Aiyana Anderson Howatt is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she received a Masters in Music degree. After a period of freelancing in Vancouver, Aiyana took up the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin with Symphony Nova Scotia. Two years later, she returned to her hometown to join the first violin section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In addition to orchestral playing, Aiyana also enjoys teaching and playing chamber music. She is a founding member of the Onyx String Quartet and has played with various other ensembles in Edmonton, including Alberta Baroque Ensemble, New Music Edmonton, and WindRose Trio.
In June of 2020 Aiyana performed a duet with her (pandemic cohort-safe) husband, bassoonist Matthew Howatt, for the C’mon Festival’s documentary film Chamber. The footage was shot in Edmonton’s lush river valley, accompanied by lots of mosquitoes! As much as she is passionate about music, Aiyana also loves silence, and she is at her happiest on backpacking or cross-country ski adventures in the wilderness. An avid bicycle commuter, Aiyana is proud to live a car-free life.