Masato Suzuki received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Tokyo National University for Fine Arts and Music (now Tokyo University of the Arts), and completed courses at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He was awarded 20th Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the 18th Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, and the 18th Hotel Okura Music Award. Suzuki is Principal Conductor of Bach Collegium Japan (BCJ), Conductor and Creative Partner of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of Ensemble Genesis. He is also the designated principal guest conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (starting from April 2023). He has conducted orchestras including NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. In 2017 and 2020, he produced and presented “Masato Suzuki Produces BCJ Opera Series”. Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” (2017) and Händel’s “Rinaldo” (2020) earned high praise as baroque opera’s innovation.
He regularly appears on the radio program “The Pleasure of Early Music” on NHK FM, and frequently appears as guest on TV Asahi’s program “The Untitled Concert”. He released numerous CDs including J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings with BCJ (BIS) and a duo with the violist Antoine Tamestit (Harmonia Mundi). Executive Producer of the Chofu International Music Festival, stage direction, planning and production, and composition, Suzuki’s boundary-less activities are expected much from various quarters. Suzuki is a visiting professor at Kyushu University.
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