Japanese harpsichordist, Machiko Suto, is bringing new possibilities of the harpsichord performance, which are combinations of the classical and new, western and eastern repertoire with her passionate, virtuosity and sensitivity. Her ambitious also reaches to collaborate with other artistic genres: theater performance, music and poems, performance in museums and so forth.
Machiko studied piano with Atsuko Okada and Shoko Osagawa at the Tokyo College of Music, and harpsichord with Naoya Otsuka at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She studied harpsichord and clavichord with Menno van Delft, interpretation of contemporary music with Goska Isphording, and basso continuo with Kris Verhelst, and improvisation with Miklós Spányi at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and graduated with excellent grade.
Machiko co-founded the ensemble IJ SPACE with a Taiwanese virtuoso recorder player, Yi-Chang Liang focusing on not only early music but also new pieces, which they have commissioned with composers to seek and broaden new program of their instruments. They performed in Holland, Germany, Italy, Japan and Taiwan. They got the first prize at the 19th edition of the Biagi-Marini Wettbewerb in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany and the third prize at the International Van Wassenaer Competition 2018 in Utrecht, Holland.
Machiko is the prizewinner of several competitions: the 27th International Competition for Early Music in Yamanashi (Japan), and the Prix Annelie de Man Competition 2015 (Netherlands) and other competitions. She is one of the artistic advisors for the Prix Annelie de Man since 2016.
As a soloist and basso continuo player Machiko performed at Wunderkammer Trieste, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and the concerts series in the Oude Lutherse Kerk in Amsterdam. She also played at many concerts in venues such as the TivoliVredenburg, the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and so on.