“Her playing was both powerful and reflective, both sweet and steely.”
– UPSTAGE (INDIANAPOLIS)
Risa Hokamura began the violin at the age of three, and at the age of ten she began to capture top prizes in competitions in Japan. She first came to international attention upon winning the Silver Medal at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, where she performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin. In celebration of her medal, she returned to Indianapolis to perform a special “Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists Debut” concert.
Ms. Hokamura won First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists International Auditions at the age of seventeen. She follows in the distinguished footsteps of her two major violin teachers, who also began their careers with Young Concert Artists: Koichiro Harada (founding first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet) and Mayuko Kamio.
A native of Japan, Risa Hokamura studied at the Artist Diploma program of the Tokyo College of Music as the Honorary Scholarship student under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada, Mayuko Kamio and Machie Oguri. She begins her studies this year at the Manhattan School of Music as the Full Scholarship student under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada and Lucie Robert. She is also a recipient of the scholarships from the Ezoe Memorial Foundation and the Rohm Music Foundation.
YCA represents violinist Risa Hokamura for worldwide engagements (except Japan). Please contact us for more information.