Ayla Takeda Moreno

Ayla started playing the piano and violin at the age of 3 and currently studies piano with Dr. Svetlana Arakelova and violin with Dr. Laura Tagawa. She has been invited to perform on violin and piano at various venues in Tucson and Japan, including the Tucson Annual Japanese Festival, Tucson Folk Festival, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson Youth Talent Showcase, several churches, and more.

In 2017, at the age of 6, Ayla earned a Judge’s Honorable Commendation at the Young Artists Competition by Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She later won 1st place at the Merit Scholarship Piano Competition by TMTA and also has earned medal at the state piano competition by ASMTA. In 2018, Ayla won 1st place at Merit Scholarship Competition two years in a row then 1st place at the Young Artists Competition by the Civic Orchestra of Tucson and performed Berkovich piano Concerto with the orchestra. In 2019, she won 1st place in the Junior Division at the Youth Concerto Competition by South Arizona Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart Piano Concerto No1 and had opportunity to perform with them. Also she received honorable mention at the Civic Orchestra Competition in Junior String Division performing Rieding Violin Concerto in Hungarian Style. In the summer of 2019, she performed Mozart Piano Concerto with Tucson Repertory Orchestra during their tour in Japan and she was featured in Arizona Daily Star.

In 2020, she won 1st place with Judge’s distinction at international concerto competition by American Protege and invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. Also she won Honorable mention for both Piano and Violin at the competition by Civic Orchestra Tucson , Junior division. In addition to that, she received 2nd place at Bay Area Piano Competition.

Also in 2020, she attended Interlochen Arts camp (violin), Colburn Piano Seminar (piano) during summer break and Philadelphia International Music Festival (violin) during winter break. Awards in 2021 (piano) Arizona Young Artist Piano Competition – 2nd place for solo (beginning elementary) and also 2nd place for solo junior concerto division. special Amy Fu award for Bach Paderewski International Piano Competition – 2nd place International Online Performance Competition – 2nd prize & Outstanding personality London Young Musician Competition – Gold Prize & Fantastic technique special prize Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition, Poland – 2nd prize

You can find Ayla’s performance here.

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