Yumi Ito


Yumi Ito is a New York-based clarinet player; she performs as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestral player throughout the world, mainly in the U.S. and in Japan. After receiving BA from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo studying with Masaharu Yamamoto, she has completed MA program at Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. Achievements in the international competitions include the 42nd International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade (2nd prize, with an additional special prize for the best performance of the compulsory piece), the 11th KOBE International Student Music Competition (1st prize), the 2nd International Clarinet Competition in Ghent (finalist), the 11th Tokyo Music Competition (finalist), and the 84th Music Competition of Japan (finalist), to count a few.

Yumi has appeared in major concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center (Alice Tully Hall) in New York; Opera City and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Camerata Serbica, the Brussels Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Manchester Symphony Orchestra. Starting from 2017, Yumi hosts an annual music festival in Suwa area, Japan as an artistic director.

In addition to her career as a solo player, Yumi is enthusiastic in her activities as a chamber player. She has toured to Hungary and Italy with her ensemble in 2008. She is a member of "NY Licorice Ensemble"; they have released three CDs to introduce contemporary works by composers from all over the world to Japan.