Rika Futakawa (Violin) She began learning to play the violin at the age of 5. She went to Toho Gakuen Music School. She graduated from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. She received several honours and awards including, the 4th Japan Classical Music Competition, the 7th All Japan Soloist Contest, the 3rd Choko International Competition in the section of Ensemble. Her principal teachers are Etsuko Hirose, Yasuko Otani, Kazuki Sawa. She has been active in chamber music and both classical and contemporary music.