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Joel Ayau



Biography

American pianist, coach, and teacher Joel Ayau is in his second season in the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He recently served as an Assistant Conductor for WNO's production of Carmen and the world premiere of Better Gods. Last season with WNO he was an Assistant Conductor for Cinderella. As a coach and répétiteur, he has worked with companies including the Music Academy of the West and the Aspen Opera Theatre Center, playing under conductors including George Manahan, James Gaffigan, Josep Caballé Domenech, and Christopher Larkin. He was also on the music staff of the Castleton Festival as chorus master and opera scenes coach and assisted in the preparation of Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, and Roméo et Juliette. From 2011 to 2014, he served as pianist for the United States Army Chorus, performing for foreign dignitaries and audiences around the country. He has performed instrumental recitals with such artists as Ian Bousfield, David Halen, and Charles Neidich, and his work accompanying singers has taken him to Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in Collaborative Piano. He earned a Master's degree in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance and Computer Science from New York University.
Joel Ayau