The Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music are pleased to announce the joint appointment of eminent Bach scholar and conductor Masaaki Suzuki as Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, the University’s renowned chamber choir. The two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2009.
Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of J.S. Bach. He has remained the Collegium’s music director ever since, taking the group regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement of his performances. In addition to conducting, Suzuki is also acclaimed as an organist and harpsichordist.
He is regularly invited to work with distinguished European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester; he recently appeared in London with the Britten Sinfonia in a program of Britten, Mozart and Stravinsky. Forthcoming 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.
Suzuki’s impressive discography on the BIS label includes his interpretations with Bach Collegium Japan of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas. He has now completed 40 volumes. MORE