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 numerous prizes in both national and international competitions including: 2nd Prize in the London International Guitar Competition, 3rd Prize in the Stuttgart International Guitar Competition. Hamish has also received a number of scholarships and grants to help further his artistic studies including; a Fankhauser Travelling Fellowship, the Peter and Lena Karmel Honours Scholarship awarded to "the most outstanding student in music commencing an Honours year at the ANU School of Music", awards from the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation; and the prestigious Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Stipendium for musicians.
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 Darmstadt where he studied 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.
Currently based in Hamburg, Hamish teaches at the Junge Musikakademie and the Krol Musikschule.