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​A brilliant concert, in which the sense of time and space was suspended-not the least owning to the personality and charm of the performer

review from the debut recital, Musica Nova

Jos van Immerseel & Ayako Ito:

Divine cross-pollination of miraculous piano virtuosos

  review, duo concert Van Immerseel & Ito









Ayako Ito played Beethoven's Third Piano concerto with Anima Eterna Bruges in 2020 and his Choral Fantasia in 2018 (in Coesfeld, Bruges and Frankfurt on a Tröndlin instrument, ca. 1830) In 2022 her Schubert CD is released by Holland's Challenge Classics and recerived many international high evaluations in France Diapason, American Record Guide, England Gramophone, Germany, Italy, Holland, Belgium and Japan.


She has been giving recitals on period instruments since 2000. In 2005, she presented Beethoven's Diabelli Variations in Tokyo, a recital that was warmly celebrated by the press. She regularly records for radio and television, including for Mezzo and Klara in Europe and NHK and FM in Japan.


She is a passionate chamber music player, with her appearances including duo on two historical pianos with Jos van Immerseel. The Immerseel-Ito duo has been reviewed as a "Divine cross fertilisation between miraculous piano virtuosi".


Ayako Ito was born in Tokyo and studied piano at the Toho Gakuen College of Music. In Europe, her studies were with Theodor Paraskivesco in Paris for contemporary piano and with Jos van Immerseel for period instruments (fortepiano) at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp. She attained a Master's degree summa cum laude for fortepiano and Chamber Music in 2002. This was followed by a three-year spell as a guest fortepiano teacher at the same Conservatoire.

The rediscovery of piano works on the instruments that inspired their composers can make the music sound surprisingly fresh. Ayako Ito takes delight in letting a wide audience hear the quality of these masterpieces on the very finest fortepianos.


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