Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko Inoue has performed as soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras, including the Hungarian State Philharmonic Orchestra, F. Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and with such eminent musicians as Gidon Kremer, Sir Charles Groves, György Pauk, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Heinrich Schiff and Thomas Zehetmair.


Yuko Inoue was born in Hamamatsu, Japan and studied with Nobuko Imai at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After graduating with Distinction, Miss Inoue was appointed principal viola of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, a position she held for three years before returning to live in London. She is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician, performing and recording frequently with Britain's most eminent string quartets and chamber ensembles and in festivals such as Lockenhaus, Kuhmo, Cheltenham, Bath and Aldeburgh. She is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a member of Dante String Quartet and Fibonacci Sequence Chamber Ensemble.

Throughout 2011-2012 she directed a viola festival 'The British Viola- Romantic and Contemporary', which highlighted the relatively unknown viola works of early twentieth century British composers, alongside the works of current British talent. It was held at the RAM and was received with great  enthusiasm not only by specialists but also by general public.


Her CD, Romanze- the Romantic Viola, with pianist, Kathron Sturrock, was voted one of Classic CD magazine’s “Choices of the Month”. in Aug. 2000 and was also praised with similar enthusiasm from The Strad, Gramophone and AMAZON.

She has also recorded all three Viola da Gamba Sonatas plus the Chaconne by J. S. Bach for Quartz Records in 2006, and all viola pieces written by Benjamin Dale in 2012.


Miss Inoue has appeared as guest principal with several orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta.


Miss Inoue plays on a viola by J. B. Vuillaume.

Selected discography

  •  Romanze: The Romantic Viola (2000), Black Box BBM1034

  •  Reynaldo Hahn: Chamber Music (2003), Hyperion CDA67391 Soliloque et forlane for Viola and Piano

  •  John Hawkins: Voices from the Sea (2003), Meridian CDE84496 Gestures and Shadows

  •  J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba (2006), Quartz QTZR2050

  • Benjamin Dale - The Romantic Viola, Suite, Phantasy and Introduction and Andante for Six Violas NAXOS 8.573167 (2012)

  •  The Towers of Man – Viola Sonata by Francis Pott EMRCD028 (2014)

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