Ayaka Arai

Bass, 2021

Ayaka Arai is currently a Master degree student at the DePaul University and studies double bass with Michael Hovnanian, and adjunkt bass professor in Toho Gakuen school of music since 2021(the first female professor of double bass in the history of the school). She started music with composition and electronic organ with the YAMAHA Method at an early age. She graduated from Toho College of Music (BM) and Toho Gakuen School of Music (Graduate course). She studied double bass with Hiroshi Tanaka who was the bassist of Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Shunsaku Tsutsumi, David Murray (in America) and the solo bassist Gary Karr (in Canada) since 2008. She performed at Victoria summer music festival in Canada with Gary Karr in 2013 and 2014. She received the Jury Prize of the 4th Burkhardt International Music Competition in Chamber music division, the special honorable recognition award in 9th Japan Ensemble Competition Duo Category (with Etsuko Tochino; piano) in 2008.  She worked as a bass instructor in KAWAI music school in Omotesando in 2014-2019. In Toho College of Music, she completed a course at Vienna Music Academy in Austria with Michael Pistelok and attended a concert tour in Poland. In Toho Gakuen School of Music, she has permitted to study composition with Tokuhide Niimi (the specially appointed professor of composition department), attended the classes of composition major, her orchestra work was performed by the school orchestra. Under Gary Karr’s teaching, she focused on solo music. As a soloist, she has performed with the conductor Seiji Ozawa and his chorus group.