30 September 2007
Ayako Matsunaga (Baroqueviolin)
Ayako Matsunaga - baroque violin
Ayako Matsunaga was born in Tokyo, Japan. She started the violin at a very young age. In 1995 she began her studies at the Toho college of Music, where she graduated in modern violin. During her time there she also began studying baroque violin as a minor subject, and quickly gained a strong affinity with early repertoire. Ayako was awarded the Early Music Prize in Japan in 2002, and the third prize and audience prize at the Premio Bonporti in Rovereto, Italy, in 2007. After studying in Amsterdam with Lucy van Dael and Marie Leonhardt, Ayako moved to Italy to study with Stefano Montanari in Milan, where she is currently based since graduating in 2010. Ayako has an active performing career in Japan and Europe, and works regularly with such ensembles as Il Giardino Armonico (G. Antonini), Ensemble Zefiro (A. Bernardini), Ensemble Cordia (S. Veggetti), Ghislieri Consort and Le Cercle del’Harmonie etc.