Many Distinguished Instructors from Japan and Overseas Will Join.
High caliber instructors from all over the world will teach a wide array of lessons at the World Convention. Without doubt, the students’ lessons will be charged with excitement and electricity.
Guest Faculty（Chamber Music）
Hidetaro Suzuki It was Shinichi Suzuki at his Tokyo home who exposed the world of violin playing for Hidetaro Suzuki in 1941. These studies were followed in Japan with Saburo Sumi and Paul Kling. After graduation from the Toho School of Music, Hidetaro Suzuki continued his violin studies with Efrem Zimbalist at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for seven years.
Beginning with the National Competition in Japan in the 1950’s, Mr. Suzuki was also awarded top prizes at the Tchaikovsky, Reine Elisabeth, and Montreal International Violin Competitions in the 1960’s. Since January 1961, he continuously performs with his wife, Cuban pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki.
As concertmaster, he served 16 seasons with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, 27 seasons with the Indianapolis Symphony and many summers with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and Chautauqua Festival in New York. At the same time, he has been a featured soloist with the NHK Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, the Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony, the Japan Philharmonic, the Tokyo Municipal Orchestra, the Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Kyushu Symphonies in Japan, as well as the Hong Kong, the Moscow, the Leningrad, and the Minsk Philharmonies, Concerts Colonne de Paris, L’Orchestre National de la Radio et Télévision Françaises, The Belgian National, the Toronto, the Montrėal, the Quėbec, the CBC Radio, and the Indianapolis Symphonies, La Orquesta Nacional de La Habana, and many others throughout his career.
As a conductor, he has been regularly engaged by L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quėbec, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Sapporo Symphony in addition to the Tokyo, Yomiuri-Nippon and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
He has taught at Le Conservatoire de Musique de la Province de Quėbec, the Laval University in Quėbec, Butler University in Indianapolis, and as Visiting Professor of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1980, he began with Zeyda a chamber music series, Suzuki & Friends, in Indianapolis featuring artists that included Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Kyoko Takezawa during its 27 seasons.
The City of Indianapolis bestowed him many awards recognizing his contributions towards the advancement of culture in this capital city as well as the state of Indiana.
ZEYDA RUGA SUZUKI（Piano）
Pianist Zeyda Ruga Suzuki started playing the piano by ear at age three and was enrolled on the 8-year-course at the Municipal Conservatory of Music in her native Havana (Cuba) at age six under Sarah González (a former pupil of Claudio Arrau). She finished two years earlier than expected and graduated with honors in piano, theory of music, solfège, and harmony at age 12. She continued her studies privately in Cuba with Ñola Sahig (a former pupil of Isabelle Vengerova and Rosina Lhevinne) prior to her entrance at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 16 as a student of Rudolf Serkin.
During her stay in Québec, she was the Chairman of the Department of Chamber Music at Laval University along with creating L’Ensemble Instrumentale du Quėbec, which performed for sixteen seasons.
After moving to Indianapolis, she and her husband Hidetaro continued to perform in the United States, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Hong Kong, and India. Since her first visit to Japan in 1964, when she had the great honor of meeting Suzuki Shinichi-Sensei in Matsumoto, she has returned for 42 concert tours all over Japan.
In addition to working devotedly with Hidetaro, she has been active as chamber musician and soloist all over the world, and as Visiting Professor of Piano at Indiana University/South Bend and the European Music Teachers Association in Blonay, Switzerland, as well as Chamber Music Coach at Miami’s New World Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas, director) for ten seasons. For 27 seasons, she was an organizer and principal performer of the Suzuki & Friends chamber music series. She has been soloist under the batons of distinguished conductors Pierre Dervaux, Ling Tung, and Raymond Leppard on dozens of occasions, and she continues to collaborate frequently with various string quartets such as the Miami, Jupiter, Enso, and Amernet Quartets, making her experiences extremely rich and varied.
Mr. and Mrs. Suzuki have the joy of having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 2012 along with their three children and five grandchildren. Their lives have been dedicated to the love of Classical Music and to their family.
Tomiko Shida Tomiko Shida began her violin studies with Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto when she was a young child. In 1959, she went to Belgium and continued her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels and studied with Professor Arthur Grumiaux. In 1960, she graduated from the Conservatoire with the grand prix. In 1961, she received the 2nd prize at the International competition in Munchen (no winner of the 1st prize). Since then she has been living in Brussels. She has performed solo and ensemble extensively in Europe, such as Brussels, Genève, Paris, Munchen, London and also in Japan. For many years, she served as the first assistant concertmistress of the Brussels National Opera (Royal Theatre of the Munt) and was professor of Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
Koji Toyoda Koji Toyoda began his violin studies with Shinichi Suzuki at the age of three and a half and continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris. He later studied with Georges Enesco and Arthur Grumiaux. He received the Bach Medal of Harriet Cohen Music Awards in London, and also premiums at international competitions in Paris, Geneva and Brussels. From 1962 to 1979 he served as the first concertmaster of the Berlin Radio-Symphony-Orchestra. From 1979 to 2000 he was a professor at the Hochschule der Kunste Berlin. He was one of the founders and the first music director of the Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy and Festival, and the director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra. From 1995 he teaches Master Classes in Michaelstein, Germany. He assumed the Presidency of the Talent Education Research Institute and the Principal of the International Academy of the Suzuki Method after Shinichi Suzuki passed away in 1998 and served as TERI President until July, 2008. Since July 2008 he serves as the TERI Artistic Director.
Kenji Kobayashi Kenji Kobayashi studied with Shinichi Suzuki and Ivan Galamian. In 1950, when he was 17, he made his debut recital with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Regular Concert conducted by Akeo Watanabe. In 1952, he entered the Juilliard School. In 1961, he made his debut recital at the Town Hall in New York and received a wonderful acclaim in the New York Times. He has performed at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in other various places in Europe. From 1967 to 1972 he served as a concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Symphony Orchestra. And from 1972 to 1990 he served as a solo concertmaster of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and also presided the New Arts String Quartet. In 1982 he received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival prize, Kenzo Nakajima Music prize, Asahi Modern Music prize, etc. He served on the jury of the Paganini Competition, "Rodolfo Lipizer Prize" Violin Competition, International Competition Sion Valais, and the Music Competition of Japan. He served as a professor at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.
Reiko Watanabe Using the Suzuki Method, she began studying violin at the age of 3 and a half. At age 15 she won the 1st prize in the Japan Music Competition. In 1984 she won the highest prize in the Viotti International Competition. In 1985 she enrolled in the undergraduate program at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and in 1992, completed the master’s degree as well. Ever since winning the highest award at the Paganini International Competition held in Genoa in 1986, she has played extensively with prominent orchestras around the world, has given many recitals and has taken part in music festivals in all continents. Since 2004 she has been appointed as Select Professor at Akita International University to teach in English classical music and performances. In 2005, in recognition of her accomplishment, she was awarded the Exxon-Mobil Music Prize. She continues to reside in New York.
Kyoko Takezawa Kyoko Takezawa won the Gold Medal at the Second Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 1986, and since has performed worldwide with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, NDR Symphony, NHK Symphony. She has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski and Sir Andrew Davis. She has given recitals at major venues internationally and participated at festivals in Aspen, Ravinia, La Jolla, BBC Proms and Lucerne Music Festival. Most recently, her new CD of the Brahms Complete Violin Sonatas with Itamar Golan has been released by Sony.
Ms. Takezawa began violin studies at the age of 3 under Shoichi Yamamura and at 7 toured the United States, Canada and Switzerland as a member of the Suzuki Method Association. She studied with Kenji Kobayashi at the Toho Music School. In 1982 she placed first in the 51st Annual Japan Music Competition, and at 17 she entered the Aspen Music School to study with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, whom she continued to study with at The Juilliard School until graduating in 1989. She lives in Paris.
Brian Lewis As a student of Eleanor Allen, Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four, and participated in the Ottawa Suzuki Strings program under the direction of his mother, Alice Joy Lewis. He later studied with Tiberius Klausner, and twice traveled to Japan where he studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Hyo Kang. Highly committed and dedicated to teaching young artists, Mr. Lewis has quickly emerged as one of the leading violin teachers of his generation. He holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at UT where he is Professor of Violin. He is also Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Artistic Director of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, a founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at the Butler School of Music. This past year, Mr. Lewis finished his 2nd year in residency at the Yale School of Music as the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor in Music.
Mr. Lewis performs on a Gand Freres violin, made in Paris in 1863. Additional information may be found at www.brianlewisviolin.com
William Starr William Starr is an internationally recognized Suzuki pedagogue and a founder of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has appeared at workshops, and conferences throughout the world, as teacher, conductor, soloist, and lecturer, and is founder of numerous Suzuki programs and pedagogy programs throughout the United States.
Mr. Starr was a faculty member of the University of Tennessee Department of Music for many years, serving as chair from 1977-1982. During this time, he was first violinist with the University String Quartet and concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony. He has also served as an adjunct professor of music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is author and co-author of numerous books, including Perceiving Music, a college theory text, and many Suzuki-related texts, including The Suzuki Violinist and, with his wife, Constance, To Learn with Love. From his experience as a university symphony conductor, Mr. Starr has first-hand knowledge of the relationship between the understanding of music theory and the reading skills of many young violinists. Passionate about teaching theory and music reading to children, he has published a series of reading books that incorporate what he calls "usable" theory. Mr. Starr is currently a faculty member of Boulder Suzuki Strings, which he has worked with since its inception in 1982.
Yukari Tate Yukari Tate began her violin study at the age of 3, and studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki from the age of 12. In 1964 she was a member of the first Suzuki Ten Children´s Concert Tour to America. On this tour she performed Chausson Poeme and received a wonderful acclaim. After giving several concerts in America as one of the members of the Suzuki Ten Children´s Tour, she made her debut recital using a Stradivarius in New York and Chicago which was highly evaluated. At the age of 19 she entered the conservatoire National Superior in Paris as a Quai d´Orsay scholarship foreign student. She studied with Benedetti and graduated with premier prix and premier nomme (at the top). She studied chamber music with Hubeau as well. She was part of a Duo with Pascal Devoyon(pianist)and graduated premier prix. She continued her studies with Auclair、Gingold and Kogan in Graduate School. Later, she made a trio with Devoyon and Steven Isserlis (cello) and later made ´Sartori Sextet´ with soloists of the France Philharmonic Orchestra. She taught Suzuki Method classes in Paris by the request of President Chirac. She succeeded Prof. Koji Toyoda and became the Principal of the International Academy of the Suzuki Method in Matsumoto in April, 2010.
William Preucil William Preucil Sr., violist, has performed in thirty-five countries on six continents. He received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, was principal violist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the Stradivari Quartet. He is Emeritus Professor at The University of Iowa, where he was given its annual M.L. Huit Award for Teaching Excellence in 1992.
Mr. Preucil is the recording artist for the method books of the Suzuki Viola School and has served the Suzuki Association of the Americas as Chair of the Board of Directors and also the International Suzuki Association as its Vice President. As a registered Teacher Trainer with the SAA, he has taught masterclasses and workshops in Europe, Asia, Australia, and throughout North America. He has served on judging panels for the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition, the Washington International Competition for Strings, and the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players.
He is a longtime member of the American String Teachers Association who presented him with its Artist Teacher Award of 2009, and also of the American Viola Society where he served as Vice President and received their award for Creative Achievement in 2008.
Mr. Preucil was a co-founder (with his wife, Doris) of the Preucil School of Music. The school was established in 1975 in Iowa City and has a current enrollment of 700 students. Mr. and Mrs. Preucil's four children are all professional string players: William, Jr., concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra; Walter, cellist with the Chicago Lyric Opera; Anne, harpist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Jeanne, violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra.
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi was born in Tokyo and had his early cello lessons from Hideo Saito. He made his debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra when he was just 12 years old. He subsequently performed with Japan's leading orchestras and won prizes at many important competitions, including the most significant Japanese competition, the Mainichi Music Competition. In 1963 he won the International Pablo Casals Competition in Budapest. A Fulbright Foundation scholarship gave him an opportunity to study with Janos Starker at Indiana University in Bloomington (USA).
Over the years, audiences have been able to experience Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi in concert with, for example, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic and many other orchestras.
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi taught at Western Ontario University, Toho University and at the University of Illinois before being appointed a faculty member at Indiana University in 1988. He gives master classes in Asia, Europe and the USA and is regularly invited to serve on the jury of renowned international music competitions. Some of his CD recordings have been released on the Sony label. The Suntory Award was conferred on Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi for his key role in Japanese musical life. A particular honour was for him to be presented the award of the National Academy of Arts by the Japanese Emperor.
Mineo Hayashi Mineo Hayashi began his cello study through the Suzuki Method when he was young. He later studied with Hideo Saito at the Toho School of Music, and then went on to continue his studies at the Geneva Conservatoire where he graduated with the highest honor. In 1975, he won the first prize in the Beograd International Cello Competition. In 1976, he made his debut recitals, which were highly evaluated, at the Carnegie Hall in New York and in Washington,D.C. In 1977, he was invited to perform at the memorial concertcelebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of Pablo Casals' birth where he was highly recognized as a cellist representing Japan. His collection of J.S. Bach's unaccompanied cello suites were released on CD in Europe and Japan and they are popular on the unlisted best sellers. In 1995, he performed at the Casals' Hall to celebrate the " 20th Anniversary of Debuts: 4 Days of Continuous Concerts." Presently he is serving as professor of the cello department at the International Academy of the Suzuki Method where he trains students to become Suzuki teachers.
Toshio Takahashi Toshio Takahashi, moved by one of Marcel Moyse's recordings at the age of nineteen, started teaching himself flute. He began performing all over Japan a year later, both as a member of the Ensemble Sonore and as a soloist. He then studied musical expression with Shinichi Suzuki and later left Japan for the United States to study the flute and music intensively under the influences of Morcel Moyse, Pablo Casals and others. After returning to Japan, Mr. Takahashi founded the Suzuki Flute School at Dr. Suzuki's request and since then, the Suzuki Flute School has developed remarkably all over the world. Presently Mr. Takahashi is recognized world wide as an authority on the flute and he has been invited as a guest clinician to the National Flute Association Conferences and other Flute Conferences around the world. His main works include the Suzuki Flute School (7 Volumes, ed.), Dialogues with Moyse, etc.
Takeaki Miyamae Takeaki Miyamae is a flutist with unique and unconventional career backgrounds. He began his flute studies at age of nine with Suzuki Flute Method founder, Toshio Takahashi. At the age of eleven he attended the legendary flutist Marcel Moyse’s masterclass in 1977 and thereafter he took private lessons at Marcel Moyse’s home in the U.S. He toured in the U.S. and Canada as a Suzuki Flute demonstrator with Toshio Takahashi and contributed to establish Suzuki Flute schools in North America. He put his music activities on hold after entering Yokohama City University School of Medicine, earned a medical doctor degree and Ph.D in Medicine and received Medical Research Encouragement Award of Yokohama City University Medical Association. In 2001 he resumed his professional music career, and since then he has maintained double professions - flutist and medical researcher. He received awards and prizes of music competitions in the U.S. and Europe including First Prize of the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2011 and made his debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the winners’ recital. He has conducted professional activities as a performer and an instructor in Japan and the U.S. Currently he is a faculty member of the Westmoreland Suzuki School of Music in Pennsylvania, a guest faculty of the Suzuki Association of Greater Washington Area (SAGWA) Flute Institute, a visiting instructor of the International Academy of the Suzuki Method in Matsumoto, Japan, and Sr. Research Associate of Translational Neuroscience Program, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Seizo Azuma After studying piano under the supervision of Mrs. Haruko Kataoka, he entered Music High School attached to Tokyo College of Music. In 1983, he drew public attention by winning the first prize in the Music Competition of Japan. In the following year, he was admitted to Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris as a scholarship student of the French Government and studied with Mr. J. Rouvier and Mr. J.C.Pennetier. He holds an imposing list of competition victories and awards. He performed solo recitals as well as concerts with various orchestras in Europe, North America and China. He has an enthusiasm for chamber music. The Bois Vert Trio, which he founded with Akihiro Miura, Concert Master of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Ryoichi Fujimori, Chief Cellist of NHK Symphony, one of the treasured activities. In addition to this, he has been presenting exquisite collaborations with a number of top soloists. He teaches younger pianists at Tokyo National University of the Arts, Tokyo College of Music and the International Academy of the Suzuki Method.
Seiko Ezawa Seiko Ezawa began her piano study through the Suzuki Method when she was 5 years old. She graduated from the Toho School of Music with the highest honor. In 1990, she won the first prize in the 59th Music Competition of Japan. In addition to this prize, she was awarded the Masuzawa prize, Iguchi Prize, Nomura prize and the special prize. She made her debut recital in the "17th NHK Young Bud Concert" performed with NHK Symphony conducted by Yuzo Toyama. She graduated from the Hochschule der Küunste Berlin with the highest honor and received a diploma. She passed in the National Examination for the Solo Artists in Germany with the highest honor and graduated from the soloist coúrse. She won the first prize in the Cantu International Piano Competition in Italy. She performed solo recitals as well as sembles in Germany, France, Italy, England, Swiss, Poland, the States. She also performed with various orchestras. These orchestras include Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Breslau Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Müenster Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo New City Orchestra. She has been acting as a judge for the All Japan students Music Competition and various competitions in Japan. She is giving lectures and teaching open lessons. Presently she is serving as the associate professor at the Kunitachi College of Music and also teaching at the Toho Gakuen Music High School and the Faculty of Music at the Toho School of Music.
Yuko Shindo Yuko Shindo began studying piano through the Suzuki Method with Shizuko Suzuki.
She continued to study the piano at the "Music class for children", a branch of the Toho School of Music. Later, after studying at Toho Gakuen Music High School, she entered the Toho School of Music. In 1983 she won the 3rd prize in the 52nd Music Competition of Japan. In 1985 she graduated from the Toho School of Music with the highest honor and performed at the Yomiuri New Stars Concert. She won the 3rd prize in the Claude Cahen International Competition in Paris. She entered Conservatoire National Superiur de Musique de Paris and graduated with the 1st prize in 1988. In
1989 she completed the Ensemble Course at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Since returning to Japan, she has been teaching at the Kunitachi College of Music, Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts and Music, and the "Music class for children, Suwa branch" a branch of the Toho School of Music. She is a faculty member for the Suzuki Method Summer School every summer. She was invited to perform at NHK FN and also performed solo recitals as well as ensembles.
She studied with Hidemitsu Hayashi, Kazuoki Fujii, Yoko Araki, Yvonne Loriod, Pierre Reach, Vadim Sakharov, Germaine Mounier.
Presently, Yuko Shindo is serving as the assistant professor at the Kunitachi College of Music and a part-time faculty member at the Aichi Prefecture University of Fine Arts and Music.
Christophe Bossuat （France）
Helen Brunner （UK）
Jacki Corina （USA）
Kiichiro Mamine （Germany）
Koen Rens （Belgium）
Lois Shepheard （Australia）
Mihoko Hirata （USA）
Martin Ruttimann （Switzerland）
Paul Landefeld （USA）
Yasuki Nakamura （Australia）
Barbara Wampner （USA）
Catherine Walker （Canada）
Gilda Barston （USA）
Ruben Rivera （France）
Takao Mizushima （Australia）
Mary Craig Powell（USA）
Mary Halverson Waldo（USA）
S Daniel Swaim（USA）
David Gerry (Flute Canada)
November 6, 2012