Born in Tokyo, Japan, violinist Kineko Okumura was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship after her successful Tokyo debut. Her American recital debut was enthusiastically received and, as a student at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, she was selected on three occasions to perform as a soloist. In Italy, Ms. Okumura was selected from the master class of Franco Guilli to perform it the Grand Concert of the Accademia Chigiana. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where she studied with Oscar Shumsky. She has won numerous awards and competitions, including the Paganini International Competition and the Ysaye Award. Formerly a member of the Gramercy String Quartet and the New York Chamber Orchestra, and now a regular performer with the Ariel Ensemble, Ms. Okumura has also performed many solo recitals and made numerous music festival appearances.In 1983 she joined the Sacramento Symphony,where she appeared as soloist. Currently she holds the position of Principal Second Violin with the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra and performs extensively in the Bay Area. She holds the position of Associate Concertmaster with both the Pro Art Symphony and the Classical Philharmonic and is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. Prior to this she was a permanent substitute for the New York Philharmonic and Principal Second for the New Jersey Symphony.