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 was honoured with the Hideo Saito Memorial Award, one the highest awards for cellist or conductor in Japan.
As soloist he has appeared with, orchestras like the Philharmonia Orchestra, Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras, and conductors and artists like Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi.
His recitals have taken place at such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, as well as a private recital personally invited by HRH The Prince Edward, Marigny Theatre in Paris, Marcello Theatre in Rome, Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. In 2016 he gave NHK Japan’s worldwide TV broadcast recital to commemorate the 120th birth of legendary author Kenji Miyazawa, whose centennial anniversary soloist was Yo-Yo Ma.
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 “Rachmaninoff Complete Cello Works” received critical acclaim internationally, chosen as Recommended Disc by The Strad UK describing “Ito triumphs in Rachmaninoff...sensational recital”. He also pours his energy in introducing English Cello Music in Japan, starting with raising attention for the big 5 Cello Sonatas by Delius, Bridge, Ireland, Bowen and Britten.
As conductor, he has served as Artistic Director of UK’s Knightsbridge Philharmonic and Angola’s Kaposoka Symphony Orchestras, and will begin his role as Music Director of Japan’s new professional orchestra, Kanagawa Central Orchestra from 2020.
He studied with Alexander Boyarsky and David Geringas, and graduated from the Royal College of Music in London.
He plays a Goffriller Cello made in 1734, generously loaned by Nippon Violin.
Yuki Ito is represented by Japan Arts Corp.
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