Michi Sugiura has received prizes at the Queen Elisabeth, Menuhin, Carl Flesch, Montreal, and Japan International Violin Competitions. Her engagements have included concerts with orchestras such as the BRT (Belgian Radio-Television) Philharmonic Orchestra (Brussels), Knoxville Chamber Orchestra (USA), Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu (Czech Republic), Gunma Symphony Orchestra (Japan), and recitals in Japan, Washington, and Brussels. She has also been heard on RTBF (Radio-Television belge de la Communaute francaise – Brussels), NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation — national), and WMFT (Chicago, USA) radio recitals.
As part of the “Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music” at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival (Maine, USA), Ms. Sugiura performed the Corigliano Sonata with famed composer John Corigliano present. The performance was received with high acclaim from composer and audience alike. Other chamber concerts during the summer festival included collaboration with Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, and Charles Neidich.
As winner of competitions in the U.S., Ms. Sugiura has performed with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra (Academy of Music), National Symphony Orchestra (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Washington D.C., Michi Sugiura was invited, at the age of 16, to attend the Curtis Institute of Music by renowned pedagogue Ivan Galamian. Upon graduation, she continued her studies at the Indiana University of Music. Starting with the tutelage of Berl Senofsky, her teachers include Ivan Galamian, Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), Yumi Ninomiya Scott, Miriam Fried, Franco Gulli, and Toshiya Eto.
While residing in Indiana, Ms. Sugiura joined the Whitney Piano Trio. Their concerts led to performances on the Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art Concert Series in Washington D.C., both of which were heard on radio broadcasts. The piano trio received government grants for an educational/concert series serving schools and communities in the Indiana and Kentucky area. Ms. Sugiura held the position of Visiting Associate Professor at the Indiana University of Music. She currently serves on the jury of the prestigious Japan National Music Competition for Students.