New Zealander cellist Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido will assume the role in May

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Cellist Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido

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The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed New Zealander cellist Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido as its new sub-principal cellist. He officially begins the role in May. As part of the audition and trial process, Bouterey-Ishido performed with the RSNO during its tour of Europe with violin soloist Ray Chen earlier this year.

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Bouterey-Ishido began learning the cello at the age of six with Galyna Zelinska. At the age of 14, he was invited to study at the Purcell School of Music in London, and continued his learning at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. Among his teachers were Natalia Pavlutskaya, Niall Brown, Pal Banda and Pablo de Naveran. Bouterey-Ishido completed his Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Hannah Roberts, receiving the prestigious Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for his final performance.

He has performed solo recitals in New Zealand, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Japan, and has been invited to international festivals including the International Piano and Chamber Music Week in Switzerland and the Schnittke Festival in London. He also toured Europe for three years as part of the Camerata Menuhin with violinist Maxim Vengerov, and is presently a member of the chamber group Trio Kagura.

‘I am delighted and honoured to be joining the RSNO’s wonderful cello section,’ said Bouterey-Ishido. ‘They have been incredibly warm and welcoming, and I am very much looking forward to many exciting concerts and projects to come!’

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