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UEHARA, Ayako
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Ayako Uehara studied music at Yamaha Music School since the age of three,taking lessons in piano,composition and general musicianship. Since May 1990,she has been studying under the Yamaha Master Class, taking regular piano lessons by Fumiko Eguchi, Shinji Urakabe and Vera Gornostaeva. In 1992, Ayako won the First Prize at the 3rd International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen, Germany. She made her concerto debut at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 with the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich. In September 1995, she won Second Prize at the 2nd International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, held in Sendai, Japan. In May 1997, Ayako gave an extended concert tour in Poland, performing with the Bialystok Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marcin NALECZ-NIESIOLOWSKI in Bialystok and recitals in Bydgoszcz.Warsaw,Poznan and an appearance at The International Music Festival of Lancut, which was televised by Polish National and Satellite Television. She was also invited to perform at the 52nd International Chopin Festival Duszniki Zdroj 1997. In 1998 Ayako was selected as a young Semifinalist at the Eleventh International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow. In 2000, Ayako won the 2nd Prize at the 7th Sydney International Piano Competition held in Austalia. She was also awarded People's Choice Prize, Australian Work's Prize, Chamber Music Prize, Chopin Prize, Schubert Prize, Debussy Prize,and Etude Prize. In the same year, she became the 2nd Prize winner at the 4th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition held in Japan. She also received the Best Performer of the Japanese Work. In 2001, Ayako gave a concert tour in Australia, performing with the Sydney Symphony conducted by Paavo Jarvi and recitals. Also, she was invited to perform at the 56th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdroj in Poland and gave a recital. In June 2002, Ayako became the first women to win the 1st Prize in piano division at the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow.
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