Rieko Suzuki, Violin

After graduating from Toho Gakuen School of Music, she was appointed as co - concertmistress of New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 23. She has studied under Isako Shinozaki during her years at Toho Gakuen, attended seminars where Henryk Szeryng, Nathan Milstein were her teachers, and at Indiana University, she studied under Josef Gingold.

From 1997 she has focused on solo activities. She has played as a soloist with major orchestras, has been invited to a number of music festivals both throughout Japan and abroad. In addition, not only to her activities in the world of classical music, she has expanded her boundaries under the theme of "East and West." Her innovative performance under this theme at the Kanagawa Kenritsu Ongakudo attracted much attention for resident artist. In addition to playing all the Beethoven's string quartets, she has also been invited regularly as an associate concertmistress for the Malmö Stadsteater in Sweden. Since 2004, she has also served as the associate concertmistress of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra from 2004 till 2014.

In 2004, the New Zealand tour as a duo with Yuji Takahashi which was funded by the Japan Foundation, was widely reported in local newspapers and radio, ended in a great success. Her performance history is as follows; 2005 "The World New Music Festival and Conference" in Bangkok, 2006 recital tours in Chengdu and Beijing of China, 2007,2008 Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival in Indonesia, International Music Festival in Phnom Penh, 2009 music festivals in Indonesia, India and other countries in Asia. Her violin solo recitals of unaccompanied pieces received rave reviews. She has also poured her effort in teaching the young by conducting solo and chamber music master classes in National Institute of Music of countries such as New Zealand, Indonesia, and China. Many composers have entrusted her and have received nomination s to perform the premiere of their works.

Her Solo CD sales include Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" a performance with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, “Rêve ď une nuit ď été”, "From The Orient" ( sub recommended by Music Magazine “The Record Geijutsu” ), Violin Concerto of Stephen Melillo’s "Writing on the Wall "(nominated for Grammy Award for 4 categories), and " Winter Garden " produced by Joe Hisaishi. Her latest CD is "Chopin Fantasy" released in 2010 (King International).

In 2008, she produced the Asian Music and Arts Festival "Beyond the Border", a festival where music of east and west “met”. It was held at the Yokohama Museum of Art (held in Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall in 2009 and then, in Kakegawa City Cultural Hall in 2010). It was highly acclaimed for its innovative concept and borderless contents where classical music, Gagaku music (Japanese traditional music), Khoomi, vocal performances, paintings, calligraphy and Hua jia quan (Chinese WuShu) intertwined and came together to become into one art form.

In recent years, she has actively worked along with pianist Akira Wakabayashi as a duo, she played all of the Beethoven’s violin sonatas and other numerous masterpieces for the violin and piano. Their performance is highly evaluated for its sincere interpretation.