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Bach Collegium Japan (Choral & Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 1990 - Tokyo and Kobe, Japan

The Bach Collegium Japan (= BCJ) was founded in 1990 by Masaaki Suzuki, who remains its music director, with the aim of introducing Japanese audiences to great works of the baroque era on period instruments. As the name of the ensemble indicates, its main focus has been the works of J.S. Bach and those composers of German Protestant music who preceded and influenced him, such as Dietrich Buxtehude, Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein and Georg Böhm.

The BCJ comprises both Baroque orchestra and chorus, and its major activities include an annual four-concert series of J.S. Bachís cantatas and a number of instrumental programmes. In addition, the BCJ presents major works such as J.S. Bachís Passions, George Frideric Handelís Messiah and Monteverdiís Vespers, and smaller programmes for soloists or small vocal ensembles. The BCJ is based in Tokyo and Kobe but performs throughout Japan, and for many of the its projects it has been placed to welcome European artists such as Max von Egmond, Nancy Argenta, Christoph Prégardien, Peter Kooy, Monika Frimmer, Michael Chance, Kai Wessel, Gerd Türk, Michael Schopper and Concerto Palatino.

Members of Bach Collegium Japan Chorus:

Sopranos

Altos

Tenors

Basses

Hana Blažíková
Minae Fujisaki
Yoshie Hida
Tamiko Hoshi
Mihoko Hoshikawa
Naoco Kaketa
Yumiko Kurisu
Joanne Lunn
Aki Matsui
Dorothee Mields
Sachiko Muratani
Rachel Nicholls
Yukari Nonoshita
Carolyn Sampson
Eri Sawae
Mikiko Suzuki
Aki Yanagisawa

Hiroya Aoki
Yuko Anazawa
Pascal Bertin
Robin Blaze
Mutsumi Hatano
Yoshikazu Mera
Toshiharu Nakajima
Claudia Schmitz
Tamaki Suzuki
Akira Tachikawa
Chiharu Takahashi
Yukie Tamura
Sumihito Uesugi
Matthew White
Makiko Yamashita

Yusuke Fujii
Hiroto Ishikawa
Takayuki Kagami
Koki Katano
Jan Kobow
Wolfram Lattke
Satoshi Mizukoshi
Katsuhiko Nakashima
Takanori Onishi
Makoto Sakurada
Michio Shimada
Jun Suzuki
Yosuke Taniguchi
Akira Takizawa
Gerd Türk
Andreas Weller

Daisuke Fujii
Jun Hagiwara
Yoshiya Hida
Toru Kaku
Peter Kooy
Tetsuya Odagawa
Yoshitaka Ogasawara
Tetsuya Oi
Kazuhiko Ono
Naoki Sasaki
Chiyuki Urano
Yusuke Watanabe
Roderick Williams
Dominik Wörner
Seiji Yoshikawa


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Source: Liner notes to BIS CD CD-751 (Cantatas BWV 4, BWV 150 BWV 196, conducted by Suzuki, 1998)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001, March-May 2015 )

Masaaki Suzuki: Short Biography | Bach Collegium Japan | Bach Collegium Japan: Cantata Series
Recordings of Vocal Works:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Recordings of Instrumental Works
General Discussions:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5
Cantatas:
Suzuki - Vol. 2 | Suzuki - Vol. 5 | Suzuki - Vol. 8 | Suzuki - Vol. 9 | Suzuki - Vol. 10 | Suzuki - Vol. 11 | Suzuki - Vol. 12 | Suzuki - Vol. 13 | Suzuki - Vol. 14 | Suzuki - Vol. 15 | Suzuki - Vol. 16 | Suzuki - Vol. 17 | Suzuki - Vol. 18 | Suzuki - Vol. 19 | Suzuki - Vol. 20 | Suzuki - Vol. 21 | Suzuki - Vol. 22 | Suzuki - Vol. 23 | Suzuki - Vol. 24 | Suzuki - Vol. 25 | Suzuki - Vol. 26 | Suzuki - Vol.. 27 | Suzuki - Vol. 28 | Suzuki - Vol. 29 | Suzuki - Vol. 30 | Suzuki - Vol. 31 | Suzuki - Vol. 38 | Suzuki - Vol. 43 | Suzuki Secular - Vol. 1
Other Vocal Works:
BWV 232 - M. Suzuki | BWV 243 - M. Suzuki | BWV 244 - M. Suzuki | BWV 245 - M. Suzuki | BWV 248 - M. Suzuki
Reviews oInstrumental Recordings:
Bachís Clavier-Ubung III from Masaaki Suzuki | Bach Harpsichord Discs from Hill and Suzuki | Bachís French Suites from Suzuki | Review: Partitas by Suzuki [McElhearn] | Suzukiís Partitas [Henderson] | Suzukiís Goldberg Variations
Discussions of Instrumental Recordings:
Partitas BWV 825-830 - played by M. Suzuki
Table of recordings by BWV Number

Links to other Sites

Bach Collegium Japan (Official Homepage)
Viva! Bach Collegium Japan

24 Hours Bach - Bach Collegium Japan

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