Biography / プロフィール


Biography in English to be found at the bottom of this page.


伊藤悠貴(チェリスト、指揮者)

15歳から15年間イギリスで暮らす。2010年ブラームス国際コンクール第1位、2011年ウィンザー祝祭国際弦楽コンクール第1位、2019年齋藤秀雄メモリアル基金賞など多数受賞。これまでに、フィルハーモニア管弦楽団からスロヴェニア軍楽隊まで国内外の一流オーケストラと共演を重ね、ウィグモア・ホール、ロイヤル・フェスティバル・ホールにリサイタルデビュー、セント・マーティン・イン・ザ・フィールズに指揮デビューするなど、ソリスト、指揮者として欧州楽壇の檜舞台を踏む。その演奏は「和声の動きを知的に補足して完全なものにしている…国際舞台の頂点で通用する人材」(英・ストラド誌)、「朗々と歌う音色によって支えられ、極めて詩的」(独・アンサンブル誌)、「著しく成熟した情趣」(米・アメリカンレコードガイド誌)など、欧米の主要誌にも高く評価されている。幅広いレパートリーの中核にラフマニノフ研究を据え、2012年『ラフマニノフ:チェロ作品全集』でCDデビュー、生誕150年に向けて毎年《オール・ラフマニノフ・リサイタル》を各地で開催した他、2023年には学術単行本『ラフマニノフ考』を上梓。また、世界中で愛奏されるチェロ協奏曲《カサノヴァ》の解釈は、作曲者である巨匠ヨハン・デ・メイより「最も理想的で全ての側面で完璧な演奏」と絶賛され、2024年に委嘱作品《エレジーとスケルツォ》(ラフマニノフへのオマージュ)を含めた協奏曲アルバム『カサノヴァ』(デ・メイ指揮)をリリース。近年は欧州の音楽大学にマスタークラス講師として招かれ、国際コンクールの審査員も務めている。


Yuki Ito (cellist, conductor, author)

Yuki Ito won 1st prize at both the International Brahms Competition in 2010 and the UK’s most prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition in 2011, which led him to commence an international career.

He has since internationally appeared with major orchestras as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, and has regularly given recitals around the globe at venues like London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.

His performances have been internationally hailed by important critiques as “Sensational…His rubato is refined and intelligently complements the underlying harmonic movement. I would be astonished if he doesn’t establish himself at the pinnacle of the international scene” (Strad Magazine, UK), “His performance seems to come from a strong romantic vein and is extraordinarily poetic accompanied by a wonderful singing tone” (Ensemble Magazine, Germany), “Ito plays with notable maturity and taste” (American Record Guide, USA).

He specialises in Rachmaninoff amidst his wide repertoire - having released his world-wide debut album “Rachmaninoff : Complete Cello Works” in 2012, he had internationally given “All Rachmaninoff” recitals every year towards the composer’s 150th birth anniversary in 2023, which was complemented by publishing a monograph “Thoughts on Rachmaninoff”.

In 2024 he released his first concerto album “Casanova” (Johan de Meij : The Complete Works for Cello and Wind Orchestra) world-wide, including a commissioned work dedicated to him “Elegy & Scherzo” (A Tribute to Sergei Rachmaninoff) by the world-renowned composer Johan de Meij, with maestro de Meij himself on the podium. He praised Yuki Ito’s playing of his own “Casanova”, a cello concerto fondly performed by cellists around the globe, as “It is absolute perfection in all aspects…The best version I (the composer) have ever heard in my life”.

As conductor Yuki Ito made his conducting debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields in 2013, and in 2016 he led the initial Japan tour of Camerata Luanda from Republic of Angola to success, a historical event which marked the first tour in Japan ever by an African orchestra.

In recent years he has been internationally invited to give masterclasses at conservatoires, as well as serving as adjudicator for international competitions.

He was awarded the "Hideo Saito Memorial Award" in 2019, one of the most honourable music awards in Japan, for his service to music.