Ayako Oshima, winner of numerous international competitions including the 55th Japan Music Competition in Tokyo, the Winds and Percussion Competition in Japan, and 3rd Prize winner in the 17th International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, where she also received the Golden Harp award given to the favorite of the audience and critics, She performs on a regular basis both in recital and in concerto appearances with orchestra, most recently in a gala concert featuring the Bernstein Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, with the NHK Symphony. she has recorded several CDs for the SONY Vivarte label. Other labels for which she has recorded include Toshiba EMI, Victor Japan, Naxos and Bridge. She recently released Bel Canto: music for two clarinets for the Aurora label.In addition to her performing career, she maintains a high profile as a teacher and is on the faculties of The Hartt School, the State University of New York at Purchase, and the Juilliard School. She has also served on the juries of the Japan Music Competition, the Japan Winds, Percussion International Competition, and the Jacques Lancelot International Clarinet Competition. Ms. Oshima has founded and is the Director of the Kita Karuizawa Music Seminar which attracts clarinet students from all over Asia and has become the most important clarinet seminar in Japan. In 2011, She founded the all female Clarinet Ensemble, NYLicorice Ensemble. NY Licorice Ensemble already has released two CDS, is in the process of releasing their 3rd. They have performed throughout Japan and in New York and have been featured on NHK television.