Founder and Director of Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki is to receive yet another prestigious accolade in recognition of his championing of the music of JS Bach. On the 8th June 2012, Suzuki will be presented with the Leipzig Bach Prize in a public ceremony at the Altes Rathaus, Leipzig. Previous winners of the award have included Herbert Blomstedt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ton Koopman and the late Gustav Leonhardt.

In May/June Suzuki leads Bach Collegium Japan on an 11-concert tour of Europe taking in Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid and Paris amongst other cities and, following the ceremony on the 8th June, Suzuki will conduct the final concert of the tour in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Leipzig Thomaskirche.