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

2019-2020 season

International Solo (6)

            ·     5/10. Tchaikovsky violin concerto concert at Spiska Nova ves, Slovakia with the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice

           ·     6/10.  Violin recital in Kushiro, Japan.  Vitali: Chaconne, Ishimaru: Song at noon, Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2, Bottesini: Grand Duo Concertante, Faure: Sonata No. 1. 

           ·     7/24. Violin & Organ recital in Bardejov, Slovaki

           ·     7/25. Violin & Organ recital in Humenne, Slovakia

           ·     7/26. Violin & Organ recital in Michalovce, Slovakia.   Vitali: Chaconne, Albinoni: Adagio in g, Bach: Chaconne

           ·     11/3. Violin recital in Montreal, Canada. Lekeu Sonata, Faure Sonata No. 1

                                    International Ensemble (8)

           ·     6/15 and 6/16.  Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Subscription Concerts, Tokyo, Japan.  Haydn: Symphony No. 49, Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

           ·     9/21 and 9/22. Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Subscription Concerts, Tokyo, Japan. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, Serenade, KV.250, “Haffner Serenade”

           ·     11/23 and 11/24. Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Subscription Concerts, Tokyo, Japan. Arensky: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein: Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4 in Ga major, Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme

           ·     4/5 and 4/6. Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra 116thSubscription Concerts, Tokyo, Japan. Mozart: Serenade No. 6 “Serenata Notturna”, Symphony No. 25, Serenade No. 10 “Gran Partita”

                                    National Solo (2)

           ·     8/17. Aspen Institute Graduation Event, Aspen, CO. Bach: Chaconne

           ·     11/4. Violin Recital at Wofford College, SC.

                                     Regional and Local Solo (4)

           ·     8/25. Violin Recital, Rehearsal Hall, UCF. Vitali: Chaconne, Ravel: Sonata No. 2, Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2, Brahms: “Minnelied” for viola and piano.

           ·     10/21. Glazunov Violin Concerto with Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra at Bob Carr Theater

           ·     2/16.  Brahms Double Concerto with UCF Symphony Orchestra and David Bjella at the St. Lukes Lutheran Concert Series, Oviedo.

          ·     2/17. Fundraising Concert for Opera Orlando. Bach Violin Concerto, Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo

                                    Regional and Local Ensemble (5)

           ·     6/23 and 6/24. Orlando Philharmonic Concert at Dr. Phillips, member.  “American Blues featuring Rhiannon Giddens”

            ·     10/13. (two concerts)  Orlando Philharmonic at Bob Carr Theater

            ·     12/10.  Holiday Music Recording, Trio (Andrew & Kimi Sugaya and I) for WMFE 90. 7 HD-2 (broadcast on 12/24 & 12/25) https://www.wmfe.org/local-holiday-music

            ·     Christmas Eve and Easter Service (gig) Concertmaster. (not included in a concert)

Awards

  • 2013  Re-selected for an official artist for the Florida State Touring Artists Program.
  • 2010   The Women Making a History Award, UCF
  • 2008   Research Incentive Award at UCF
  • 2006   Honorary Crown Fellow from the Aspen Institute

Activities

Workshops, Seminars, Etc. Conducted by semester:

·     7/30-8/4   JDR Summer String Academy, Dallas, TX

·     8/25    All-State Preparation Clinic at UCF, violin sections

·     11/26  I gave a Violin Master Class at the College of Music, Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan

·     12/15 Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra 1stviolin sectional coaching

·     1/5 Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra 1stviolin sectional coaching

·     3/25 I organized and invited Callisto quartet, the award-winning string quartet to give a master class by them for the string students and anybody who wanted to come to the class.

  • 5/17   Pine Crest Academy Group Coaching. 

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93247 MUN6465 Intensive Chamber Music Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W,F 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Not Online
No Description Available
89363 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89364 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89697 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89698 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2019.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10524 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
10178 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
10193 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
10198 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10199 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10547 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10548 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
80360 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80823 MUN5465L Graduate Chamber Music Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu 12:00 PM - 01:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80206 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80224 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80230 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80576 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Available
No Description Available

Updated: May 21, 2019

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