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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.
He has appeared with major orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Klagenfurt Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Ozawa Festival Ensemble specially formed under Seiji Ozawa. In chamber music he has collaborated with esteemed artists including Vladimir Ashkenazy and Julian Lloyd Webber, in addition to working with the world-renowned ballerina, Svetlana Zakharova in “The Dying Swan” at the World Ballet Festival in 2021. His recitals around the globe have taken place in more than 10 countries, including at London’s Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall, as well as in Paris and Rome, being a regular guest at renowned music festivals such as Windsor Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival.
He is widely known as specialist of Rachmaninoff’s works, as well as introducing British Cello Music to the Japanese audiences, for which he was awarded the Hideo Saito Memorial Award in 2019, one of the most honourable music awards in Japan.
Having been active also as conductor, he founded the Knightsbridge Orchestra in London in 2013 and, in 2016, he led the initial Japan tour of Camerata Luanda of Republic of Angola to success, historical event which marked the first tour in Japan ever by an African orchestra.
He studied with Sumiko Kurata, Alexander Boyarsky and David Geringas, and graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. He plays a Goffriller Cello made in 1734.