Prof. Mauro IURATO – President & Head Teacher
Mauro Iurato was born in Turin, Italy.
He began to learn piano at the age of 4 and the practice of the violin at the age of 9 with Professor Elena Guizzardi.
During his studies he won several prizes as best student of violin as well as for his brilliant results in conventional studies.
He was awarded with a scholarship from the Music Association “De Sono” and through this contribution he could study with famous teachers such as Franco Gulli, Corrado Romano and Salvatore Accardo.
In June 1998 he was admitted into the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna, where he perfected his studies with Professor Michael Frischenschlager until May 2003.
Prize winner of several national and international competitions, his concert activity brought him to perform in the whole Europe, as well as in Japan, Canada and USA. Mauro Iurato often performed as a soloist with prestigious orchestras such as the Zagreb Soloists, the National Philharmonic of Moldavia and the Korean Chamber Orchestra.
In 1998 he formed a duo with the Italian pianist Giuseppe Mariotti, lately named “UniDuo”.
With this formation he has been performing outstanding concerts throughout Japan, as well as in Italy and Austria, receiving good reviews from critics and audiences.
Since 1999 he has been the concertmaster of the Ensemble Salieri Wien. With this orchestra in 2000 he recorded two Oratorios under the label “Fonè”.
In 2002, together with the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Arts, the University of Turin and the Turin Music Society “La Nuova Arca”, he founded the WTV (Wien-Turin Virtuosi) International Chamber Orchestra. With this ensemble he was especially active, giving concerts around the world in famous festivals such as the “Cervo International Chamber Music Festival” in Italy, the “Orford Festival” in Canada, the “Neues Künstlerforum Wien”, and always meeting with great success of critique and audience.
From 2006 to 2016 he was Solo Concertmaster of the Ensemble Kobe.
From 2007 to 2010, he was Guest Concertmaster of the “Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra”, performing several live broadcasts for Japanese national radio and TV programs.
He is also playing as a Guest Concertmaster with some other renowned Japanese orchestras such as the “Tokyo Symphony Orchestra”, the “Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa” and the HPAC (Hyogo Performing Art Center) Orchestra.
From 2003 to 2009 he was a Guest Professor of Violin at the Faculty of Music of the Tokushima Bunri University, Japan.
In 2011 he established the “Harmonia Kobe”, an international Violin School Project based in Kobe.
In 2013 he founded the ensemble “I Virtuosi di Kobe” a Harmonia Kobe Violin School spin-off project designed to put together highly qualified professionals and talented young players to create a very vital, cross-generational music making environment.
Currently he is serving as Professor of Violin at the Osaka SOAI University and as Lecturer of Violin at the Music Department of the Hyogo Prefectural Nishinomiya High School (Kobe).
He regularly gives Master-classes in Europe as well as in Japan and he holds the position of Ordinary Professor at the “Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg”.
Mauro Iurato plays his own Gioffredo Cappa “Colla Della Chiesa” dated 1690 (and once belonged to the greatest violinist G. Pugnani) and a G. Lucchi bow especially created for him.
She studied under Shinji Nishizaki, Takako Nishizaki, the late Mayumi Shindo, Hisao Kawakami, Mitsuko Segawa, Luigi Gamberini, Paolo Chiavacci and Mauro Iurato.
She graduated in violin at the Tokyo Showa Music University and completed a Course of Study (major in violin) an the Orchestra Academy of the Toho Music University in Tokyo.
Yuko Kurabayashi studied abroad in Italy, at the Conservatorio “L. Cherubini” di Firenze under Prof. Luigi Gamberini (violin) , and at the Conservatorio “B. Maderna” di Cesena under Prof. Paolo Chiavacci (chamber music).
During her stay in Firenze she took part to orchestra, chamber music and opera concerts at the Summer Music Festival in Firenze and San Gimignano.
She also took part in the Bertinoro Summer School, with the aim of deepen her curriculum of studies in Italy.
After going back to Japan, she taught violin at a music school brach of the Showa Music University in Tokyo.
Since 2010 she is Mauro Iurato’s Assistant Violin Instructor at the Harmonia Kobe were, also inspired by her own experience as mother of a young child, she is taking particular care of the youngest and of the beginners.