Yuki Ito was born in Tokyo in 1989 and began playing the
cello at the age of 6.His teachers have included Sumiko Kurata, Alexander
Boyarsky and David Geringas, graduating from the Royal College of Music, London
with First Class Honours.
Since his very first public appearance in 1996, he has won numerous
prestigious international awards and prizes, including 1st prizes as the first
ever Japanese cellist at the UK’s highest profile gateway to string players -
the Windsor Festival International String Competition, the International
Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, the FLAME International Music
Competition in Paris, and the Antonio Janigro International Cello
Competition in Croatia.
At the age of 21 Yuki Ito launched an international career after making his
professional début with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and he has since
appeared regularly with major orchestras and renowned conductors, performing
world-premières of works dedicated to him at important music festivals and
concert venues around the globe.
In The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year 2012 HRH Prince Edward invited him
to give a private recital at HRH’s residence, and that same year he embarked on
his career as a conductor, making his London conducting début at St.
His performances and recordings are frequently broadcast on the BBC
Radio 3, BBC Radio Berkshire, KT-1 TV Austria, and NHK Radio and TV Japan.
musicians nowadays have to look like a bankable, marketable star with Hollywood
style charisma, and today I met a young man who clearly fits the bill already!”
Anne Diamond - BBC