Debra Ayers, piano

    Debra Ayers performs internationally as a recitalist with instrumentalists, singers and chamber music ensembles. Co-founder of Montage Music Society, she also performs with Abiquiu Chamber Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, Serenata of Santa Fe, Taos Chamber Music Group, Taos Trio, Sunday Chatter and Santa Fe Desert Chorale.
    In addition, Ayers has enjoyed collaborations with the Aspen Music Festival Chamber Players; American, Apple Hill, La Catrina and Vega string quartets; Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Pro Musica’s Chamber Ballet, the International Piatti Cello Festival and at Denver’s annual JAAMM Festival.
    A proponent of contemporary music, premieres include works by Ofer Ben-Amots, William Bolcom, Paul Elwood, Jeff Harrington, Andrew List, Daniel Schnyder, Ronald Strauss and Yehudi Wyner. Ayers and cellist Marc Moskovitz presented the North American premiere of the rediscovered Zemlinsky Cello Sonata at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
    An alumna of the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin, her teachers include Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Jean Barr, André-Michel Schub, Brooks Smith, Martin Katz, and John Barrows.
    Ayers can be heard on a number of critically- acclaimed recordings, including “STARRY NIGHT Project…music based on visual art” (MSR) and Music of Ernst Krenek with soprano Ilana Davidson. Her newest recordings (music by Ofer Ben-Amots) are in the Milken Archive.   See website at