Classical guitarist, Hamish Strathdee, is regarded as an "excellent young Australian performer" (Limelight Magazine). Hamish's debut recording, Impressions of Spain - released on the Soundset Label (USA), has received critical acclaim, hailed as "an excellent debut” and "a thoroughly engaging album" (Classical Guitar Magazine). Hamish’s playing has been described as being of “the highest standard” (Soundboard Magazine) and with a “gloriously warm and rich” sound (Classical Guitar Magazine).
Hamish has received prizes in: the Whitworth Classical Music Competition, 2x 1st Prizes in the ANU Chamber Music Competition in 2016 as the Contra Guitar Duo, and 2013 as a member of the Wattle Guitar Quartet. Hamish has also received a number of scholarships and grants to help further his artistic studies. Hamish was the recipient of; the Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship in 2015, the Peter and Lena Karmel Honours Scholarship in 2016 awarded to "the most outstanding student in music commencing an Honours year at the ANU School of Music"; in 2017 and 2019, awards from the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation; and was awarded the prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Stipendium for musicians in 2018.
Hamish holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the Australian National University, where he studied with Minh Le Hoang and Timothy Kain and a Graduate Performance Degree (Künstlerisches Aufbaustudium) from the Akademie für Tonkunst in classical guitar under the guidance of Tilman Hoppstock and baroque guitar under Olaf Van Gonnissen as a secondary subject. Hamish has also benefited from studies with Paolo Pegoraro at the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy.
Hamish is currently pursuing a Masters of Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, in Hamburg Germany, under the tutelage of Prof. Olaf Van Gonnissen.