Yo Kitamura, a 16 year-old cellist, became the focus of international attention after winning the first prize in the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Kazakhstan in 2017.
Yo was born in 2004, in Hyogo, Japan. He has learned cello since he was four years old. At the age of seven, as the youngest members, Yo joined the Super Kids Orchestra in Hyogo with Maestro Yutaka Sado, and he had performed with the orchestra in 10 places where the great earthquake disaster area in Tohoku, Japan.
Yo made his debut with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 9, and he made his first recital at the age of 10. Yo’s recent performances with orchestra include engagements with Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Chubu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra with Kenichiro Kobayashi and Gumma Symphony Orchestra with Naoto Ohtomo. He also joined the Second International Tchaikovsky Youth Festival in St. Petersburg in May, 2018.
Yo Kitamura plays a 1668 “Cassini” cello, on loan from Ueno Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.