Viola SUZUKI Yasuhiro

Born and raised in Niigata, Yasuhiro Suzuki began playing the violin at the age of five and studied with Akiko Tatsumi. A graduate from Toho Gakuen Music High School and Toho Gakuen College Music Department, Suzuki took part in the Yomiuri Shimbun New Players Concert and won first prize in the high school division of Tokyo regional round of the 47th Student Music Concours of Japan. After graduation, he switched to viola and studied with Nobuo Okada. His achievements included the highest prize in the viola division in the national round of the 9th Japan Classic Music Competition, second prize in the 2nd Awajishima Shizuka Hall Viola Competition and first prize in the strings division of the 12th Takarazuka Vega Competition. Suzuki then went to Germany and pursued his studies at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 and subsequently became an associate member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2003, he appeared as a soloist with Bonn Classical Philharmonic in different cities in Germany and received acclaim for his performance. Suzuki returned to Japan in the autumn of 2004 and started his career in his home country. As a soloist, Suzuki has appeared in a recital series “B to C” at Tokyo Opera City, has given recitals, has played with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra as a concerto soloist and has appeared in ViolaSpace. As a chamber musician, he has played as a member of the Legame Quartet, has appeared in programs like “Maro World” at Oji Hall and lunchtime “Masterpiece Classics Series” concerts and has frequently performed in the Chamber Music Series at JT Art Hall. He has been active also in various other musical events, such as the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto and the Miyazaki International Music Festival.
Besides performing, Suzuki teaches younger artists as an instructor at Toho Gakuen School of Music, Showa University of Music and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.
Currently, he is first solo viola of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.