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.