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Photo (C) Isao Oishi

Photo (C) Isao Oishi


Rumi Itoh

Rumi 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.