Susanna Ogata, violinist, 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), her musical “sensitivity and fire” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), and “playing of electrifying energy, awesome technical command, and rollicking dialogue” (Arts Fuse Magazine) where her concert appearance was distinguished as “best solo performance” of 2016. She is dedicated to exploring music on historical instruments and has participated in concerts presented by the Bach Ensemble led by Joshua Rifkin, Arcadia Players, Ensemble Florilège, Newton Baroque, L’Académie, Boston Baroque, Sarasa, Foundling, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Blue Hill Bach, The Henry Purcell Society of Boston, Music at Eden's Edge, Genesee Early Music Society, SoHIP concert series, and Boston Early Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Boston Classical Trio, Copley String Quartet, and Coriolan String Quartet. Ms. Ogata has appeared as soloist with the Handel and Haydn Society, Bach Ensemble, Blue Hill Bach, Foundling, Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, Boston Virtuosi, and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded for Nonesuch and Telarc and has been featured on WGBH radio broadcasts.
Susanna Ogata is a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society. She was recently appointed as Assistant Concertmaster of the orchestra.
Ms. Ogata received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Eastman School of Music where she studied violin performance with and served as teaching assistant for Charles Castleman. She also received an Artist Diploma at the Longy School of Music where she studied with Laura Bossert and Baroque violin with Dana Maiben. Susanna Ogata served on the violin faculty at the Longy School of Music.
Joining forces with Ian Watson on fortepiano, Susanna Ogata is recording the complete set of Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin by Ludwig van Beethoven. For more information about "The Beethoven Project", visit the website, http://www.Beethoven-Project.com. Their initial CD in this series recently gained acclaim from the New York Times 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.” BBC Music Magazine praised the recording for it "altogether compelling performances" and the music for being "always vividly characterised — and further pronounced that "the atmosphere of excitement in both works is very well captured by Susanna Ogata and Ian Watson." Their performances this season include appeareances on The Cambridge Society for Early Music and an MIT residency.