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Masaaki Suzuki

Since founding the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has estab lished himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained music director of the BCJ ever since, taking it regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA. In addition to working with renowned period ensembles, he conducts orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Phil harmonic in repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn to Stravinsky. Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label, featuring Bach’s choral works as well as harpsichord and organ recitals, has brought him many critical plaudits. With the BCJ he is now extending the ensemble’s repertoire with recordings of Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony.
Born in Kobe, Masaaki Suzuki graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music and went on to study at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under Ton Koopman and Piet Kee. Founder and professor emeritus of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he was on the faculty at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2009 until 2013, and remains affiliated as the principal guest conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.
In 2012 Masaaki Suzuki was awarded the Leipzig Bach Medal, in 2013 the Bach Prize of the Royal Academy (UK) and in 2021 the Royal College of Organists Medal (UK). In 2001 he received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Nicolaus Bruhns - Cantatas and Organ Works, Vol.1
Bach - The Toccatas
Masaaki Suzuki plays Bach Organ Works, Vol. 3
Johann Sebastian Bach - English Suites
Bach - Musikalisches Opfer
Masaaki Suzuki plays Bach Organ Works, Vol. 2
Bach - Organ Works
Bach - Concertos for Two Harpsichords
Masaaki Suzuki plays Buxtehude
Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II
BIS-1513 CD
Set of 2 CDs
Sweelinck - Psalms from Geneva
BIS-1614 CD
J.S. Bach - Clavier-Übung II
BIS-1469 CD
Early Italian Chamber Music for recorder and harpsichord/organ
BIS-1335 CD
J.S. Bach - French Suites
BIS-1113 CD
Set of 2 CDs - American Record Guide: Critic's Choice
J.S. Bach - Partitas for harpsichord
BIS-1313 CD
Set of 2 CDs - Music Web International: outstanding
J.S. Bach - Fantasias & Fugues
BIS-1037 CD
J.S. Bach - Concertos, Vol.1 (BWV 1041, 1042, 1043, 1060)
BIS-961 CD
J.S. Bach - Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801
BIS-1009 CD
Händel - The Recorder Sonatas
BIS-955 CD
J.S. Bach - Goldberg-Variations (Clavierübung IV, BWV 988)
BIS-819 CD
J.S. Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I
BIS-813 CD
Set of 2 CDs - Penguin Guide 3 Stars
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