The Bolivian-born Japanese violinist and conductor, Ryo Terakado, 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 3rd 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.
Ryo Terakadoís interest in Baroque music already started before: When he was 19, he started to play Baroque violin by himself. Some years later, he founded a Baroque ensemble Concert Spirituel together with Masahiro Arita (flute), who influenced him a lot, and Hidemi Suzuki (cello). 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, Ryo Terakado played with many Baroque orchestras in Europe and Japan as a concertmaster: Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra etc. Presently he is the concertmaster of La Petite Bande and Bach Collegium Japan. He plays regularly concertos by i.e. J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Mozart with the above-mentioned orchestras. Besides that he is also invited frequently to Italy, Poland, France and Australia as a soloist. In 1987 he founded the Tokyo Baroque Trio together with Christophe Rousset (harpsichord) and Kaori Uemura (viola da Gamba). Several tours were made in Japan, and many concerts in Europe. This group is now renewed with another harpsichordist: Siebe Henstra, and called Tokyo Baroque in order to expand the group.
Since 1994, Ryo Terakado is one of the main artists in Hokutopia International Music Festival in Tokyo, where he debuted as a conductor. He has conducted operas by Monteverdi, Purcell, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn and Mozart, including Purcellís Dido and Aeneas, Rameauís Pigmarion, Rebelís Les Elemens, etc. with collaboration of Natalie van Parijs (Baroque Dance) and Les Fragment Reunis, Jean-Philippe Corrigou (lighting) and Yoko Arimatu (Costume). He also conducted other concert performances: J.S. Bachís Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051), Purcellís Fairy Queen, extract of Lully Operas, Mozart Symphonies and extract of the opera Idomeneo, etc. In 1997, Orchestra of the Festival became Les Boreades which will be conducted by Ryo Terakado permanently.
Ryo Terakado founded an ensemble & orchestra Nova Pratica in 1999 together with Susan Williams (trumpet), Stratton Bull (counter-tenor) and Fons van der Linden (harpsichord). It's base is in Maastricht (Holland). He also founded the string quartet Mito dell'Arco which consists of Ryo Terakado, Dmitry Badiarov (violin), Yosiko Morita (viola), Hidemi Suzuki (cello). Debuted in Japan in September 1999. Besides other activities of solo, conducting, and chamber music, he also makes tours in Japan with The Kuijken Ensemble with Barthold, Wieland Kuijken and Robert Kohnen.
From 1990 to 1992, Ryo Terakado had taught baroque violin at Paris Conservatory (CNSMP). Currently he teaches at the Hague Royal Conservatory (Holland) since 1991, and at the Toho Gakuen School of Music (Japan).
His discography can be found in Ricercar (Belgium), Accent (Germany), BIS (Sweden), Denon (Japan) and Passacaille (Belgium)..