B i o g r a p h y
Marimba / Percussion performer.
An endorser and artist of Balter Mallets and Japanese KOROGI Marimba. Based in Detmold, Germany.
Ayami Okamura is a Japanese percussion soloist and chamber musician based in Germany. Born in Kyoto, Japan, she began her musical education at the age of 5 on the piano, and began exploring the percussion in middle school. In college, she discovered the marimba which became the center of her interest in percussion. In order to expand the repertoire for marimba, she is focused on making arrangements for classical/modern repertoire, film music, world music, and jazz tunes. Ayami’s recent solo projects focus on the marimba as a tool for therapy through music. In these unique projects, she uses her own texts to connect the repertoire into one complete thought.
Ayami has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Italy International Percussion Competition, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Japan Classical Music Competition, and Great Wall International Competition.
She has performed as a guest on recitals with world-renowned musicians such as guitarist Elliot Fisk and marimbist Gordon Stout. Also she was the guest artist at Southern California Marimba, Boston Tromp International Percussion Seminar, Boston GuitarFest, Ivana Summer Percussion Festival and Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Besides her solo career, Ayami has been performing with Dan deSimone as "SHIKI Percussion Duo", with Izumi Hoshino as violin and marimba duo "MixUs", and with Japanese percussion ensemble "Legare Incontro".
She has worked and/or performed with artists such as world famous percussionists David Friedman, Gordon Stout, Julie Spencer, Ivana Bilic, Nikola Kerbanjevic, Nanae Mimura, Wei-Chen Lin, Samuel Solomon, Nancy Zeltsman, and composers Takuo Kochi, Andrew Thomas, Paul Lansky, and Peter Klatzow.
Ayami's recording of "Suite for Solo Marimba" by American composer Suzanne Sheppard is available on CD baby, iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. She recently recorded David Friedman’s "Tell Me A Story" for percussion quintet and "Charlie Chaplin" for marimba solo in Berlin, Germany.
Okamura went on to study at the Kyoto City University of Arts, the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Hochschule für Musik Detmold. Her teachers include Nancy Zeltsman, Peter Prommel, Fumito Nunoya, Kostadin Delinikolov, Doug Perkins, Samuel Solomon, Makoto Nakura, Kunihiko Komori and Tsuyoshi Yamamoto.
Ayami is an endorser and artist of "Balter Mallets", and "KOROGI Marimba".