“masterfully assured” (The Strad UK), “outstanding talent” (Mainichi Newspaper Japan)
Multi-award winning cellist Yuki Ito (b.1989) first came to international prominence when he won 1st prize at both the coveted International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria and the highly prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition in the UK at age 21, subsequently making his début with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Windsor Castle.
Described by music journalists as “masterfully assured” (The Strad UK), “outstanding talent” (Mainichi Newspaper Japan), and possessing “notable maturity and taste” (American Record Guide), he regularly gives solo recitals at renowned venues in major cities including London (Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, as well as a private home recital for HRH The Prince Edward), Paris (Theatre Marigny), Rome (Teatro Marcello), Salzburg (Palace Mirabelle), a tour in Croatia, throughout Japan, and Daejeon (Korea). In 2012 he successfully auditioned for the esteemed Young Concert Artists (YCA) and became a CHANEL Pygmalion Days Artist the year after. He has made several premières of works dedicated to him, and recently premièred Toshi Ichiyanagi’s new work. His media appearances include BBC Radio 3, Radio Classique de France, Nederland Radio 4, KT-1 TV Austria, and NHK-FM, TV, articles on newspapers and major music magazines in Japan.
His début album “Rachmaninov Complete Cello Works” with Sofya Gulyak (Champs Hill Records) was chosen as “Recommended Disc” by The Strad UK, describing “Ito triumphs in Rachmaninov. Sensational recital...I would be astonished if both of these artists don’t rapidly establish themselves at the pinnacle of the international scene”, and the American Record Guide praised it as “Ito plays Rachmaninov Cello Pieces with notable maturity and taste”. Also the German Ensemble magazine wrote ‘His performance comes from a strong romantic vein, and is extraordinarily poetic accompanied by a wonderful singing tone’, and it was chosen as “Recommended Disc” by Record Geijutsu of Japan.
He founded the In Tune Orchestra (ITO) in 2013, and has directed the orchestra regularly in London, including collaboration with Julian Lloyd Webber as soloist. That same year he made his conducting debut in Japan at Tokyo Opera City. In 2014 he will direct the Kaposoka Symphony in Angola, Africa, and will lead the orchestra as its Artistic Director for its Japan tour in 2016.
He is studying with David Geringas and Alexander Boyarsky. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in London in 2011, where he was crowned “String Player of the Year” in 2009. In 2014 he served as juror for Paris FLAME Music Competition. He appears in the AMAZON’s “The Great Cello Players Top 100” book.