Makoto Sakurada, tenor, completed his M.A. degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts, and has also studied in Italy with Gianni Fabbrini, William Matteuzzi and Gloria Banditelli. He appears regularly with the Bach Collegium Japan, on disc as well as in concert. Active as a soloist in oratorio performances, he has also collaborated with musicians such as Jordi Savall, Philippe Herreweghe and Sigiswald Kuijken, and ensembles including Europa Galante, La Venexiana, and Il Giardino Armonico. Awarded second prize at the Bruges International Early Music Competition in 2002, he also appears regularly in opera.