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Masaaki Suzuki



Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a Born in Kobe, Masaaki Suzuki began working as a church organist at the age of twelve. He studied the organ under Tsuguo Hirono at the Tokyo University of the Arts, going on to the Sweelinck Academy in Amsterdam in 1979. There he studied the harpsichord under Ton Koopman and the organ under Piet Kee, graduating with a soloist’s diploma in both instruments. In 1990 Masaaki Suzuki founded the Bach Collegium Japan, with which he embarked on a series of recordings of J. S. Bach’s cantatas. His impressive discography on the BIS label has brought him many critical plaudits, and he is regularly invited to work with renowned period ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Baroque. Masaaki Suzuki also conducts modern orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, in repertoire as diverse as Britten, Fauré, Haydn, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Stravinsky.
Masaaki Suzuki combines his conducting career with his work as an organist and harpsichordist. His recordings of Bach’s music for solo keyboard have won great acclaim, and the first volume of his series of the composer’s organ works was named Recording of the Month in Gramophone and Instrumental Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, and awarded a Diapason d’Or in Diapason.

Founder of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Masaaki Suzuki was named honorary professor there in 2015. He is currently guest professor at Kobe Shoin Women’s University as well as principal guest conductor at the Yale Schola Cantorum. In 2001 he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2012 he received the Bach Medal, awarded by the city of Leipzig.



Bach - The Toccatas
BIS-2221 SACD
 €15
Masaaki Suzuki plays Bach Organ Works, Vol. 3
BIS-2421 SACD
 €15
Johann Sebastian Bach - English Suites
BIS-2281 SACD
 €30
Bach - Musikalisches Opfer
BIS-2151 SACD
 €15
Masaaki Suzuki plays Bach Organ Works, Vol. 2
BIS-2241 SACD
 €15
Bach - Organ Works
BIS-2111 SACD
 €15
Bach - Concertos for Two Harpsichords
BIS-2051 SACD
 €15
Masaaki Suzuki plays Buxtehude
BIS-1809 SACD
 €15
Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II
BIS-1513 CD
Set of 2 CDs
 €30
Sweelinck - Psalms from Geneva
BIS-1614 CD
 €15
J.S. Bach - Clavier-Übung II
BIS-1469 CD
 €15
Early Italian Chamber Music for recorder and harpsichord/organ
BIS-1335 CD
 €15
J.S. Bach - French Suites
BIS-1113 CD
Set of 2 CDs - American Record Guide: Critic's Choice
 €30
J.S. Bach - Partitas for harpsichord
BIS-1313 CD
Set of 2 CDs - Music Web International: outstanding
 €30
J.S. Bach - Fantasias & Fugues
BIS-1037 CD
 €15
J.S. Bach - Concertos, Vol.1 (BWV 1041, 1042, 1043, 1060)
BIS-961 CD
 €15
J.S. Bach - Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801
BIS-1009 CD
 €15
Händel - The Recorder Sonatas
BIS-955 CD
 €15
J.S. Bach - Goldberg-Variations (Clavierübung IV, BWV 988)
BIS-819 CD
 €15
J.S. Bach - Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I
BIS-813 CD
Set of 2 CDs - Penguin Guide 3 Stars
 €30
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