Tamaki Sugimoto

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal College of Music

Website: tamakisugimoto.com

Cellist Tamaki Sugimoto is a recipient of various international prizes and performs extensively across the UK, Europe and Japan. Her recent concert venues include Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, Conway Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Japan), Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Japan) and Konzerthaus Berlin (Germany).

As a passionate chamber musician, she has appeared on the stage with artists including Yura Lee, Lisanne Soeterbroek, Michael Foyle, David Quiggle, Mayuko Ishigami and Julian Jacobson. Participations on solo/chamber programmes such as the Festival Resonances Academy (Belgium), Lac Leman Masterclasses (Switzerland) and La Loingtaine Academy (France) lead to additional inspiration and influence from artists such as Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Graffin, Philippe Muller, Yuko Mori and Troels Svane.

As an orchestral player, Tamaki has worked as a freelance cellist with the UK’s major orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallé. She was a recipient of the London Symphony Orchestra’s String Experience Scheme, London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Programme, London Sinfonietta Academy and Glyndebourne Festival’s Pit Perfect Scheme. She has also appeared with the Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble (Japan) and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester (Germany).

Tamaki attended the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Annie-Kiff Wood Award Scholar) before she went on to study with Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music London where she held a full scholarship generously supported by The Linbury Trust and additional awards from Help Musicians, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Wolfson Foundation. Alongside her freelance performing career, she currently continues to study as The Linbury Scholar on the Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music London.

Tamaki is truly grateful to The Linbury Trust and Help Musicians for their continued generous support.