Born in Tokyo, from her early childhood Sumire Yoshihara was taking Marimba lessons under Shoji Kudo. After entering the highschool, she began studying percussion with Yusuke Oyake and afterwards continued her studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with Makoto Aruga (percussion) and Michiko Takahashi (Marimba).

1972 While still being a master course student of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music she won the 1st Prize of the Geneva International Music Competition (section: percussion) as well as the Prix American and the Grand Prix of the Competition. In the meantime she became engaged in various activities as a soloist in Europe and America.
1977 Awarded 2nd prize at Munich International Music Competition (1st prize not assigned). Her first solo record released worldwide by RCA.
1979 -1985 “The World of Sumire Yoshihara’s Percussion 1-5”, Solo Album Series in five parts produced by Camerata Label.
1980 Awarded Suntory Music Award. Moreover National Arts Festival Award for her album “The world of Sumire Yoshihara’s percussion 1”
As a member of the Ensemble Vent d’Orient
and the Triangle Music Tour she was engaged with manifold activities
in the field of chamber music. She was honoured with the Nakajima
Kenzo Award in 1983 as a member of the Ensemble Vent d’Orient.
1986 Release of her CD “Un petit concert chez Tachibana” produced by Takashi Tachibana.
1986-1993 Release of four solo CDs and one duo CD, “Duel”, with Suiho Tosha (bamboo flutist) produced by CBS Sony
1991/1997 Jury member of Munich International Music Competition
1992 Jury member of Geneva International Music Competition
1993 Appearance as a soloist at ”Music from Japan”, New York
1997 “Percussion News 1” CD Release (Fontec)
2002 “Percussion News 2” CD Release (Fontec)20th Nakajima Kenzo Music Award.
2004 13th Asahi Contemporary Music Award

At present Sumire Yoshihara is a member of “Ensemble Takemitsu” and a professor of Musashino Academia Musicae.



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