Ryo Terakado (寺神戸 亮, Terakado Ryō, born 1961 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia) is a Japanese violinist and conductor who specializes in historically informed performance. He also plays the viola, viola d’amore and violoncello da spalla. Currently he teaches at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Toho Gakuen School of Music.

Terakado began to study the violin at age four. He won a second prize in the All Japan Youth Musical Competition aged fourteen, and studied at the Tōhō Gakuen Daigaku in Tokyo. In 1984 he became concertmaster of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

When he was nineteen, he got interested in the Baroque violin. He studied from 1986 with Sigiswald Kuijken and graduated as a soloist three years later. From 1987, he has performed as concertmaster in several Baroque orchestras in Europe and Japan, including Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, La Petite Bande and the Tokyo Bach-Mozart Orchestra. He has been concertmaster of the Bach Collegium Japan which is active in the complete recordings of Bach cantatas, conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, playing not only violin, but also viola and viola d’amore. As concertmaster of il Gardellino, he conducted a recording of Bach solo cantatas for bass with Dominik Wörner, such as Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen, BWV 56. Terakado recorded Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin, and also his Cello Suites, playing them on a violoncello da spalla, a small cello played braced against the shoulder.

Ryo teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Netherlands), is Artist in Residence at KCB (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel – The Flemish conservatoire of Brussels) and teaches at his alma mater, Toho Gakuen School of Music (Japan). He regularly teaches at Yonsei University in Seoul and performs in concerts in Korea.

His discography can be found on the Ricercar (Belgium), Accent (Germany) BIS (Sweden) and Denon (Japan) labels.

A portrait of baroque violin