Ryo Terakado



Terakado was born in Bolivia 1961. He won the 3rd. prize at The Music Competition of Japan 1983. He joined Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as the position of concert master around the same time that he graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music at its highest degree.

Then he went to Holland and studied at Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag under Sigiswald Kuijken since he wanted to devote himself to playing original instruments with historical informed performance. Quitted Tokyo Phil during his stay in Holland, he started his career as original instruments player in Europe. He has hold concert master’s post of remarkable ensemble as Les Arts Florissants, Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent Orchestra, La Petite Bande and so on. In Japan, He played as 1st violinist of Mito dell Arco and is also the concert master of Bach Collegium Japan.

From 2006, he began to play viola pomposa (violoncello da spalla). His recording of “J. S. Bach: Suiten für Violoncello solo” was released in 2008 from Nippon Columbia was highly acclaimed among Japanese critics.

His recording is released mainly from Nippon Columbia (Japan), BIS records (Sweden), ACCENT (Belgium) Harmonia Mundi (France) and Passacaille (Belgium). Especially, he won the awards in National Arts Festival in Japan with his J. S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas (2000) and Telemann’s 12 Fantasies (2011).

He made his debut as conductor in 1995 in Japan (Purcell “Dido and Aeneas” at 1st Kita-ku international music festival organized by Kita-ku Cultural Foundation, Tokyo). Through its festival, He has conducted Rameau, Gluck, Charpentier and Mozart and has been appreciated.

In 2015, he won the 45th TonenGeneral Musc Awards (Western Classical Music).

He is on the faculty of Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag(Holland), Toho Gakuen School of Music(Japan), Royal Conservatory of Brussels(Belgium), Yonsei University(South Korea).

He lives in Brussels with his family.