Kyosuke Suzuki is one of Japan’s leading Edo Sato Kagura (Festival & Shinto Shrine Music and Dance) musicians and dancers, and a prominent performer of the renowned Wakayama Shachu Performance Troupe of Tokyo. The Wakayama troupe is recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Culture to be an “important Intangible Cultural Property of Fine Arts.” He is considered to be the top lion dancer of the Edo style.
He tours internationally, performs regularly at the prestigious National Theater of Japan, and collaborates regularly with world-renowned taiko groups including Oedo Sukeroku Taiko (Tokyo), Taiko Shudan Amanojaku (Tokyo), and the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble.
A multi-talented musician, Suzuki is also proficient in western woodwinds, piano, shinobue (bamboo transverse flute), nohkan (bamboo flute from Noh theater), and various taiko and percussion instruments. He is a graduate of the Japanese National Music University and began studying Edo Sato Kagura during his early college days with Wakayama Taneo IV of the Wakayama Shachu Performance Troupe, recognized by the Japanese Ministry of Culture to be an “Important Intangible Cultural Property of Fine Arts,” He also teaches at the Kunitachi College of Music, Kaijou Junior and Senior High Schools, Sankei Gakuen Cultural Center, and offers private lessons at his “Kyo-no-Kai” school.