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Rika Suzuki (Harpsichord)

Born: Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese harpsichordist, Rika Suzuki, studied first the piano and was attracted to the harpsichord at age 17. After graduation she received a Training Award to study harpsichord at the Tokyo College of Music. Among her teachers were Oigawa Mariko (harpsichord), Watanabe Zyun, and Ootake Takayuki (Baroque chamber music). She also attended courses with Huguette Dreyfus and Ton Koopman.

After graduating Rika Suzuki worked with various ensembles and musicians and appeared as soloist in concerto by J.S. Bach. She has performed extensively as a chamber music player. She gave highly acclaimed recitals in 2000 at the Tsuda Hall in Tokyo, and in 2005 at the Memorial Hall Museum and Gardens in Yokohama. After two years of preparation she played J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) several times in the course of the last 7 years. She has made herself a reputation especially as a Bach player and, together with Shin-ichiro Nakano and Mayako Soné, is considered as one of leaders of the next generation in this field.

Her debut album "J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations" was released in May 2007 by the label Fontec.

Comment:
There is another Japanese musician by the name Rika Suzuki (b 1960 in Tokyo), a composer active mainly in France.

Source: See links below.
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2009)

Rika Suzuki: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Music a la Carte [Japanese]
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Rika Suzuki (Cembalo) [Japanese]

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