Eriko Tokura Murray (Soprano)
Japan-born Eriko, a singer for Embassy of Japan to sing national anthems started her singing career at the age of 10, performing with Kurashiki City Children’s Choir. At 15, she won first prize for her solo at the Sanyo Music Competition. In 1995 Eriko moved to Sri Lanka and she started to perform with the Sri Lanka Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Colombo as well as solo performances and international operas. Some of her highlighted performances include the world premier of “Beyond The Horizon for Voice and Orchestra” by the late Dr. Premasiri Khemadasa (at the Sri Lankan presidential mansion – Temple Tree), the world premier of “Paths in The Forest for Eight Solo Strings and Voice” by Stephen Allen, and sang the theme song of the international award winning movie “Akasa Kusum”.
In 2005, Eriko was the subject of a Japanese TV documentary for her charity work to assist the victims of the Tsunami which took many lives just after Christmas, 2004.
Eriko's vocal training currently includes Dr. Louise Urban (Faculty Emeritus, University of Maryland). While in Sri Lanka and Japan, Eriko has studied under numerous instructors, including Ms. Menaka Sahabandu (Sri Lanka), Noriko Kimura (Liszt Music Institute, Weimar, Germany), Barbara Segal (England), and Taikai Takahashi (Professor, Tokyo Music University, Japan). She has taken the seminars in Japan and private lessons in Germany and France.
Since moving to Washington DC in 2010, Eriko has joined the 7 Sopranos® ensemble (www.7sopranos.com, now Sopranessence;www.sopranessence.org), the Fairfax Choral Society, and she is supporting the Washington Tokyo Women's Club chorus. 7Sopranos® was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall on October 5th 2013. She also does the Japanese traditional dance (Onoe ryu). Since 2013 October, she has been singing both Japanese and American national anthems at the embassy of Japan. She works as a music director at Washington Japanese Heritage Center, Bethesda MD since March 2017.
Her voice is crystal-clear and strong. Her stage presence is elegant and noble, it touches our hearts. Her repertoires are diverse, not only classics, arias from operas, but also Japanese folk songs, contemporary pieces and improvisations. Along with piano and strings, Eriko collaborates with Japanese instrument such Koto and modern dances.