Acclaimed clarinetist, Rié Suzuki, made her Tokyo debut as a winner of the prestigious Japanese Clarinet Society Recital Series while still a conservatory student at Musashino Academia Musicae. A native of Japan, Ms. Suzuki has since expanded her repertoire of professional titles to include soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician; in addition, she has performed throughout Japan, the United States, Europe, and Central America.
Ms. Suzuki is currently a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and serves as principal clarinet of the Princeton Festival Opera Orchestra and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Moreover, she is a frequent guest clarinetist with several orchestras, including: Opera Philadelphia; the Pennsylvania Ballet; the Philly Pops; and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Ms. Suzuki is a founding member of the Eastwinds Quintet, the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, and Tripod Trio. Her recent tours and collaborations include a concert tour of Central America sponsored by U.S. Embassy with the Liberty Winds, a United States national tour of "Star Wars in Concert," and a recital series with the Poulenc Trio in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. She has performed at several notable music festivals, including: Aspen, Sarasota, AIMS (Graz, Austria), Apple Hill, Princeton, Kusatsu (Japan), and Northern Lights.
Ms. Suzuki's live performances on broadcast include: WQXR in New York (McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase); WRTI in Philadelphia; podcasts from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; as a guest speaker for "Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps" on WITF in Harrisburg; and an appearance on Nicaraguan National TV.
Her performances led to her recording on the Capstone Records Label with Soprano, Phyllis Bryn-Julson; New World Records label with the Philadelphia Virtuosi; the Centaur Records label with the Tripod Trio; the Naxos Records label with the Philadelphia Philharmonia under JoAnn Falletta; and DVD on the Warner Brothers label with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Rié Suzuki holds both a doctorate and graduate performance degrees from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where she was awarded an Orchestral Fellowship. Her principal teachers have been Loren Kitt, Robert Coleman, Yuji Murai, Tadao Funahashi, and the late Samuel Sanders. Dr. Suzuki is presently on the faculty of Rowan University, during the summers, she serves as artist-faculty at the Northern Lights Music Festival in Minnesota.