Yuki Ito has been enjoying an international career since winning 1st prize at both the International Brahms Competition in Austria in 2010 and the UK’s most prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition in 2011. In 2019 he received the Hideo Saito Memorial Award, the most honourable award for cellist and conductor in Japan.
As soloist he has appeared with renowned orchestras including the Philharmonia, Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Gunma Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and Japan Century Symphony Orchestras, and great artists such as Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi.
Specialising in the late romantic genre, especially Sergei Rachmaninoff, he gave an All Rachmaninoff Recital at Wigmore Hall in 2018 as the first ever cellist in history, and his début album “Rachmaninov Complete Cello Works” received critical acclaim internationally, chosen as Recommended Disc by The Strad UK describing “Ito triumphs in Rachmaninov...sensational recital”.
He has been Artistic Director of Knightsbridge Philharmonic since 2013, and a radio presenter of his own show “Yuki Ito The Romantic” on Classical Music Internet Radio OTTAVA of Japan (available worldwide) since 2018.
He plays a Goffriller Cello made in 1734, generously loaned by Nippon Violin.
Yuki Ito is represented by Japan Arts Corp.