Instrument/Department: Violin, Viola, Chamber Music Connection
Joined Hochstein faculty in: 2018
Aika Ito, a native of Tokyo, Japan, joined the first violin section of the RPO in September 2014. Previously, she was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in several summer festivals, including the Pacific Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival. She also plays the viola and attended a chamber music festival at the Nebraska Institute of Music as a violist.
Ito began studying the violin at the age of 4. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where she studied with Tsugio Tokunaga, former concertmaster of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. She earned an artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Rose, principal second violinist of The Cleveland Orchestra. During her education, she also studied with Mayumi Ohira, Kumi Iguchi, Akihiro Miura, and Asako Urushihara.