Masaaki Suzuki

Biography

Born: Apr 29, 1954; Japan  
Masaaki Suzuki was better known as a keyboard player in the first decade or so of his career, but since about 1990 has established himself as one of the leading conductors of Baroque choral music.

Suzuki was born in Kobe, Japan, on April 29, 1954. As a child he exhibited musical talent early on and by age 12 was a church organist. He later enrolled at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he studied composition and Read more organ. His teachers there included Akio Yashiro and Tsuguo Hirono. After receiving a master's degree in organ performance in 1979 (his bachelor's was in composition), he decided to take further instruction, enrolling at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam to study organ with Piet Kee and harpsichord with Ton Koopman.

In 1980 he was awarded second prize in harpsichord improvisation at the Flanders Early Music Festival in Bruges, Belgium, and three years later received third prize for organ playing there. During this period he also taught harpsichord at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Duisburg, Germany (1981-1983). From 1983 he began appearing regularly in Japan as an organ and harpsichord soloist, while serving on the faculty at Kobe Shoin Women's College. He also started conducting small ensembles, an activity that grew over the years, leading to his founding of the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990.

This ensemble, made up of singers and period instrumentalists, began appearing in regular concerts in 1992 with Suzuki as music director. This new activity added to Suzuki's already busy schedule of soloist and teacher: in 1991, he had been appointed professor of organ and harpsichord at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, a post he still held in the new century.

Suzuki and his ensemble began recording all of J.S. Bach's cantatas in 1995 for BIS Records, and for the same label he has been recording Bach's complete harpsichord output. In 1999 Suzuki was awarded a Mobil Music Prize in recognition of the general success he has achieved in the performance of Bach's music. Read less

Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol  4 - Academic Cantatas  / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2001   Number of Discs: 1
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    Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol  4 - Academic Cantatas  / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2001 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Robin Blaze,  Wolfram Lattke,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 55 - Nos 30, 69, 191 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2031 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 54 - Nos. 14, 100, 197, 197a / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2021 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Damien Guillon,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 3 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2041 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hiroya Aoki,  Joanne Lunn,  Makoto Sakurada,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 5.
    Bach: Cantatas  Vol  53 / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1991 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 6.
    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 52 / Suzuki, Kooij, Turk, Blaze, Blažikova, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1981 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 51 / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1961 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Damien Guillon,  Hana Blazikova,  Christoph Genz,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Secular Cantatas vol II / Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1971 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Sophie Junker,  Joanne Lunn,  Makoto Sakurada,  Roderick Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 9.
    Bach For Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2011 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 50 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1941 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 11.
    50 Most Essential Bach Masterpieces
    Label: X5   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Henrik Mawe,  Klemens Schnorr,  Pieter Schoeman,  Vesselin Gellev  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Mikhail Gantvarg,  Jansug Kakhidze,  Saulius Sondeckis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Soloists,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Moravian Trio
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    Rise Of The Masters: 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Finghin Collins,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Shigeo Genda,  Bohdan Warchal,  Masaaki Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Arion Trio  ... 
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    The 50 Most Essential Christmas Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Hugh Martin,  Lowell Mason,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Emmy Verhey,  Michael Ponti,  Susanne Doll
    Conductor:  Klaus Arp,  Alun Francis,  Robert Shaw,  Heribert Beissel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Musica Antiqua New York,  Bach Collegium Japan  ... 
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  • 14.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 49 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1891 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rachel Nicholls,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 48 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1881 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Satoshi Mizukoshi,  Peter Kooy,  Hana Blazikova
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 47 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1861 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Hana Blazikova,  Robin Blaze,  Satoshi Mizukoshi
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 17.
    A Choral Year With Bach / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1951 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 18.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 46 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1851 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hana Blazikova,  Gerd Türk,  Robin Blaze,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 19.
    Bach: Motets Bwv 225-230 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1841 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 20.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 45 / Suzuki, Nonoshita, Blaze
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1801 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Robin Blaze,  Yukari Nonoshita
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 21.
    Sacred Music [4 DVD Set]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057918 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Chiyuki Urano,  Gerd Türk,  Stephan Macleod  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki,  Fabio Luisi,  Lorin Maazel,  Georg Christoph Biller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, Orchestral Suites / Suzuki
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1721 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 23.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 44 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1791 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rachel Nicholls,  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 43 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1761 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Hana Blazikova,  Peter Kooy,  Robin Blaze
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Cantatas Vol 42 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1711 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Rachel Nicholls,  Gerd Türk,  Robin Blaze,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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