Since she made a debut performance with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in 2015, violinist Sumire Hirotsuru has been invited back to join their performances in Boston and NYC several times, including a joint performance with the Parker Quartet at Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival, a tribute performance at UNICEF Children’s Champion Award, Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Ceremony, and more.
As a founding member of the Ansonia Quartet, she has raised $10,000 in 9 days on a crowdfunding website in 2017 and carried out a first international tour to Japan during the Summer. The quartet has been selected to join the Honors Chamber Music Program and Gluck Community Service Fellowship for 2017/18 Season at Juilliard, held a residency at Lunenberg Academy of Musical Performance, and appeared at Alice Tully Hall and a masterclass at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center.
She has also recorded major video game soundtracks including Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts as a member of the Video Game Orchestra in Boston and participated in their international tours and performances at Boston Symphony Hall, PAX East, and Berklee Performance Center.
Sumire was one of the four top winners of the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy and was invited to a recital tour in the U.S. including a performance in Carnegie Weil Recital Hall. She has won various violin competitions and has given concerts all over Japan including Suntory Hall, Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, and festival concerts for Music Festival Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu. Her concerto soloist debut was at the age of 12.
At home in Japan, Sumire co-founded an annual two-week educational program Summer in JAPAN in 2012. She invites her Harvard College peers to her hometown, organizing intensive workshops for around a hundred Japanese schoolchildren. She also runs a concert series as a part of the program, which has sold tickets to as many as a thousand attendees by 2017, collaborating with musicians from Harvard, Stanford, Juilliard and local professionals.
Sumire graduated from Harvard University in 2016, where she studied Music and Global Health and Health Policy. She has served as the president of Brattle Street Chamber Players and Harvard Early Music Society, and the co-concertmaster of Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. When she was at the college, she started writing for her regular column on Nikkei, the largest business newspaper in Japan. She is currently pursuing the Master of Music under Masao Kawasaki at The Juilliard School, while serving as a co-concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. Outside of school, she works for a vaccine development project in Africa with the Institute of Medical Science at University of Tokyo, continuing her passion toward global health.