Skip to menu
Site map

Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

Honorary Patrons:
Kazue Yanagida, Aisa Ijiri, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall

Japan Representative:
Kazue Yanagida

Please see Links for more information on our patrons

Special Advisor:
Jackie Wright

Godfrey King

Web Site:
Steve Rice

Established 1996

Printing services

For more than 5 years Kallkwik have looked after AJSW's printing needs for which we sincerely thank them

Special Features

YouTube Site

View all our Playlists and features

Annual Reviews

See Godfrey's Blog for AJSW Review 2013 / 2014 and previous years.

Click to view blog

Other blog categories:

Pascal's Triangle

Click to play video

Carol I Need You (click to play video)

See Pascal's Triangle feature on our Audio and Video Archive page.

Musician's Chapel Dedication

See the Musicians Chapel dedication January 2nd, 1955 on our Events page.

What we do



柳田 和江(名誉パトロン)AJSW日本代表

Click here for biography

Artist Info :: Aya Halder

◀ Back to AJSW Classical Music Programme

Aya Halder is a winner of several competitions, including The Izuminomori Competition, and The Sapporo Junior Cello Competition. As a chamber musician, Aya has appeared in the Highlands and Casher Chamber Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia with her piano trio (August 2004), where she played with the well-known Norman Fisher. Other festivals include the Toyama Chamber Music Festival, Ishikawa Music Festival, Music Masters in Kazusa (all Japan) and internationally renowned Aspen Music Festival. Aya has also attended masterclasses with David Geringus, Jian Wang, the Tokyo String Quartet and Jennifer Gilbert.

Aya is a native of Tokyo, Japan. She is currently on a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music following the MA (Performance) programme and studying with Professor David Strange. Aya received her BMus at Toho University in Tokyo, after which she attended the Eastman School of Music (New York) for one year. During her studies at Toho and the Eastman her teachers included Sumiko Kurata, Hakuro Mori, Clive Greensmith and Alan Harris.

In addition to chamber music, Aya has also been a member of the Tokyo Cello Ensemble since 2001, a highlight of which was performing in the Suntory Hall and Kioi Hall for their respective anniversaries. Aya was also selected from Toho University to play with Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi at these events. Aya is also an experienced orchestra player. She has a lot of future engagements.