Ayane & Paul

Known for their vibrant, high-level performances and progressive programming, Brooklyn-based duo AYANE & PAUL bring a fresh perspective to the viola/cello combination via thoughtfully crafted sonorities and inspired musicianship.

Ayane & Paul formed in 2014, shortly after Ayane Kozasa commissioned Paul Wiancko to compose a work for viola and cello. The resulting piece, American Haiku, explores Ayane's background as a Japanese artist growing up in the United States as well as Paul's Japanese-American heritage. During this initial collaboration, Ayane & Paul discovered a deep musical bond and an ability to connect meaningfully with listeners on and off the stage. Since premiering American Haiku at the S&R Foundation in Washington D.C., Ayane & Paul have shared innovative, personal, and thought-provoking music with audiences around the world.

Featured as the inaugural resident artists at the Antenna Cloud Farm Music Festival, Ayane & Paul have recently appeared at Cape Cod's Highfield Hall and Tokyo's Trust City, and have appeared as guest artists at the Piedmont and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals, Seattle's Emerald City Music, the Otaru Viola Festival in Hokkaido, and with Tennessee's IRIS Orchestra.

PAUL WIANCKO is a cello soloist, chamber musician, and active member of New York's new music community. In addition to appearing on numerous albums and collaborating with artists ranging from Chick Corea and Jóhann Jóhannsson to Yo-Yo Ma and the Guarneri Quartet, Mr. Wiancko is a highly sought-after composer, creating genre-bending works for artists such as the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, Met Opera soprano Susanna Phillips, yMusic, and the Boston Cello Quartet.

AYANE KOZASA is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet and winner of the Primrose International Viola Competition. Ms. Kozasa loves performing chamber music, and is reknowned for her detailed artistic approach and radiant performances. The Aizuri Quartet gained international acclaim when they captured first prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the penultimate round of which they presented a breathtaking rendition of Paul's second string quartet, LIFT.

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