Described by The Strad magazine as ‘masterfully assured’, after winning the Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia, Music Competition of Japan, and Paris FLAME Music Competition in his teens, Yuki Ito (b. 1989) achieved 1st prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and the Windsor Festival International String Competition in the UK at the age of 21, and subsequently made his début with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Windsor Castle.
He has gained great acclaim regularly performing at prestigious venues and international music festivals in major cities from London, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, Leipzig, Eindhoven and Zagreb to Japanese capitals Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and Daejeon (Korea). He has made several premières of works dedicated to him, and recently premièred Toshi Ichiyanagi’s new work. He received an accolade from HRH The Prince Edward when he was invited to give a recital at HRH’s private home in 2012, and that same year he successfully auditioned for YCA, subsequently being selected as CHANEL Tokyo Pygmalion Days Artist 2014. At the age of 24 he served as a juror for the Paris FLAME Music Competition.
He released his début album ‘Rachmaninov Complete Cello Works’ with Sofya Gulyak (Champs Hill Records) in October 2013, and it has received great acclaim in Europe, the US and Japan. It was chosen as January 2013’s ‘Recommended Disc’ in the UK by The Strad, describing ‘Ito triumphs in Rachmaninov. Sensational recital…’ and in the US the American Record Guide praised it as ‘Ito plays Rachmaninov Cello Pieces with notable maturity and taste’.
As conductor he made his début at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and Opera City in Tokyo, and serves as artistic director of the In Tune Orchestra (ITO).
He is currently studying with Alexander Boyarsky pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London, where he was awarded ‘String Player of the Year’ in 2009.
Yuki can be contacted on www.yukiitocello.com.