Praised for her "graceful" (The New York Times) performances, harpsichordist Aya Hamada is an active concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and continuo player. Currently she plays principal harpsichord for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and serves as organist at the L'Eglise Francaise du Saitn Esprit.
Aya Hamada’s concerto performance (with conductor William Christie) in Alice Tully Hall, New York, was reviewed by The New York Times as “Ms. Hamada gave a deft account to Handel’s Concerto.” She also has been described as "defined the torrent of notes beautifully for the ear, while never sacrificing virtuosity; her illuminating playing drew well-deserved cheer" The Columbus Dispatch, “flawless technique” The Boston Globe, and "superb command of the harpsichord” The Springfield Republican. Ms. Hamada has been featured in media outlets such as WQXR-NY, WOSU, NHK TV Japan, Muso Magazine (UK), Mainichi Newspaper, New Jersey Independent Press, and The Berkshire Eagle. She can be heard on recordings for Naxos and Summit Records.
Ms. Hamada won first prize in the London Music Festival Competition, second prize in the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition, and was also a winner of the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition and the Artists International Auditions. She was a recipient of the Heward Memorial Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and Historical Performance Scholarship from the Juilliard School.
A native of Kobe, Japan, Aya Hamada made her debut with the Kobe Chamber Orchestra at the age of seventeen. Since moving to the US, she has earned her master of music degree and graduate diploma in the inaugural class of Historical Performance from the Juilliard School, where she studied under Kenneth Weiss. She is currently working with Skip Sempé, and receiving additional coaching from Pierre Hantaï and Christophe Rousset. She resides in Manhattan, NYC.