Verbier Festival
Masato Suzuki

A multifaceted musician, Masato Suzuki appears on the concert platform in the capacity of conductor, organist, harpsichordist and composer.

On the conducting podium Masato Suzuki works with such orchestras as the Hiroshima Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras and held the position of Principal Conductor with the Yokohama Sinfonietta during 2013 – 2015. With repertoire including Beethoven, Dvorak and Schubert, this season Suzuki debuts with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as well as making return visits to the Kanagawa Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras. In his role as Music Director of Ensemble Genesis, he presents ambitious programmes of baroque and contemporary music in imaginative combinations.

As organist and harpsichordist Suzuki’s relationship with Bach Collegium Japan has taken him to major concert venues and festivals across Europe and the USA. This season he makes his official subscription series debut as conductor with the ensemble conducting Bach’s St John Passion and Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea whilst he also takes the ensemble to perform at the Thüringen Bachwochen. Other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu Music Festival (of which he is one of the Artistic Directors) and Musikfest Bremen.

On disc, Suzuki appears in numerous recordings on the BIS label with Bach Collegium Japan including the complete set of Sacred Cantatas and J.S. Bach’s Concertos for Two Harpsichords which features his own arrangement of Orchestral Suite No.1. He participated as organist in the recording of Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien with Vox Luminis for the Ricercar label which was awarded the Gramophone Magazine Recording of the Year in 2012.

Suzuki’s composition portfolio includes works for both instrumental ensembles and choir; his work is published by Schott Japan and he has received recent commissions from Sette Voci, Tokyo Musik Kreis and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall among others. Suzuki’s reconstruction of lost movements of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV190 (Carus) and his completion and revision of Mozart’s Requiem have been highly praised.

Now based in the Netherlands, Masato Suzuki studied Composition and Early Music at the Tokyo University for Fine Arts and Music before studying Organ and Improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.