Principal Conductor: Bach Collegium Japan
Artistic Director and Executive Producer: Chofu International Music Festival
Representation: General Management
Photo: Marco Borggreve
A multifaceted musician, Suzuki appears on the concert platform as conductor, organist, harpsichordist and composer. His conducting engagements have seen him work with orchestras such as the Bach Collegium Japan (as Principal conductor), Hiroshima Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras, with repertoire from Haydn and Mozart to Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke. As organist and harpsichordist Suzuki’s relationships with ensembles such as Bach Collegium Japan as well as chamber music have taken him to major concert venues and festivals across Europe and the US. In the capacity of composer, Suzuki is published by Schott Japan and has recently received commissions from Sette Voci, Tokyo Musik Kreis and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall among others.
A multifaceted musician, Masato Suzuki appears on the concert platform in the capacity of conductor, composer and keyboard player.
On the conducting podium Masato Suzuki works with such orchestras as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras as well as the Hiroshima Symphony, Ensemble Kanazawa and Kyushu Symphony Orchestras. Last season Suzuki made his debut with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and this season sees him return for the third consecutive season to both the Sendai Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras as well as appearing with the NHK Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. In his role as Music Director of Ensemble Genesis, he presents ambitious programmes of baroque, classical and contemporary music in imaginative combinations.
Recently appointed Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan, last season he made his subscription series conducting debut with the ensemble directing Bach’s St John Passion and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and leading them at the Thüringen Bachwochen; he begins this season taking them to the Varazdin Baroque Festival. This year BIS releases the first disc of Bach Harpsichord concertos Suzuki has recorded with Bach Collegium Japan leading from the keyboard, alongside numerous other recordings with the ensemble on which he also appears, including the complete set of Sacred Cantatas and J.S. Bach’s Concertos for Two Harpsichords which features his own arrangement of Orchestral Suite No.1.
Suzuki makes his debut at the Edinburgh Festival this season performing three of Bach’s Harpsichord concertos with musicians from the Dunedin Consort; other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu International Music Festival (of which he is Artistic Director and Executive Producer), Schleswig Holstein and Verbier. He continues a collaboration with violist Antoine Tamestit touring an all Bach programme centred on the three viola da gamba sonatas; their recording of these works is released by Harmonia Mundi in August.
Suzuki’s composition portfolio includes works for both instrumental ensembles and choir; his work is published by Schott Japan and he has received recent commissions from Sette Voci, Tokyo Musik Kreis and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall among others. Suzuki’s reconstruction of lost movements of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV190 (Carus) and his completion and revision of Mozart’s Requiem have been highly praised.
Masato Suzuki studied Composition and Early Music at the Tokyo University for Fine Arts and Music before studying Organ and Improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.
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