Switzerland based pianist • fortepianist


Suguru Ito, born in Nagano (Japan), gave his first concerts at 11 in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. He studied economics, literature and music - at the Basel Music Academy, where he completed his soloist diploma. The encounter with Masaru Kawasaki, Mstislav Rostropovich, Frans Brüggen, Sándor Zöldy (Quatuor Végh) and Andreas Staier marked him especially.

From the late 1980s based in Switzerland, Suguru Ito has played numerous solo concertos (Mozart, Schumann, Tchaikovsky etc.) and recitals as well on modern piano as on historic period pianofortes including Michael Rosenberger (Vienna 1800), William Stodart (London 1799), Nannette Streicher née Stein (Vienna 1816), Johann Baptist Streicher (Vienna 1842), Friedrich Doerner (Stuttgart 1850), Julius Blüthner (Leipzig 1861 & 1874 & 1930), Grotian Steinweg (Braunschweig 1874), Carl Bechstein (Berlin 1878 & 1918 & 1927), Érard (Paris 1857 & 1915) and Steinway & Sons (NY 1963).

He has performed together with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Cecilia Bartoli, François Benda, Karel Boeschoten, Margo Cadias, Graziella Contratto, Patrick Demenga, Ina Dimitrova, Thomas Douglas, Yoko Fujita, Latica Honda Rosenberg, Petru Iuga, Michio Kai, Brigitte Lang, Ivan Monighetti, Emmanuel Pahud, Alfredo Persichilli, Bogumiła Reszke, Jean-Francois Réveillard, Emil Rovner, Eldar Saparayev, Kamilla Schatz, Christoph Schiller, Michail Schischkin, Midori Seiler, Egidius Streiff, Abel Tomàs, Anna Tchinaeva, Anna Tyka Nyffenegger, Kurt Widmer, Helmut Winschermann, Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer, Cuarteto Casals, Euler Quartett, Quatuor Ad Fontes, Deutsche Bachsolisten, Ensemble Turicum, members of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra etc. all over the world including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Sydney Opera House, the Salle UNESCO Paris, the Beethoven-House in Bonn, the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Kultur Casino in Berne, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the C. G. Jung Institute Zurich, the Paul Klee Center in Berne, St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, the Auditorium in Barcelona, the Yu-Port Hall in Tokyo, the Oji-Hall in Ginza, the Harmony Hall in Matsumoto and the Fukushima Culture Centre among others.

Suguru Ito has debuted in such major festivals and concert series as London, Bordeaux, Lucerne, Bodensee, Zurich, St.Moritz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sapporo, Fukushima, the Frédéric Chopin Society, Recital Cycle @ Chamber Symphony Basel, Pau Casals (28è Festival Internacional de Música) in El Vendrell and Gidon Kremer's Festival les muséiques.

He has collaborated with contemporary composers such as Witold Lutosławski - Five Songs for soprano and piano - in the presence of the composer, Frangis Ali-Zadeh - "Impromptus" for Piano Trio (Swiss premiere), Roland Moser - Musik zu Pontormo nach for eight recorders (premiere), Bettina Skrzypczak - Song Cycle "Landschaft des Augenblicks" for mezzo-soprano, viola and piano, Jürg Wyttenbach's Sonatine pour piano (Russian premiere) and Masayoshi Ishikawa - Wasururuka for piano (Japanese premiere).

Additionally, since 1985 Suguru Ito has appeared on various radio & television broadcasts including Netherlands Radio 4 (Dvorák's Piano Quintet with the Spanish Cuarteto Casals), Radio România Muzical (chamber music), Catalunya Ràdio (Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio Op. 50 with Abel Tomàs and Arnau Tomàs), DBC Radio TV (Chopin's Piano Sonata Op. 35 @ concert for Japan Tsunami Earthquake Relief), Swiss DRS2 (piano recitals, interviews, chamber music) as well as French, Polish, Russian and Japanese radio stations.

Suguru Ito's other passion is playing the melodica (keyboard harmonica) since the late 1970s. In 2003 he was invited to the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Pictures from an Exhibition" in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) to perform the world premiere of his own melodica version of György Ligeti's "Musica ricercata" that was live broadcast.