He was born in Kobe to parents who were both Christians and amateur musicians. He studied composition and organ at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and was later taught harpsichord and organ by Ton Koopman and Piet Kee and improvisation by Klaas Bolt at the Sweelink Conservatory in Amsterdam.
In 1983 he began teaching at Kobe Shoin Women's University, and founded Bach Collegium Japan, a baroque orchestra and chorus, in 1990. The group began giving concerts regularly in 1992, and made its first recordings three years later, when they began recording Bach's complete cantatas for the Swedish label BIS Records. They completed the church cantatas in 2013, but are still working on secular cantatas.
He is also currently recording Bach's complete works for harpsichord and is one of the few keyboard players to have recorded all four books of Bach's Clavier-Übung (including book 3, which is for organ).
He was a professor of organ and harpsichord at the Tokyo University of the Arts. As of July 1, 2009, Mr. Suzuki is Visiting Professor of Choral Conducting and conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum in a joint appointment between the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music.
- Masakata Kanazawa: "Suzuki, Masaaki", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 15 January 2007), <http://www.grovemusic.com>
- Unknown (January 20, 2012). "Masaaki Suzuki awarded Bach Prize". London: Royal Academy of Music. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- Notes to performance of Bach's Mass in B minor at the Barbican, London, 30 May 2006.
- Bach Collegium Japan: Masaaki Suzuki
- Masaaki Suzuki Management
- Masaaki Suzuki (Conductor, Harpsichord, Organ) bach-cantatas
- The Meistersingers from Tokyo on his tour in Germany, by Wolfram Goertz, signandsight.com
- Who dares, wins - Jeal, Erica, The Guardian (12 May 2006).
- Masaaki Suzuki in Conversation from WGBH Radio Boston