Ayla Moreno started playing the piano and the violin at the age of 3 and is currently studying piano with Dr. Svetlana Arakelova and violin with Dr. Laura Tagawa. This summer, she was selected to perform with Orchestra do Algarve under the baton of Italian Conductor Maurizio Colasanti in Portugal.
Her first appearance with an orchestra as a soloist was when she was 6 years old, playing a piano concerto with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson. She has also performed with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Repertory Orchestra during their tour in Japan, and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. She has been invited to perform on the violin and piano at various venues, including the Tucson Japanese Festival, the Tucson Folk Festival, and more.
She is a prize winner of numerous national and international competitions. She won 1st place for both violin and piano at the Young Artists’ Competition of the Civic Orchestra of Tucson; 1st place for piano and 2nd place for violin for the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra competition; 1st place at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Hartford, CT; 1st place at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition online; Gold Medal at the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra on the piano; 1st place at the WPTO Spain International Piano Competition; 1st place for the Tiziano Rossetti International Music Competition for piano and violin; and 1st place for both piano and violin in the Charleston International Music Competition.
Ayla attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, Colburn Piano Seminar, Philadelphia International Music Festival, HeifetzPEG, SIMA classics in Poland, and Piano Concerto Festival in Portugal. Other than music, she loves to dance and will be performing in the Nutcracker by Ballet Tucson this holiday season.
Ayla will perform the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Civic Orchestra of Tucson on October 21 and 22, 2023.