In Sunday’s (5/9) Kansas City Star, Ann Spivak reports, “Kanako Ito, violinist and concertmistress for the Kansas City Symphony, has resigned after 10 seasons to join her husband in Scotland. Her final classical series concert performances with the Symphony will be this weekend, although her official resignation is not until Aug. 31. Then she and her two young children will move to Glasgow, Scotland, where her husband, Martin Storey, has been named principal cello with the BBC Scottish Orchestra. … Symphony executive director Frank Byrne said working with a musician of Ito’s caliber has been a joy. Her excellence has helped improve the quality of the Symphony over the years, he said, and they will miss her in the orchestra as well as her frequent role as a soloist. The process to find a new concertmaster will begin immediately, he said. The goal is to have a new concertmaster by the time the Symphony begins rehearsals in the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts next spring.”

Posted May 10, 2010