Manabu Suzuki enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber and orchestral musician. A graduate of the Toho Gakuen College of Music, he was awarded a scholarship and continued his study in viola at the Hamburger Musik Hochschule.
He has been invited to a number of music festivals as soloist and chamber musician, including the Lucerne Music Festival, International Bruckner Festival, Oberoesterreich Stiftskonzert, Sangat Music Festival (Mumbai), Toppan Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. In 1993 he joined the Bruckner Orchester Linz and served as principal violist until he returned to Japan in 2004 to begin his appointment as solo principal viola of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Reiner Kussmaul, and Peter Lukas Graf. He has performed as soloist with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchester Linz, among others. He is committed to introducing works for viola, including the Japanese premiere of Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Orchestra with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eliahu Inbal in 2006, and Ivan Eroed’s Violakonzert in 2012.
Alongside his active performance career, Manabu Suzuki teaches in the music master’s course in Japan, Viola Space in Tokyo, and the Toho Orchestra Academy.