Makoto Sakurada – tenor
Completed his MA degree at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, in vocal music under Prof. Tadahiko Hirano, he continued to study under Prof. Gianni Fabbrini at the national conservatory “G. B. Martini” in Bologna and he is studying on vocal technique with W. Matteuzzi and on the baroque singing with G. Banditelli in Italy.
He is very active as a soloist at Oratorio performances especially of the baroque era. Recently he sang tenor solo in Mendelssohn’s Elias with W. Sawallisch in Tokyo.
His repertoire includes Evangelist/ tenor solo in J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, tenor solo in St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat and Cantatas, Händel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.
Since 1995, he has collaborated continually with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan at many concerts and on CDs as a soloist. He participated their tours in Europe, U.S.A, Israel and Australia.
He also collaborated with P. Herreweghe in 2000 and with S. Kuijken / La Petite Bande in 2002.
In Italy, he has collaborated frequently as a soloist with Il Giardino Armonico, Accademia Bizantina, Capella della Pieta’ de Turchini, Orchestra Barocca di Venezia, Europa Galante, La Stagione ArmonicaI Madrigalisti Ambrosiani, etc.
His operatic repertoire includes Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Edoardo in Il Cambiale di Matrimonio and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola.
He was awarded the 2nd prize at the International Early Music Concours Brugge in 2002.4