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Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained the Collegium’s music director ever since, taking the group regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances. In addition to conducting, Suzuki is also renowned as an organist and harpsichordist.
He is regularly invited to work with renowned European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester. Recent engagements with other ensembles include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2001 Suzuki was decorated with the Federal Order of Merit from Germany. He is the recipient of the 2012 Bach Medal.
Suzuki's impressive discography on the BIS label includes his interpretations with Bach Collegium Japan of Bach's major choral works and sacred cantatas, with over forty volumes now completed. Of the series, the Times has written: "it would take an iron bar not to be moved by his crispness, sobriety and spiritual vigor.”