Ayako Tanaka
Ayako Tanaka was born in Osaka (Japan). She received her musical education in the strictest Hungarian tradition.
She received several prizes at competitions (2nd Prize at the Wakayama competition, prize-winner at the
soloists competitions of Japan, 1st prize at the Osaka competition) and received her European music education
from tibor varga who will say of her:
 « Ayako Tanaka is in possession of a violin technique allowing her to freely express her extraordinary force of
communication. By her personality and capacities, she is certainly one of the distinguished representatives of the
young generation of violinists. »
She gives concerts as a soloist, in Switzerland (Victoria Hall in Geneva), in Italy, in Germany and in Japan.
She entered the CNSM de Lyon in 1995, in the class of Peter Csaba, Pavel Vernikov and Mr Vaitsner and
obtained unanimously a Premier Prix with the mention 'Très bien' and the congratulations of the jury. In 1995
she won the 1st prize, unanimously, of the International Competition Rovere d'Oro.
In 1997 she became first violin of the Psophos quartet. In less than three years the Psophos quartet won the
4th Prize at the London International String quartet Competition, the 3rd Prize at the Osaka International
Competition, the 2nd Prize at the International Vitorio Gui competition and the Special Prize of the Mozarteum
Academy in Salzburg. In September 2001 this culminated in the PREMIER GRAND PRIX of the Bordeaux
International String Quartet Competition, together with the unanimous international press prize, the Serge den
Arend prize for the best Mozart interpretation, the Maurice O'Hana prize and the Mécenat Musical Société
Générale Prize for the recording of a CD.
These victories contributed greatly to invitations for the Psophos quartet on the most important stages and
international festivals. In January 2005, the Psophos quartet was nominated at the Victoires de la Musique in the
category "best musical ensemble of the year", to be followed by radio BBC3 in London inviting the quartet to
join the prestigious series "new generation artists" for 2006 and 2007.
Ayako likes to share her passion for chamber music with artists like Dana Ciocarlie, Henri Demarquette, Alain
Meunier, Raphaël Oleg, Emmanuelle Bertrand, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Franck Braley,
Eric Lesage, the Lindsay Quartet, the Ebène quartet, Nicolas Dautricourt, Cédric Tiberghien, Paul Meyer, Jean-
Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, Isabelle Moretti and plays the first violin in the ensemble 'Dissonances'. She performs
regularly with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as co-leader at the Orchestre de Besan-
çon during four years.
Since 2003, Ayako Tanaka is a fervent supporter of the association RIVE which fights against HIV in the Indian
Ocean (Réunion, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Comores and Mayotte) and contributes actively every year
by giving concerts with a couple of musicians-friends on these islands. The income from these concerts is given
to local associations for HIV-prevention.
Since early 2006, Ayako Tanaka plays a 1628 Antonius & Hieronymus Amati violin belonging to two anony-
mous sponsors.