Photo (C) Isao Oishi
(C) Isao Oishi
Itoh began to learn the piano under Late Teiichi Higashi from her very
early age. She made a debut at a concert at the age of 18. Since then,
she frequently had solo recitals and appeared as a soloist with orchestras
such as Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Late Takashi Asahina.
During 1988-1992, she joined in Janacek String Quartet as a soloist and
made a good success at many cities in Japan as well as in Europe. In 1993
she formed 'Pearl Trio' with Bohumil Smejkal and Johannes Degen, and in
the following year they made a debut at Smetana Music Festival. Subsequently
Pearl Trio continued to play in Japan and in Europe, and was invited to
concerts in chamber music series at Czech Philharmonic and also in Japan
Festival held at many cities in Czech. In 2002 she founded 'La Muse Trio'
with Ewald Danel and Ludovit Kanta and they now continue to have regular
concerts in Japan. Since 1989, she has been inviting to Japan outstanding
artists such as Frantisek Novotny, Michal Kanka and Pavel Hula and enjoying
duo concerts in many cities including Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe. In 2004 and
2007 she had European duo tour with M. Kanka and received standing ovations
at halls in many European cities with including Amsterdam Concertgebouw
and Suk Hall in Czech. In 2006 she was invited by Czech Republic to orchestral
concerts of Komorni Pardubice Filharmonic Orchestra (cond. Leos Svarovsky)
and Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinu (cond. Charles Olivieri-Munroe), and
made a good success.
A series of recordings for duo and trio have been released from King Record,
Victor, Praga Digitals and so on. Among all, the recording with M. Kanka
has gained Four Stars of the highest evaluation in the music magazine
'Le Mond de la Music' in France. Recently the disc of her co-work with
Jiri Belohlavek (cond.), F. Novotny (vn), M. Kanka (vc) and Prague Philharmonia
has received Five Stars nominated by Arts Division of Czech Radio Station.
In Japan, she had such honors as Kobe Culture Promotion Award in 1991,
Hyogo Art & Culture Promotion Award in 1995 and Rodony Award for Kobe
honorable citizens in 2002. She manages and promotes Rit's Music.