On Sunday 10th November Masaaki Suzuki will be awarded the Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize for his ‘outstanding contribution to Bach performance over the last 20 years’; previous winners include Sir John Eliot Gardiner, András Schiff and Peter Schreier. At the same time as accepting the prize, the conductor will appear alongside the Royal Academy students in performances of Bach Cantatas BWV5 Woll so ich fliehen hin? and BWV 41 Jesu, nun sei gepreiset.
Suzuki then heads to Scotland for concerts with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, appearing in St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow on 13, 14 & 15 November respectively with the baritone Peter Harvey; the programme comprises Mendelssohn Sinfonia No.8, Bach Cantata 82: Ich habe Genug and Mendelssohn Symphony No.5 ‘Reformation’.
Next he travels to the Bergen Philharmonic for performances on 21 & 22 November of Mozart’s Requiem with soloists Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Thomas Walker and Christian Immler. The programme also includes Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and the Hartmann Concerto funebre with violinist David Stewart.
He then returns to Tokyo for performances of the Mozart Requiem with Bach Collegium Japan and this work will, at the same time, be recorded by the Swedish record label BIS.