Venus Classics

Ayako Yonetani

Dr. Yonetani was born in Kobe, Japan, and began violin studies at the age of five with Saburo Sumi. Since winning the Japan National competition at age nine, Ayako Yonetani has quickly ascended to the top ranks of Japan’s violinists.

She 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, Gil Shaham and Sarah Chang. She served an assistant faculty to the late Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Currently, she is a full-professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida and is also a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. She teaches at the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival as the Jay and Doris Christopher endowed Chair of Strings.

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. Dr. Yonetani was re-selected as an official artist in the Florida Arts & Culture State Touring program roster (2008-2010). Most recently, she was elected as an honorary Henry Crown Fellow at Aspen Institute in 2006.


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PMB 129, 4250 Alafaya Trail


Oviedo, FL 32765