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Rika Seko, Violin

After graduating from Tokyo University of Arts, Rika Seko began her professional career in Bogota, Colombia in 1986, first as guest Concertmaster of the Colombia Symphony, then as Assistant Concertmaster and later as Concertmaster of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestras. During that time, she performed over 20 different concertos from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire, and gave numerous recitals in Latin America.


Since moving to Chicago in 1994, Rika has appeared with many Chicago-area orchestras including Chicago Philharmonic and Lyric Opera of Chicago. As a soloist she has performed with Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra (WI), Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (IL) and Camerata Chicago (IL). She gave the Colombian premier performance of "Serenade" by L. Bernstein in 2006.


Currently she is Concertmaster at Elmhurst Symphony and a member of Grant Park Music Festival Symphony, "Music of the Baroque" orchestra and "Fulcrum Point New Music Project" and Camerata Chicago, and thrilled to be a half season sub at Lyric Opera Orchestra.


During the pandemic lockdown, Rika enjoyed the artistic/social outlets with friends, colleagues and family playing a variety of chamber music. She hopes to continue playing chamber music in the post pandemic time.


She lives in Evanston with two daughters and three cats.