ITO Yasuhide, professor of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, was born in 1960 in Japan. He finished graduate school at Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) in 1986. He received first prize at the Shizuoka Music Competition (Piano), third prize of the Japan Music Competition (Composition), and the Academy prize of the Band Masters Academic Society of Japan.
As a composer, he is well-known for more than 70 band works, including the famous “Gloriosa” and “Festal Scenes.” Many of his works for Chamber music, with wind instruments, have been published and performed throughout the world. Recently he has dedicated his talents to vocal music composition and has written over 200 works. His first opera, “Mr. Cinderella,” was premiered in 2001 and received high acclaim and made a great impact among followers of Japanese Opera. Besides his career as a composer, he is also a well-known pianist, and has co-starred with many leading players.
As a conductor, he has performed with many bands, including the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, in their 'Asian Concert Tour 2002', on behalf of maestro Frederic Fennell. He was the conductor of IYWO (International Youth Wind Orchestra ) in WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) in Hamamatsu 1995 and in Singapore 2005. He teaches at Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music where he is also the conductor and band director.