Eriko Sumi,Violinist Eriko was born in Tokyo, into a musical family.
Her grandfather,Saburo Sumi,was a great violin pedagogue,who contributed greatly to the world of violin and its development in Japan as a founding member of Toho School of Music and NHK Symphony Orchestra.He was the first Asian violin pedagogue selected as a jury member of thePaganini Competition in Genoa,theLong-Thibaud Competition in Paris and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Her parents are both violinists,and her father served as a faculty member of Toho Schoolof Music.
Her uncle was also a violinist and he gave violin lessons to the current Emperor of Japan(who nowplays viola).Hearranged for Eriko, when she was five years old, toperform in a private concert for Henri,Grand Duke of Luxembourg.
She appears as a soloist in Japan,United States and throughout Europe,and her concerts have been broadcast on TV and on radio in Japan, Italy and Bulgaria. She was invited to perform at a New Year’s Concert with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra(Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestrawas named Bulgarian Festival Orchestra for the occasion of the New Year’s Concert) at the National Palace of Culture in front of an audience of 5,000 people and broadcast on Bulgarian national television.
She was the first Japanese violinist to perform with the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra at the Parliament of Budapestand to perform all ofthe 24 Caprices by Paganini at the Royal Palace of Milan(Villa Reale di Milanoand Galleria d’Arte Moderna).
She is a first prize winner of the Michelangelo Abbado International Violin Competition in Milanand, recently, she served as a jury member at the competition.
She has performed as a soloist and recitalist with many orchestras,such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic,Kanagawa PhilharmonicOrchestra,Tokyo Mozart Players,Royal Metropolitan Orchestra,Bulgarian Festival Orchestra,Sofia Philharmonic,Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Witt.
She performed Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major in her Italiandebut with the Academy Orchestra of Opera(Orchestra Accademia delle Operein Milan)and with Orchestra Philharmony Vittorio Veneto,Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera Marcello Benedetto in Italy,
Wien Camerata Schultz,Mikkeli Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Chamber Orchestra,Kiev Chamber Orchestra conducted by Roman Kofman, and, in 2014, she was selected as a soloist of New York Symphonic Ensemble during their Japan Tour.In 2015, she performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major with Yokohama Zolisten Orchestra as a violin soloist and conductor.
She has performed as a soloist at many of the world's prestigious concert halls, such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Avery Fisher Halland ,Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York,Verdi Hall at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory,Teatro Ariston di Sanremo in Italy,Suntory Hall(GrandHall),Tokyo International Forum,Tokyo Opera City (Takemitzu Memorial Hall),Karuizawa Ohga Hall,Fukuoka Symphony Hall,Biwako Hall,Kioi Hall,Italian Culture Center Hall.
Erikohas recorded several CD's and DVDs:
• Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 and Grieg Violin Sonata No.3.
• Bach Violin Solos Partita No. 2 in D Minor,with Chaconne.
• Sarasate's virtuoso work and Paganini's violin works(Sarasate:Zigeunerweisen,Carmen Fantasy; Paganini: I Palpiti,Le Streghe,Cantabile.With Sofia Philharmonic,conducted by Massimo Lambertini)
• Schubert's Piano Quintet with her aunt,Kazuko Sumi,pianist and faculty member at Tokyo Collegeof Music.
• Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major as violin soloist and conductor.
• 24 caprices of Paganini at Villa Reale di Milano.
She has performed all of 24 Caprices by Paganini in 11 major cities in Japan and she just performed her 14th concert with this programme in Tokyo.
She has been invited to perform at prestigious music festivals, such as Festival Dino Ciani,at Cortina Danpezzo in Italy,Jeffrey Swann,pianist, is a director of the festival and Maestro Riccardo Mutti serves as Honorary President.
She holds a bachelor’sdegree from the Juilliard School,studied with Dorothy Delayand had chamber music classes with Samuel Sanders.
She has collaborated with legendary violinists of the world,such as Ivly Gitlis, gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos,and Vasko Vassilev,the concert master at the Royal Opera House,London.
In 2018,she appeared on TV in Japan(TV Asahi,Nippon TV) on variety show(presenting herreal story being a violist and her part-time work at a Japanese Yakitori restaurant, which washugely successful and increased her popularity in Japan).
As her hobby,to refresh in between tours ,Eriko enjoys taking dance lessons.
Born in Tokyo to a musical family, violinist Eriko Sumi performed for the Royal Family of Luxemberg at the age of five. Her grandfather, Saburo Sumi, was a great violin pedagogue who contributed greatly to the world of violin and its development in Japan. Her parents are also violinists and her father is a faculty member of Toho School of Music.
She appears as a soloist in Japan, United States and throughout Europe and her concerts have been broadcasted on radio in Japan, Italy and Bulgaria. She is the first Japanese violinist performing with Hungarian Virtuoso Chamber Orchestra in the Parliament of Budapest, and performing all 24 caprices of Paganini at the Royal Palace of Milan (Villa Reale di Milano/Garellia Arter Moderna). She won the first prize at the Michelangelo Abbado International Competition for Violinists and recently she served as a Jury member of the competition.
In 2011 she was elected as the Ambassador for Classical Music in the World from the province of Tottori, Japan and Ms. Sumi has been organizing concerts for cultural exchange between Japan and Italy and have performed and gave master classes at the Festival e Accademia Dino Ciani in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy (Jeffrey Swann President, Honorary President Riccard Muti).
In June 2009, she has performed Paganini's violin concerto no１in D Major with Orchestra Accademia delle Opere at Sala Verdi (Verdi Hall) at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milan, Italy. Her Tchaikovsky Violin Concert with Yokohama Zolisten Orchestra performing as a soloist and also conducting the orchestra was another great success.
Some of her other past appearances as soloist include performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Kanagawa Symphony Orchestra, The Mozart Players, Royal Metropolitan Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Bulgaria Festival Orchestra, Polish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Vittoria Veneto, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Wien Camerata Schultz, Mikkeli Chamber Orchestra, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in the prestigious concert halls in the world such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall (NY, USA), Teatro Ariston di Sanremo (Italy), Suntory Hall, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo Opera city Takemitsu Memorial Hall, and Karuizawa Ohga Hall (Japan)and Kawaguchi
Lilia Music Hall(Japan).
Ms. Sumi has recorded "Violin Debut" released from Euros Label, "Appassionato Violin" of works by Paganini and Sarasate, and "Violin Solo Recital" of Partita No. 2 by Bach and Caprices by Paganini from her concert at Kioi Hall in Tokyo released from Office Amici.
Ms. Sumi holds a Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School; violin study with Dorothy Delay and chamber music with Samuel Sanders.