Hikaru Matsukawa is one of the most promising international violinists in our generation recognized with the preeminent virtuosity and the uniquely refined musicianship.
Born in Osaka (Japan) in 1992, he began playing the violin at the age of 4 and soon began his lessons under the guidance of Chihiro Kudo, the former leader of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. Hikaru Matsukawa’s professional debut was marked when he performed with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in 2003.
In 2009, he appeared in the WXQR Radio in New York (USA)as part of the McGraw Hill’s Young Artist Showcase.
He moved to London (UK)in 2010 to continue his musical studies under Simon Fischer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama until he acquired the Bachelor and Master’s degree with distinction in 2016. His personal mentors include Maestro Shlomo Mintz from the Keshet Eilon Violin Masterclass in Israel and Yuko Mori from the Japan-France Musical Seminar in Kyoto.
Hikaru Matsukawa was awarded with many prizes throughout his career, notably the 1st prize of the Junior All-Japan Violin Competition (2003), the 2ndprize of the Romania International Music Competitionin Tokyo (2010), the 2ndprize of the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition (2011), the 1st prize of the “Concorso Giovanni Internazionale Musicisti Luigi Zanuccoli”in Italy (2012), the Ivan Sutton Chamber MusicAward (2013) and the Special Prize at the 2nd Concerto Masterclass and Competition in Budapest(2017).
He has also repeated performance with the symphony orchestras across the world: the Silesian Chamber Orchestra(Poland) under the direction of Maestro Shlomo Mintz, the Danube Symphony Orchestra, the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra (UK) and many of the principal orchestras in Japan such as Japan Century Symphony Orchestra and Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra in particular.