Ryo Terakado was born 1961 in Santa-Cruz, Bolivia.

Ryo started to play violin at the age of 4. He won the 2nd prize in the All Japan Youth Musical Competition when he was 14 years old. He studied violin, chamber music and conducting at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1983, he won the third prize in the All Japan Music Competition.

 

At the time when graduating Toho Gakuen, he was invited as a concertmaster of The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served for 2 years.

His interest in baroque music already started before: When he was 19, he started to play baroque violin by himself. In 1985, he came to the Netherlands to study the baroque violin at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague under guidance of Sigiswald Kuijken. In 1989 He received a soloist diploma.

 

Since 1987, he played with many Baroque orchestras in Europe and Japan as a concertmaster. La Petite Bande , Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra etc.

Presently he is the concertmaster of Bach Collegium Japan.

He plays regularly concertos by i.e. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart with above-mentioned orchestras. Besides that he is also invited frequently to Italy, Poland, France and Australia as a soloist.

Since 1994, Ryo is one of the main artists in “Hokutopia International Music Festival” in Tokyo, where he debuted as a conductor.

 

Ryo conducts Operas by Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn and Mozart.

Currently he teaches at the Hague Royal Conservatoire (Holland) and Toho gakuen school of music (Japan) .

 

His discography can be found in RECERCAR (Belgium), Accent(Germany) BIS (Sweden) and DENON (Japan).