Artist Bio

Ayano Kataoka, percussion

Percussionist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She is Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been a Season Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006, when she was chosen as the first percussionist for the society’s prestigious Bowers Program (formerly known as CMS Two). She has collaborated with many outstanding artists, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianists Emanuel Ax and Gilbert Kalish, soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Ani Kavafian, and clarinetist David Shifrin.