Bach Collegium Japan

Founded 1990

Bach Collegium Japan



The Bach Collegium Japan was established in 1990 by the renowned Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki. It consists of an award-winning ensemble of performers of original instruments and a choir. Masaaki Suzuki is internationally renowned as a Bach performer, organist, harpsichordist, musicologist and music director.

Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan have been awarded the 45th Suntory Music Prize in 2014 and their recent recording of Bach Motets was honoured with a German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2010 and also in 2011 with a BBC Music Magazine Award.

The ensemble have shared their interpretations across the international music scene with performances in venues as far afield as Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York and Seoul and at large-scale festivals such as the BBC Proms, Bremen Musikfest and the Edinburgh International Festival. In 2010, to celebrate 20 years in existence, the ensemble gave a series of high-calibre concerts in Tokyo. The Bach Collegium Japan performed at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and toured across North America while performing Bach’s B minor Mass at Carnegie Hall.

The ensemble frequently performs in Japan and overseas with the aim of presenting supreme interpretations of Baroque music with a focus on the sacred works ofJ.S. Bach. One of their most outstanding international achievements is their project of recording Bach’s complete churchcantatas in chronological order. Next to focusing their works on Bach, the ensemble has also recorded a superb interpretation ofMozart’s Requiem.