Riko Matsuoka was born in Osaka prefecture of Japan. 
Riko became the winner of the 2018 Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach. The final took place at the Armadale Castle in the Isle of Skye.
Riko Matsuoka

She began playing the piano at the age of three. Riko won a prize in the Nissin International piano Competition in 2006.

She started playing the harp at the age of fourteen. Later on, she immersed herself in Scottish traditional music and the sound of the clarsach. She started flying over for courses at the harp festival in Ireland and Edinburgh from Japan and She became the finalist of the Osaka international music competition in 2013.

She moved to Edinburgh to study the Clarsach (Scottish harp) and traditional Scottish music in 2016.
She has since been a recipient of prizes and scholarships including The Clarsach society Annual scholarship and The Col. William McMurdo Currie Memorial Scholarship (Scotland).

In 2017 Riko began her master studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the Scottish Traditional Music Course under the tuition of Corrina Hewat and Heather Downie. 

Thanks very much to teachers and friends.

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