Ukyo is a 17-year-old violinist from Hiroshima, Japan who started playing at the age of 11. He also plays the piano, which he started at the age of 6. He is currently homeschooling to study for the Japanese national universities’ entrance exams. He has attended the Texas All State Strings Camp, the University of North Texas (UNT) Summer String Institute, and the American Festival of the Arts (AFA) summer music festival, where he recently earned the position of concertmaster for an AFA summer performance. He has been selected for the Region 23 Philharmonic and Symphony orchestras, and has achieved superior ratings at Solo and Ensemble contests every year. He currently studies with Quan Jiang, and his previous teacher was Martin Dimitrov. He enjoys photographing beautiful scenery during vacations and spending time with his family. Ukyo is excited to return for his second year of Virtuosi of Houston, where he looks forward to gaining more musical experience and playing amongst wonderfully talented musicians.