Born in Kyoto / Japan. Moves to Germany with his family at the age of 4 and lives in Europe for over 30 years.
In childhood, he learns playing the piano and the violin. He changes to guitar at the age of 16.
Influenced by guitarists such as Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Eric Clapton, in the 80s, he chooses to become a professional guitarist. At the same time, his interest in Jazz / Fusion grows.
He joins several Jazz-, Blues-, Soul- and Rock bands and plays in Germany, Spain and France. During the 90s, he becomes a member of the Musical “Hair” and tours Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.
In 1992, he establishes his own Rock-Fusion project “ITANI”. He and his German band members perform numerous live-shows. In the spring of 1997, he releases the album “The Journey”.
Besides live performance, he also works for several recordings of other artists as well as commercials. In addition, he also teaches a number of students, from beginner to actively working professionals. Itani is also founder of the “Electric Guitar” course at the municipal music school Wipperfuerth, Germany
In the summer of 1997, Itani returns to Japan, where he works with the Fusion-Band “IFA” at first. In 1998, he newly starts his project “ITANI”, this time with Japanese musicians in Japan.
In August 2003, he and his band members go to a studio to produce a new album. “Between Shadow and Light” is released by BQ Records in November 2003.
In addition to his stage works, he teaches at AN MUSIC SCHOOL in Tokyo and is responsible for the subjects “Electric Guitar” and “Ensemble” .
In November 2012, Itani's new Album "Station To Station is released.