Japanese violinist Mayuko Katsumura was a student of Yasuro Sumi at the Music High School of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and she continued her education at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Yfrah Neaman. She won first prize at the Japan Soloist Contest in 1995; the Ivan Sutton International Chamber Music Award in 2002; the second prize at the Michelangelo Abbado International Violin Competition in 2003; the International String Quartet Competition Paolo Borciani Prize in 2004; and the first prize at the Miserendino International Competition in 2004. Katsumura has toured Japan, Europe, and the United States, appearing as a soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Soloists' Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia-Giulia, the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, the Timisoara Banatul Philharmonic, the Craiova Oltenia Philharmonic, and the Zagreb Philharmonic. Performing with the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist Nigel Hutchison, Katsumura recorded Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Violin Sonata for Green Room Productions.