B.S.: Music, Temple University
M.M.: Choral Conducting,Temple University
Koji Otsuki is a versatile performer and conductor specializing in historically informed performances of the music of J.S. Bach.He is founding director of the Tokyo-based Gamut Bach Ensemble, whichconsists of experienced early music vocalists and periodinstrumentalists. His studies include Bach with Masaaki Suzuki at Tokyo University of the Arts and early music ensemble direction with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University.A former conductor of the Temple UniversityWomen's Chorus, Otsuki combines his choral experience with a variety of musical training including voice with Lawrence Indik and Yukari Nonoshita, baroque violin with Natsumi Wakamatsu and Stanley Ritchie, flauto traverso with Liliko Maeda, and natural trumpet with Kiri Tollaksen. In addition to being a violoncellist da spalla, he is also head music librarian at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he collaborates withMitsuko Uchida,Richard Goode and other world-class musicians.His conducting mentors include Luis Biava, Alan Harler, Helmuth Rilling, and Janet Yamron.