Aki Sunahara received her initial musical training in Tokyo, under Prof. Gerhard Bosse and Prof. Kiyoshi Okayama. With a scholarship from Germany’s Academic Exchange Service, she then studied at the Freiburg University of Music. She graduated with distinction under Prof. Rainer Kussmaul in March 2000.
She was a prize-winner the Genoa Paganini Competition, the Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition and several competitions in Japan. She has been Second Concertmaster of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since 2000.