Bach Collegium Japan

Biography

Active: 1990 - ; Tokyo, Japan
The Japan Bach Collegium has become perhaps the finest Japanese period-instrument ensemble from the late-twentieth and early-twenty first centuries. Consisting of a chamber orchestra of 20 or so members and a choir of about 25, the ensemble has devoted itself largely to the cantatas and other choral works of J.S. Bach and to those of various Baroque-era composers such as Handel, Schütz, and Buxtehude. The group occasionally pares down its forces Read more for instrumental works, such as the Brandenburg Concertos. The Japan Bach Collegium regularly appears in concert at home, as well as at major international locales. It has made over 40 recordings for BIS Records.

The Japan Bach Collegium was founded in 1990 by its music director Masaaki Suzuki. Over the years the ensemble has performed its regular concerts at two locations: Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and the Kobe Shoin Women's University Chapel.

Beginning in 1995 the JBC began a massive project for the BIS label -- recording all the Church cantatas of J.S. Bach. By January 2007, it had completed 33 CDs containing well over 100 cantatas. Intermixed with these releases have been albums of other Bach works, including secular cantatas and violin concertos, as well as CDs devoted to Handel (Messiah), Buxtehude (Membra Jesu Nostri), and many others.

The JBC initiated its first international tours in 2000 with appearances in Israel, Spain, and Australia. The following year included a highly successful tour of Italy (Rome, Milan, and Florence), and in 2003 it debuted in the United States, giving concerts in six cities, including New York (Carnegie Hall), Boston, and Los Angeles. Music director Masaaki Suzuki has performed at the keyboard in many concerts and recordings, typically on the harpsichord or organ, two instruments on which he had developed virtuosic skills. It should be noted that Suzuki, apart from his work with the JBC, has forged a highly successful career as a recitalist and soloist with other ensembles and as a recording artist.

Concert activity of note by the JBC has included a return tour of the United States in March 2006 and appearances in May that same year in London, Amsterdam, and Madrid. Among the JBC's newer recordings is the 2005 BIS CD of Bach overtures. Admirers continue to be astonished at the pace of the Bach cantata series: five volumes (29-33) appeared in 2006! 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: Cantatas Vol 55 - Nos 30, 69, 191 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2031   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 52 / Suzuki, Kooij, Turk, Blaze, Blažikova, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 12/18/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1981   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Secular Cantatas Vol 3 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 05/28/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2041   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Mass In B Minor / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
Release Date: 10/30/2007   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1701   Number of Discs: 2
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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:  Robin Blaze,  Joanne Lunn,  Wolfram Lattke,  Roderick Williams
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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    Bach: Concertos For Two Harpischords / Masaaki & Masato Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2051 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Masato Suzuki,  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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 18.
    Sacred Songs Of Mary
    Label: Valley Entertainment Classics   Catalog: 15230 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Franz Schubert,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Nicolas Gombert  ... 
    Performer:  Trio Mediaeval,  Elisabeth Andreassen,  Jan Werner Danielsen,  Jocelyn Montgomery  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul van Nevel,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Thomas G. Leslie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Rose Consort of Viols
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  • 19.
    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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    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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    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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    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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