Hikaru Fuminashi


Artist's Background

Hikaru Fuminashi began his studies on the cello when he was eight, at the Sydney Conservatorium’s Open Academy with Rosalind Graham, continuing his studies till moving to the Conservatorium High School studying under Susan Blake. Winning the Conservatorium High School’s Concerto Competition, playing Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto, lead him to perform the piece with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in the same year. Receiving the Corina D Mayer String Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying under Julian Smiles, he lead the cello section for the Conservatorium’s Symphony Orchestra. Hikaru then moved on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in England, where he studied with Hannah Roberts who is one of the most famous cellist and professor as a recipient of the Jellis Bequest Scholarship, and was a finalist of the Barbirolli Prize for Cello. During his studies at the RNCM he also performed with the Ormskirk Music Society playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. In 2021, he was the winner of the UNSW concerto competition and performed with the UNSW orchestra.