London-based Japanese Cellist Tamaki Sugimoto is a recipient of various international prizes and performs extensively across the UK, Europe and Far East. Her recent highlights include Saariaho's Sept Papillons for Solo Cello at Wigmore Hall and other recent venues include the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, Conway Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Tamaki enjoys working as a freelance cellist with the UK’s major orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Hallé and she currently holds a position at the English National Opera as an orchestra fellow. She previously completed 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 is a member of the Kofiko Ensemble as well as Ensemble Matters and has appeared on the stage with artists including Lisanne Soeterbroek, Julian Jacobson, Mark van de Wiel, Michael Foyle and Mayuko Ishigami for chamber music making. Additional inspiration and influence derive from masterclasses with Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Philippe Graffin, Raphael Bell, Yuko Mori and Troels Svane. Passionate about music education, she has also worked with leading organisations including the Wigmore Hall Learning and The Benedetti Foundation connecting with children, people with dementia and disability.
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 supported by The Linbury Trust and additional awards from Help Musicians UK, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Wolfson Foundation. She graduated from the institution in summer 2021 gaining a Masters with Distinction and an Artist Diploma.