A multifaceted musician, Suzuki appears on the concert platform as conductor, organist, harpsichordist and composer. His conducting engagements to date have seen him work with orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic, Hiroshima Symphony, Kyushu Symphony 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 Bach Collegium Japan and ensembles such as Sette Voci and Vox Luminis 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, organist, harpsichordist and composer.
On the conducting podium Masato Suzuki works with such orchestras as the Hiroshima Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras and held the position of Principal Conductor with the Yokohama Sinfonietta during 2013 – 2015. With repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke, this season Suzuki debuts with Ensemble Kanazawa, the Sendai Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras as well as making return visits to the Hiroshima Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras. In his role as Music Director of Ensemble Genesis, he presents ambitious programmes of baroque and contemporary music in imaginative combinations.
As organist and harpsichordist Suzuki’s relationship with Bach Collegium Japan has taken him to major concert venues and festivals across Europe and the USA, and next season he makes his official subscription series debut as conductor with the ensemble. Other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu Music Festival (of which he is one of the Artistic Directors), Musikfest Bremen and the Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges, performing with ensembles such as Sette Voci and Vox Luminis.
On disc, Suzuki is represented on the BIS label by his numerous recordings with Bach Collegium Japan which include 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. He participated as organist in the recording of Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien with Vox Luminis for the Ricercar label which was awarded the Gramophone Magazine Recording of the Year in 2012.
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.
Now based in the Netherlands, 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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