Biography

The truly cosmopolitan Samika Honda was born in Kochi, Japan, grew up in England, and since 2000 has lived in Paris. She studied with Gérard Poulet and Olivier Charlier at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM) where she gained diplomas in Violin, String Quartet, Chamber Music, as well as the Master 2 degree in Violin. Prize winner at national and international competitions in violin and chamber music, she founded the Ise Quartet and the Ensemble Monsolo (ex-Quintet Monsolo).

Samika Honda has performed in many festivals such as the Casals Festival in Prades, the Easter festival of Deauville, les Amis de Mozart, and the Musicales of Baous (France). She has played as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Yamagata, the Lower Silsesia Philharmonic Orchestra, and in prestigious halls including the Grand Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.           (go to next page)

Her 2010 recording of Ysaye's Six Sonatas for solo violin under the Polymnie label was nominated as the disc of the month in the January 2011 « The Strad Magazine ». She recorded her second CD "Pour Ysaye" with Emmanuel Christien on the works dedicated to Ysaye, coming out in summer 2012. 

 

Since 2008, Samika Honda has played on a magnificent violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (1721).

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