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 concert venues include the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Barbican, Conway Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre and Konzerthaus Berlin.
Tamaki has worked as a freelance cellist with the UK’s major orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Hallé having 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. 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.
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 whilst additional inspiration and influence derive from masterclasses with Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Philippe Graffin, Raphael Bell, Yuko Mori and Troels Svane.
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.
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 for their continued generous support.