Japan Age 22

Japanese violinist Risa Hokamura, first came to international attention upon winning the Silver Medal at the 2018 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and First Prize in the 2018 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions at the age of seventeen.

Risa has performed with notable orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.

Her recital highlights have included her debut at Merkin Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kioi Hall, and The Symphony Hall.

Risa began playing the violin at the age of 3 and started studying with Kenji Kobayashi at the age of 7. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the Manhattan School of Music as a Full Scholarship student under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada, Lucie Robert, and additional studies with Cho-Liang Lin. She also obtained an Artist Diploma Degree at the Tokyo College of Music in 2023, where she studied with Koichiro Harada, Machie Oguri, and Mayuko Kamio.

She is a recipient of a scholarship from the Ezoe Memorial Foundation.

Risa plays the 1722 "Jupiter" Stradivarius violin on a generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.



Preliminary Round

J. S. Bach - Preludio, Loure, Gavotte en Rondeau, from the Partita No. 3 in E major, B.W.V. 1006

N. Paganini Caprice in B minor No.2

N. Paganini Caprice in G minor No.10

F. Kreisler - La Gitana


Semifinal Round

L. van Beethoven - Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30

M. Ravel - Sonata in G major

C. Saint-Saëns - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

Sicong Ma’s Rondo No.4


Finals Round – I

W. A. Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.V. 218


Finals Round – II

P. I. Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

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