photo @Marco Borggreve
Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990,
Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of
Bach. He has remained their Music Director ever since, taking them regularly to
major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA and building up an outstanding
reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances.
In addition to working with renowned period ensembles, such as Collegium
Vocale Gent and Philharmonia Baroque, he is invited to conduct modern instrument
orchestras in repertoire as diverse as Britten, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn,
Mozart and Stravinsky.
Last season saw his debut appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, while engagements for 2011/2012 include
performances of Mozart Mass in C minor with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
Berlin and the Melbourne Symphony, engagements with the Rotterdam Philharmonic
and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and a return visit to the Netherlands Radio
Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
Suzukifs impressive discography on the BIS label, featuring Bachfs complete
works for harpsichord and his interpretations of Bachfs major choral works
and sacred cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan (of which he has already
completed nearly fifty volumes of a project to record the complete series)
have brought him many critical plaudits ? the Times has written: git would
take an iron bar not to be moved by his crispness, sobriety and spiritual
vigourh. In 2010, Suzuki and his ensemble were awarded both a German Record
Criticsf Award (Preis der Deutschen
Schallplattenkritik) and a Diapason dfOr de lfAnnee for their recording
of Bach motets, which has also been honoured in 2011 with a BBC Music Magazine
Highlights of last season with Bach Collegium Japan featured 20th anniversary
concerts in Tokyo, a visit to the Hong Kong Arts Festival and a tour of
the USA including@an appearance at Carnegie Hall. In 2012 the ensemble
embarks on a major European tour as well as other festival appearances.@
Masaaki Suzuki combines his conducting career with his work as organist
Born in Kobe, he graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music
with a degree@in composition and organ performance and went on
to study harpsichord and organ at the@Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam
under Ton Koopman and Piet Kee.
Founder and head of the early music department at the Tokyo University
of the Arts, he is currently Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting at
the Yale School of Music
and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.
In April 2001, Suzuki was decorated with eDas Verdienstkreuz am Bande
des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublikffrom Germany.@
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