Hikaru Matsukawa is a violin virtuoso widely acclaimed across continents in various musical arenas, primarily as a soloist and a chamber musician. Hundreds of performances he has given in the last decade all revolve around the style which not only represents aesthetic integrity but also relates closely and deeply the story of our human life.
Born in Osaka (Japan) in 1992, Matsukawa began musical education at the age of 4. His career took off when he marked his debut in 2003 with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. After many years of guidance by Chihiro Kudo, then-leader of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Matsukawa completed his studies with Simon Fischer at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where he acquired Master’s Degree with Distinction.
His first international media appearance was at the WXQR Radio of New York during the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase in 2009.
Ever since, Matsukawa has performed world-wide with renowned artists such as Shlomo Mintz, a violin virtuoso & conductor, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra (Poland), the Danube Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra (UK) etc, during which he was the concertmaster of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in Milan till 2018.
Some of the most significant awards Matsukawa has received are the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Award (London), the 2nd prizes of the Romania International Music Competition (Tokyo) and the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, the Special Prize at the 2nd Concerto Masterclass & Competition in Budapest. Matsukawa was the overall winner of the Concorso Giovanni Internazionale Musicisti “Luigi Zanuccoli” (Italy).