Keiko Urushihara won the first prize as well as six other prizes at the 8th Wieniawski International Competition at her age 18 as the youngest ever and the first Japanese winner while she was still a student of the high school attached to the Tokyo University of Arts. She started her career as a violinist next year at the same as she entered the Tokyo University of Arts. In 1986, as a member of the Halley String Quartet she won the first prize in the chamber music division and Hideo Saito Prize at the Min’on Music Competition.
Keiko Urushihara has toured in Japan and abroad, appeared on TV, performed in major international music festivals and many master classes. Among the conductors and orchestras she has performed with are Vladimir Spivakov, Ervin Lukacs, Jiri Belohlavek, Ferdinand Leitner, Heinrich Schiff, Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. She appeared in many recitals and chamber music concerts in various locations.
Having achieved recording of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, she performed the same complete sonatas in one day in 2012. The concert attracted attention from various quarters and was transmitted live on internet. And the 30th anniversary recording of her debut (J.S. Bach for Japan Acoustic Records) won “Most Recommended CD”. Also, recorded with her sister Asako Urushihara attracted great attention winning “The National Arts Festival Excellence Award” of the Arts Festival sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2014.
Active in the front lines, her constantly high-level performance has gained her the trust not only of music lovers but of conductors and musicians of orchestras. Currently as a visiting professor with Kunitachi College of Music and special-appointment professor with Toho Gakuen College, she also devotes her energy to teaching young musicians.