Ayumi OkadaNew York, NY
A native of Kyoto Japan, composer Ayumi Okada began piano studies at age five and composition at age seven. She received her BA and MA in Music Education from Kyoto University of Education and studied composition under the tutelage of Hiroyuki Osawa. During her university years, her compositions were performed in a number of settings.
After she came to NY, USA, Ayumi Okada was trained at Mannes College of Music, where she received her MM in Composition under the tutelage of David Loeb. During her years at Mannes, she has won four composition awards including, first prize in Jean Schneider Goberman Competition (2010) , Mannes Orchestra Competition (2010) , CIRCE competition (2011) , and Martinů Composition Award (2011) .
Ms.Okada is now actively composing in New York, and her compositional catalog includes vocal works and instrumental works of which the various instrumentation settings range from solo pieces to a full orchestral piece. Three of her chamber music, including "In the Ancient Forest for Cello" were published through Abundant Silence Publishing in March 2013.