UCF Music Department
Ayako Yonetani

Ayako Yonetani

  • Professor

ayako.yonetani@ucf.edu
407-823-6190
Office Hours: By appointment only
Campus Location: PACM127
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   "She transformed the Museum into a Cathedral of Music... Ayako Yonetani performed twice during the Kosice Spring Music Festival this year and proved to be 'the most favorite performer' of this year's festival”                                                           ———-Korzo, Slovak Republic

    "A high sense of beauty.”                          ———Ongaku no Tomo, Tokyo, Japan

      "Ravishing tone, technical mastery, and all-out expressiveness distinguished her                                        playing…” about Sibelius concerto                      ————-Herald-Tribune

Ayako Yonetani, DMA violinist and violist, was born in Kobe, Japan, where, at the age of five, she began violin studies with the famous Saburo Sumi. After winning the Japan National Competition at age nine, she quickly ascended to the top ranks of Japan’s violinists. She performed as a soloist with renowned Japanese orchestras- including NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, and Gunma Symphony- before she came to US.

Dr Yonetani received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Hyo Kang and the late Dorothy DeLay, world-renowned violin pedagogue, who taught such artists as Perlman, Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham and Sarah Chang. From 1989 she assisted the late Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard pre-college division and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Since Dr. Yonetani moved to the US in 1982, she has appeared frequently as a recitalist in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Orlando, performing numerous solo recitals, solos with orchestras, chamber music and ensemble performances. Outside of the US, Dr. Yonetani has also performed in such prestigious venues as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverrein, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Slovak Republic’s Dome Umenia, Dresden’s Semperoper, and Astana City Hall in Kazakhstan. In 2012 and 2013, Yonetani performed for the President of Panama and the Japanese Ambassador to Panama in an event to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Japan’s earthquake/tsunami and for the Japanese emperor’s birthday event. 

Dr. Yonetani has been engaged internationally teaching master classes, judging music competitions, and recording. In 2005, she was invited to judge the International Competition “Shabyt” in Kazakhstan, where she also premiered a double violin concerto with the Astana City Symphony Orchestra. Yonetani has released four solo CDs of Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn concertos, Bruch, Beethoven with original cadenza/Brahms concertos. She has participated in the production of six ensemble CDs as a member of Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo.  Her Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn concerto CD with the Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra was selected as “The CD of the Month” by WMFE-90.7FM in October 2004. Japan’s premier music publisher, Ongaku no Tomo, published her Japanese translation of Barbara L. Sand’s book Teaching Genius: Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musicianin November, 2001. The book is currently in its fourth printing and over 4,500 copies have been sold.

Dr. Yonetani has received the highest praise for her interpretations of Bach’s Chaconne, the unaccompanied Partita No. 2 in D minor. She performed Bach’s Chaconne at the inauguration of the President of Wofford College, and she has been invited back each summer since 2000 to play this piece for the Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, where she was elected as an honorary Henry Crown Fellow in 2006.

 Currently she is a full professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida and a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble, Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra (formerly Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo). She has been an official artist for the Florida State Touring Program since 2006, the first violinist chosen in its 30-year history.  In 2018-2019 season, Yonetani will perform concertos with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, UCF Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice and the Uzggorod Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine). Mostly recently, Yonetani became the director of UCF Graduate String Quartet program.

Education

  • D.M.A. in Violin Performance from Juilliard School (1993)
  • M.M. in Violin Performance from Juilliard School (1987)
  • B.M. in Violin Performance from Juilliard School (1986)

Research Interests

Violin Performance (concert)

Joint research about music and the brain

Recent Research Activities

The review of her recent CD, "Romantic concerti" states,
"Florida-based Ayako Yonetani may not be up there in reputation with such benchmark performers of Glazunov’s violin concerto as Jascha Heifetz’ or David Oistrakh, nevertheless, on this newly-released disc she delivers a distinctive account of her own which, given the relative rarity of new recordings, is worth hearing."
----Rob Maynard
MusicWeb Intenational

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865-1936)
Violin concerto in A minor, op. 82 (1904) [21:36]
Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Violin concerto in D major, op. 35 (1878) [39:08]
Ayako Yonetani (violin)
Slovak State Philharmonic of Košice/Leoš Svárovský
rec. 2018/19, Dom Umenia, Košice, Slovakia,
VENUS CLASSICS 852-346-5732 [60:44]
 

Awards

  • 2017  UCF Scroll & Quill Society Inductee.
  • 2013 & 2014LIFE at UCF grant award
  • 2012   “Endowed Ayako Yonetani String Scholarship” was established at UCF
  • 2010   The Women Making a History Award, UCF
  • 2008   Research Incentive Award at UCF
  • 2006   Honorary Crown Fellow from the Aspen Institute
  • 2006-16 Selected five times as an Official Artist for the Florida State Touring Program

Activities

Yonetani will perform several virtual concerts including the collaboration concert with Masami Koshikawa, artist at the Timcua Foundation and some string quartet concerts for the 2020-2021 season. 

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2021.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
82165 MUS6465 Intensive Chamber Music Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 11:20 AM Available
No Description Available
82181 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80582 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80583 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
80889 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
93041 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) M 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20537 MUS3684H How Music Affects Your Brain Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available
No Description Available
21007 MUS6465 Intensive Chamber Music Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 11:20 AM Available
No Description Available
17144 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17145 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
17478 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
17479 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93247 MUS6465 Intensive Chamber Music Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 11:20 AM Available
No Description Available
93459 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89363 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89364 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89697 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
89698 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

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