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 BIO

a little about Honoka

Since her Carnegie Hall solo debut at age 17, Honoka Christina Shoji has been distinguishing her career as a young harpist both locally and internationally. Having performed at numerous venues including the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, she is acclaimed for her musical and virtuosic performances. Honoka started her musical studies at the Vancouver Academy of Music where she studied under harp instructor Miya Otake for 9 years. With the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, she held the position of principal harpist until her graduation in 2019. 
 
She is the recipient of numerous awards from international competitions, including placing first in the 2019 Young Artist’s Harp Seminar (YAHS) Concerto Competition, and the YAHS Principal Harp Competition. Her significant international success can be seen in her achievement of First Place in the 2018 International Great Composers Music Competition. She was also the bronze medallist of the strings category in the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition, as well as being a finalist in the IV International Mexico Harp Competition. She was selected to perform for the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival Winners Showcase Gala Concerts by every adjudicator she has had in the competition from 2013 to 2019. In 2017 Honoka won the most prestigious “Excellence Awards Scholarship” sponsored by Tom Lee Music, where she was chosen among 8 other finalists including pianists, violinists, cellists, guitarists, flutists, and singers from the greater Vancouver region. She is also the recipient of the Emerging Young Artist Scholarship sponsored by Aoyama Harp of Canada Ltd.

In addition to her music education, Honoka provides music at weddings, showers, corporate parties, and other special events. She has actively taken part in charity events hosted by the Vancouver General Hospital, Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Wish Foundation, as well as the Tsunami Relief Concert for Japan. Her volunteer work in senior homes has helped her to develop a strong musical bond in her local communities.

Honoka currently lives in Montréal, Quebec, pursuing an undergraduate degree in harp performance. She is at McGill University with a music scholarship, studying under Jennifer Swartz, the principal harpist of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. 

AWARDS in Music Competition >
2019 Elite International Music Competition
First Place – Advanced Division, Strings

2018 Great Composers International Music Competition
First PlaceDivision IV Strings Rising Talents of Americas

2018 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festivals
-Gala Competition Invitee from adjudicator Elizabeth Volpé-Blighe
-Vancouver Community College Entrance Scholarship – $500

-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours – Class 541G Renaissance-Baroque
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours – Class 547F Romantic Impressionistic
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours – Class 546A Orchestral Excerpts
-Harp Medallion for Best overall Performance of the Romantic Category
-Harp Medallion for Best overall Performance of the Baroque Category
-Harp Medallion for Best overall Performance of the Orchestral Excerpts Category

2017 November Vancouver International Music Competition:
Awarded Bronze Medal by adjudicator Lynn Turner – Advanced Strings Division

2017 November VI International Harp Competition in Mexico:
Finalist

2017 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival:
-1st Place – Excellence Award winner of Tom Lee Music: Best Performance at the Winners Gala Showcase
-Gala Concert Performance Invitee by harp adjudicator, Valerie Muzzolini 
-Emerging Artist Scholarship from Aoyama Harp of Canada for the Best Performance under 25 years of age
-Harp Medallion for Best overall Performance of the Romantic Category
-Harp Medallion for Best overall Performance of the Contemporary Category

2016 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival:
-Gala Showcase Concert Competition Finalists for the Josef Blanco Double Double Concerto
-Gala Showcase Concert Performance Invitee from harp adjudicator, Patricia Wooster
-Harp Medallion for Best overall Performance of the Romantic Category
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours for the Double Concerto
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours for the RCM 10 Romantic Category

2015 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival:               
-Junior Matinee Gala Showcase Concert Invitee by harp adjudicator, Annabelle Stanley
-VKMF Harp Medallion- Best Overall Performance for the Concert Group Category
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours for Best Harp Duet Category Winner
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours for Best Duet with other instrument Category Winner
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Distinguished Honours for Best Ensemble Category Winner

2014 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival:
-Gala Showcase Concert Invitee by harp adjudicator, Jill Whitman
-VKMFS Harp Medallion – Best Overall Performance for the Concert Group Category
-1st Place Gold Certificate with Honours for the best Harp Ensemble Category

2013 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival: (new)
selected to perform at the Gala by harp adjudicator, Alison Hunter

2012 Fraser Valley Kiwanis International Music Festival:
Tapestry Music Award Scholarship for most promising Guitar or Harp Student Gold Certificate with Honours

Notable Performance History >
Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 2019 – Winners Concert 2019
2017 October – Harp Solo Recital at The Steveston Buddhist Temple

Suzuki Performances:
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 May – VAM Suzuki Festival Solo Performance at the Vancouver Orpheum Theatre

Symphony Orchestra Performances:
2013 September – 2019 May: Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra @ Vancouver Orpheum Theatre

2015 September: Guest Harpist with the Sunshine Coast Orchestra: Europe Calling Concert

2014 December: West Coast Harp Ensemble Performance with the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra

Harp Ensemble:
2013 September – 2016 May: West Coast Harp Ensemble @ VAM directed by Miya Otake

September 28, 2013
Strawberry &Tea Concert
@Vancouver Academy of Music / Vancouver

August 10, 2013
“Sonrisa Stepping Stones 3” Charity Concert

April~May, 2013
14th Annual Kiwanis Fraser Valley International Music Festival /Langley

March 10 2013
The 3rd Benefit concert for the victims of Japanese Tohoku Earthquake
@West Point Grey United Church / Vancouver
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December 22, 2012
Christmas Harp recital
@Vancouver Academy of Music / Vancouver

December, 2012
Tonari Gumi Christmas Benefit Concert
@St. Matthias & St. Luke Anglican Church / Vancouver

March 3, 2012
Benefit concert for the victims of Japanese Tohoku Earthquake
@Holy Cross, Japanese-Canadian Anglican Church / Vancouver

February 9, 2012
Exhibit “Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age” .- Opening Reception
@Richmond Cultural Centre / Richimond

   


 

Special Recital at nursing home 2014

Benefit concert for the victims of Japanese Tohoku Earthquake

Benefit concert for the victims of Japanese Tohoku Earthquake