Masato Suzuki

Masato Suzuki

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, 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.


Full Biography

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, Sendai Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras and held the position of Principal Conductor with the Yokohama Sinfonietta during 2013 – 2015. With repertoire including Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert, this season Suzuki debuts with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as well as making return visits to the Kanagawa Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic 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. This season he makes his official subscription series debut as conductor with the ensemble conducting Bach’s St John Passion and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea whilst he also takes the ensemble to perform at the Thüringen Bachwochen. Other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu Music Festival (of which he is one of the Artistic Directors) and Musikfest Bremen.

On disc, Suzuki appears in numerous recordings on the BIS label with Bach Collegium Japan 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. 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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Suzuki Conducts Yomiuri Season Opener

April 2nd, 2019

Masato Suzuki opens season with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra

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Masato Suzuki & Antoine Tamestit

November 15th, 2018

Performing in the UK & Germany

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Masato Suzuki & Bach Collegium Japan

September 20th, 2018

Newly appointed Principal Conductor

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Masato Suzuki in the Studio

July 24th, 2018

Recording Bach in Tokyo

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Chofu Festival 2018

June 22nd, 2018

with Masato Suzuki, Masaaki Suzuki and Joanne Lunn

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Discography & Repertoire


J.S. Bach: The Complete Sacred Cantatas

Masaaki Suzuki conducts Bach Collegium Japan in the complete recordings of J.S. Bach’s Sacred Cantatas.

BIS (2016)


Artist Manager

Roderick Thomson (London)
020 7636 5451

Imogen Morris (London)
020 7636 5448

Assistant Artist Manager

Nickie Osborne (London)