Aya Terki is majoring in Music Performance and is a cello student of Eric Jacobsen. Prior to studying at New York University, she was a member of the Children’s Orchestra Society for 12 years. Her previous teachers include Ms. Grace Wu and Dr. Diliana Momtchillova.
In 2010 and 2012, Aya was the winner of the Children’s Orchestra Society’s Discovery Competition and was featured as a soloist at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, of which The New York Times hailed that she "showed promise during her poised performance." In addition, Aya has sat principal chair of the All County Orchestra, the Long Island String Festival Association Orchestra, and the NYSSMA All-State String Orchestra. She is currently the principal cellist of the NYU Philharmonia.
Aya is passionate about using music to help others. She has volunteered with numerous summer music programs and co-founded a mentoring program for the students in the Children’s Orchestra Society. She also organized concerts that raised over $2,000 to benefit the victims of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. As a part of this global network at NYU, Aya hopes to discover her cultural identity through her Japanese and Egyptian heritage, as well as through her academic and musical studies.