Cellist Sumire Kudo is an active chamber musician, and a soloist, also a member of the New York Philharmonic. Most recently, Sumire received the “Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award” of Sony Music Foundation, chosen as the most promising cellist by Seiji Ozawa and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi in 2005. By the time of her arrival in the United States in 2000, Sumire had already established herself in Japan with widespread concertizing, a record deal, and professional management. She has appeared in solo performances with Toho Gakuen Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and many others. Sumire has participated in numerous music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Santa Fe Music Festival, SummerFest La Jolla, the Miyazaki Music Festival, Music@Menlo Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Before joining New York Philharmonic, Sumire was the cellist of Avalon String Quartet. She had taught at Indiana University South Bend from 2004 to 2006 where quartet has been the artist-in-residence, after serving as an assistant to the Juilliard Quartet for two years at The Juilliard School. In 2001, Sumires second solo CD, “Love of Beauty” was released by the Philips Label and chosen for the Best Recording Award by Record Geijutsu magazine in Japan.