Aiko Noda joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in September 2008. Born in Japan, she moved to Switzerland at the age of nine to study with Hungarian violinist and pedagogue Tibor Varga at the Ecole Supérieure de Musique of Sion. She continued her studies with Shmuel Ashkenasi at Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany and at Northern Illinois University in the United States.
Noda has received numerous awards, including the Young Concert Artist Award in Osaka and the Tokyo International Association of Artists in Japan, and a special award at the International Music Festival Tibor Varga. In addition, she was winner of the Concerto Competition of Northern Illinois University. Since her youth, acclaimed for her musicianship, she has performed in Europe, Japan and the United States in chamber music and recital. She has appeared as soloist with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra in Japan and the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Romania in Bucharest, among others.
As a student, Noda regularly played with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Opera House Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala in Milan and the Minnesota Orchestra. For many years, she acted as leader of the second violin section and concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra Sion.
During the 2006/07 season, Aiko Noda joined the faculties of the Renaissance Music Academy and Radford University in Virginia and became a member of the Avanti Ensemble. Locally, she has appeared on the “Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts” series and the Orchestra’s chamber music series, both broadcast on WFMT-FM.