Ayumi Janke was born into a German-Japanese family in Munich, Germany. From the age of three onwards she studied the piano under the guidance of her father Prof. Ansgar Janke, and just shortly later also the violin. She was accepted as a junior student by Prof. Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling at the Mozarteum Salzburg and, after graduating from secondary school, she studied the piano as a regular student and was awarded the Masters degree with Distinction in 2010. Further inspiration she received from Prof. Gerhard Oppitz, Prof. Klaus Hellwig and Prof. Sergei Dorenski.
At the age of five she won the 1. Price with Distinction at the ‘Jugend musiziert’ German federal competition for piano soloists and further first prices on regional and federal level in different ensembles, often together with the award of various special prices. Additionally, she was awarded a price by the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth. Several foundations such as the ‘Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’ (German National Academic Foundation) or the ‘Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben’ (German Foundation for Musical Life) have awarded her grants and fellowships.
She performed concerts in famous European and Japanese concert halls and occasions, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, the Mittelrhein Musik-Momenten, the Bach-Festival Bern and the ‘Lago Maggiore’ in Italy. Apart from her soloist concerts she has accomplished praise in the field of chamber music. At the Sarasate-Competition in Pamplona/Spain she was awarded a special price for exemplary performance as piano accompanist in 2007. Since then she has been named official piano accompanist at numerous international competitions and master courses.
Ayumi Janke complements her work as an artist on stage by her didactic work as a member of the ‘Interdisziplinaere Forum für kuenstlerische Interpretation’ (Interdisciplinary Forum for Artist Interpretation) at the Leopold Mozart Center, University of Augsburg and since 2015 at the ‘Kalaidos Musikhochschule Aarau’ (Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences) in Switzerland