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 with Symphony Nova Scotia. Two years later, she returned to Edmonton, her home town, to join the Edmonton Symphony. Besides orchestral playing, Aiyana also teaches and plays 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. As much as Aiyana is passionate about music, she also loves silence and is at her happiest on backpacking or cross-country ski adventures in the wilderness. She is an avid bicycle commuter and is proud to live a car-free life.