Susanna Ogata enjoys an active performance schedule in greater New England and beyond. Her playing has been described as “warm, witty, responsive, making the tops of phrases gleam” (Gramophone Magazine), “warm and rich of tone” (Fanfare Magazine), and “electrifying energy, awesome technical command and rollicking dialogue” (Arts Fuse Magazine) where her concert appearance was distinguished as “Best Solo Performance of 2016”.
Dedicated to exploring music on historical instruments, Susanna has participated and soloed with the Handel and Haydn Society, where she serves as Assistant Concertmaster, as well as with Arcadia Players, Bach Ensemble, Sarasa, Boston Early Music Festival, and Kennebec Early Music Festival. She is an active chamber musician and founding member of the Boston Classical Trio. Recent solo appearances include performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Upcoming solo appearances include performances of Bach and Torelli concertos.
Susanna and keyboardist Ian Watson have recently completed “The Beethoven Project”, surveying and recording the complete Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin of Beethoven on period instruments, receiving praise in such publications as Fanfare Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, Strad Magazine, Gramophone, and Early Music Review. 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.” They have recently completed a two-year residency, called “On Beethoven’s Piano”, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, performing and working with students there.
Ms. Ogata’s teachers have included Charles Castleman and Laura Bossert—and Dana Maiben with whom she studied Baroque violin. She also worked extensively with Malcom Bilson and Paul O’Dette while completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music.