Sayuri Kuru

Section Violin

Japanese violinist Sayuri Kuru received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studied violin repertoire with Joel Smirnoff and Masao Kawasaki as well as chamber music with David Finckel, Nicholas Mann, and Darrett Adkins.

Growing up in Kyoto prefecture, she began her classical music training at the age of three and was a prizewinner at the Osaka International Competition, Japan Classical Violin Competition, and a semi-finalist at the Johansen International Competition. Her stage experiences include performing violin concertos and solo recitals around Japan, in the United States, and most memorably in Italy where she performed at historical venues such as the Teatro Olimpico, Palazzo Vecchio and Casa di Dante. Her previous mentors also include Koichiro Harada and Michiko Kamiya at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She has performed in masterclasses held by Midori Goto, Mihaela Martin, Svetlin Roussev, Clara-Jumi Kang, Kyoko Takezawa, Mayuko Kamio and actively participated in summer music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival & School as a fellowship student, PyeongChang Music Festival & School, Ishikawa Music Academy, and Incheon Music Festival.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis to keep in shape, reading, and expanding her culinary knowledge on Japanese and other cuisines.