Susanna Ogata

October 21, 2016, and NovemberViolinist Susanna Ogata enjoys an active performance schedule in greater New England and beyond.  She has been praised for “totally convincing, spontaneous and free-flowing playing” (The Berkshire Review) and her musical “sensitivity and fire” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).  Dedicated to exploring music on historical instruments, Susanna has been a soloist and participant in concerts presented by the Handel and Haydn Society, Bach Ensemble led by Joshua Rifkin, Arcadia Players, Newton Baroque, Sarasa, Connecticut Early Music Festival, and Blue Hill Bach Festival.  She has also performed on the Boston Early Music Festival series.  Performances this season include appearances on the Cambridge Society for Early Music series and a residency at MIT. She is a founding member of several period instrument chamber ensembles: Boston Classical Trio, Copley String Quartet, and Coriolan String Quartet.  Susanna has recorded for Nonesuch and Telarc and has been featured on WGBH radio broadcasts.

Ms. Ogata has recently embarked with fortepianist Ian Watson on “The Beethoven Project” to survey and record the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Beethoven on period instruments on the CORO label.  The New York Times praised them for “elegant readings that are attentive to quicksilver changes in dynamics and articulation. Their performance of the Sonata No. 4 in A minor is darkly playful, their ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata brilliant and stormy.”

A tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society, Ms. Ogata was appointed as Assistant Concertmaster of the orchestra in 2014.

Ms. Ogata’s teachers have included Charles Castleman and Laura Bossert.  She studied Baroque violin with Dana Maiben.   She also worked extensively with Malcom Bilson and Paul O’Dette while completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music.