Bach Collegium Japan

Bach Collegium Japan


Representation: General Management (excl. North America)

Bach Collegium Japan was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki, its inspirational Music Director, with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to period instrument performances of great works from the baroque period. Comprised of both baroque orchestra and chorus, their activities include an annual concert series of Bach’s cantatas and a number of instrumental programmes. The award-winning ensemble has recently begun to explore classical repertoire, releasing a recording of Mozart’s Requiem in November 2014.

They have acquired a formidable international reputation through their acclaimed recordings of the major choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach for the BIS label; 2014 saw the triumphant conclusion of their recorded cycle of the complete Church Cantatas, a huge undertaking comprising over fifty CDs initiated in 1995. This major achievement has been recognised with a 2014 ECHO Klassick ‘Editorial Achievement of the Year’ award. Their recent recording of Bach Motets was honoured with a German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2010 and also in 2011 with a BBC Music Magazine Award.

Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki have shared their interpretations across the international music scene with performances in venues as far afield as Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York and Seoul, and at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, New Zealand International Arts Festival, Ghent’s Festival of Flanders and Festival Cervantino in Mexico.

In 2010 the ensemble celebrated their 20th anniversary with a series of special concerts in Tokyo, and in 2013 they were invited to appear at New York’s Lincoln Center where Masaaki Suzuki and the choir collaborated with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to open its Bach Variations Festival. Last season saw the ensemble debut in the Czech Republic at the Prague Spring Festival and in Mexico.

This season’s highlights include a tour to North America performing in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, as well as a major European tour including a weekend residency at the Barbican Centre in London, reinvitations to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, and debut appearances at Dublin’s National Concert Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

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Email: Alix Pochribniak



BBC Recording of the Month

January 10th, 2017

Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan record Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with stunning success

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European Tour

April 1st, 2016

Bach Collegium Japan embark on 12 date concert tour

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Masaaki Suzuki awarded Recording of the Month

October 26th, 2015

His recording of Bach’s Organ Works is recognised in Gramophone magazine as he embarks on North American tour

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Masaaki Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan release Bach Cantatas

September 4th, 2015

The award winning cycle will be released as a box set on the BIS label in October 2015

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Bach Collegium Japan opens the London Festival of Baroque Music

May 14th, 2015

Masaaki Suzuki brings the group to St John’s Smith Square

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Artist Manager

Roderick Thomson (London)
020 7636 5451

Assistant Artist Manager

Alix Pochribniak (Cambridge)
01223 706190