YUKI ITO cello
Wigmore Hall Début Recital
〜All Rachmaninov Programme〜
Sofya Gulyak, piano
Sat 2 June 2018 1:00pm
This special concert will feature an all Rachmaninov programme performed by Rachmaninov Specialist and multi award-winning cellist Yuki Ito with acclaimed pianist Sofya Gulyak. This will be the first time that Wigmore Hall has presented an all-Rachmaninov programme on cello.
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873~1943)
Two Pieces for Cello and Piano (Prelude / Oriental Dance), Op.2
Elegy, Op.3-1* / Melody, Op.3-3 / Serenade, Op.3-5
Romance for Cello and Piano in F minor
In the Silent Night, Op.4-3*
How peaceful it is here, Op.21-7*
Spring Waters, Op.14-11*
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19
* arranged by Yuki Ito
Yuki Ito – cello
Yuki Ito, described as “world-class talent” by major international critiques, won 1st prize at the UK’s most prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition in 2011. The same year he made his début with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has since performed with many renowned orchestras and artists as Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Geringas, Seiji Ozawa, and Julian Lloyd Webber. In 2016 he gave NHK’s worldwide TV broadcast recital to commemorate the 120th birth of legendary author Kenji Miyazawa, whose centennial anniversary soloist was Yo-Yo Ma.
He is especially noted for his performance and interpretation of Rachmaninov’s works, which have frequently broadcast on BBC and NHK, with his début album “Rachmaninov Complete Cello Works” receiving critical acclaim internationally. His second album “The Romantic” for Sony Music label was released in 2017.
He is Artistic Director of Knightsbridge Philharmonic, and a Radio Presenter of “Yuki Ito The Romantic” show on every Sunday on Classical Music Internet Radio OTTAVA.
Sofya Gulyak – piano
Sofya Gulyak (39) studied at the Kazan State Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music. In September 2009 she was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition – the ﬁrst woman in the history of the competition to achieve this distinction.
She is also 1st prize winner of William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA, Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen, Isang Yun International Piano Competition in South Korea, San Marino Piano Competition, winner of Busoni Competition in Italy and prize winner of Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris.
Her recording of Russian Piano Music was released on Champs Hill Records in 2013 and received a 5 stars review in Diapason magazine.
She is presently a professor of the piano at the Royal College of Music.