Hamish Strathdee

Classical guitarist, Hamish Strathdee, is regarded as an "excellent young Australian performer" (Limelight Magazine).

Classical guitarist, Hamish Strathdee, is regarded as an "excellent young Australian performer" (Limelight Magazine). Hamish's debut recording, Impressions of Spain, has received critical acclaim, hailed as "an excellent debut” (Classical Guitar Magazine) and his 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 performed to audiences across the globe both as a soloist and as part of the Contra Guitar Duo with his partner, Emma-Shay Gallenti-Guilfoyle. Recent highlights include: the Melbourne Guitar Festival and World Expo Dubai, as well as engagements at Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Darmstädter Gitarrentage along with international TV and radio appearances. Hamish has received numerous prizes in domestic and international competitions including prizes in the: London; Stuttgart; and Aalborg International Guitar Competitions.

In addition Hamish has been the recipient of numerous of scholarships and grants including: a postgraduate Stipendium from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD); outstanding achievement scholarships from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg; 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"; and awards from the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation.

Hamish Strathdee is featured on the following titles


This program is a short collection of music which inspired Hamish Strathdee during his time in Canberra, Darmstadt and Hamburg from 2013 to 2022. It forms a small selection of his repertoire across these years. The collection is titled Impulses, as these works have a strong artistic impulse for Hamish. 

Performer: guitar


Contra Guitar Duo’s debut recording showcases its musical personality and the elements they most enjoy about playing as a duo - lyricism, complex rubato and colour.

Performer: guitar