Suisse based pianist • fortepianist


Suguru Ito, born in Japan, gave his first concerts at 11 in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. He studied economics, literature and music - lastly at the Basel Academy of Music, where he completed his piano 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 recitals, chamber music and solo concertos (Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky etc.) 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), Joseph Brodmann (Vienna 1822), Johann Baptist Streicher (Vienna 1842), Friedrich Doerner (Stuttgart 1850), Julius Blüthner (Leipzig 1861 & 1874 & 1930), Grotrian Steinweg (Braunschweig 1874), Carl Bechstein (Berlin 1878 & 1918 & 1927), Érard (Paris 1857 & 1915) and Steinway & Sons (NY 1962 & 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 Oskar-Reinhart Foundation in Winterthur, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 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 Kiunkaku Villa in Atami among others.

Suguru Ito has debuted in such major festivals and concert series as London, Bordeaux, Lucerne, Bodensee, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Zurich, St.Moritz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Nizhny Novgorod, Sapporo, Basler Musik Forum, the Frédéric Chopin Society, the International Joseph Martin Kraus Society, Recital Cycle @ Chamber Symphony Basel, 28è Festival Internacional de Música ≪Pau Casals≫ 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 (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, despite his critical stance towards CD productions, Suguru Ito has appeared through his preferred live concert recordings 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 broadcast live.