Caitlyn Fukai is a violist from the Seattle area in Washington State. She started playing in her public school’s strings program in fourth grade and began studying privately at the age of 11. During high school, she served as principal violist of the top orchestras in the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association, as well as assistant principal in the High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Caitlyn received her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico where she studied with Kimberly Fredenburgh and Carmelo de los Santos. During the course of her undergraduate work she won her studio’s concerto competition as a freshman, placed third in the school’s summer institute’s solo Bach competition, and was a member of Quartetto Lusingando which travelled to various public schools to inspire children’s interests in music. Caitlyn earned her master’s degree from Indiana University studying with Atar Arad and is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma at IU. She has performed in masterclasses with Stanley Konopka, Richard O’Neill, Karen Dreyfus, and Elias Goldstein, among others. In 2016 she was a participant in the Music Academy of the West and their String Quartet Seminar, studying with the Takacs Quartet.