Violinist Ria Honda is a 2018 alumna of the Heifetz Institute. Ria studies with Li Lin at the Juilliard School. She was most recently the Rachel Barton Pine Merit Scholarship Fellow at the Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago where she studied with Almita Vamos. Ria has won first prize at the MTNA Junior Strings Competition, Seattle Music Teachers Association Simon Fiset Competition, DePaul Concerto Festival, Sejong Music Competition, Seattle Symphony Young Artists Auditions and Cascade Symphony Young Artists Competition.
Additionally, she has been a top prize winner in numerous competitions including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition, Sammamish Symphony Concerto Competition, and DuPage Symphony Young Artists Competition. She was one of 20 competitors selected from worldwide to participate in the Menuhin International Competition and has been a finalist in the International Cooper Violin Competition, as well as semi-finalist in the Johansen International Competition. She was the recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship from 2008-2014. She has been featured on WFMT’s Introductions and NPR’s “From the Top.” In 2017 and 2018, Ria was named a YoungArts Winner. Ria has been featured on the Young Steinway Concert Series and has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Seattle Festival Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, the Oistrakh Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony. Ria has participated in master classes and lessons with artists such as Ray Chen, Tong-Wei Dong, Grigory Kalinovsky, Leonid Kerbel, Ani Kavafian, David Nadien,
Stephan Picard, Joseph Silverstein, Pavel Vernikov, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Ying Quartet. She has participated in programs at the Meadowmount School of Music, The Heifetz Institute, and The Institute for Strings as a full-scholarship recipient, Miyazaki International Music Festival, Musica Mundi music festival, Ishikawa Music Academy, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, and
MusicAlp Académie Internationale de Musique à Tignes.
A passionate chamber musician, Ria has been a 1st prize winner in numerous chamber music competitions including the M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, St. Paul String Quartet Competition, Enkor International Competition, and Naperville Women’s Club Young Adult Music Competition. She has additionally received the silver medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Grand prize at Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition.