Shinichi Suzuki and His Legacy

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was born on October 17, 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. His father, Masakichi, is the first person who makes the violin and build the factory in 1888 in Nagoya, Japan.

When he was seventeen, Suzuki heard a recording of Mishca Elman performed the famous piece composed by Franz Schubert’s, Ave Maria and he was amazed with the sound of the instrument and Elman’s performance and that moment he would decided to play the violin right away. But his father never support Suzuki to play the violin, so Suzuki tires to imitates the sound and the music he heard.

Shinichi Suzuki went to Tokyo at the age of 22 and stayed at
Marquis Tokugawa home, and studied the violin under tutelage by Koh Ando.

When he was 23 years old, he went to Germany and studied for eight years with a vilolin pedagoge named Karl Klingler. Shinichi met his wife Waltraud in Germany. They married and moved back to Japan. Suzuki and his siblings formed the Suzuki string quartet, and he worked at Kunitachi Music School.

around 1931 or 1932, Suzuki was struck and amazed by the childrens ability to absorb the language from their environment easily “Oh-why, Japanese children can all speak Japanese!”. This simple mind is the birth of the world known method called the Mother Tounge. A method and movement that believes in:
“Where the is love, much can be accomplished”
“Every child can learn”
“Ability develops early”, and more

Dr. Suzuki died on January 26, 1998, at his home in Matsumoto, Japan.

contributor: Suprapto Utomo, 2020

Suzuki Method widely spread in five continents:

Suzuki Head Quarters
Talent Education Research Institute (TERI), Japan

European Suzuki Association (ESA) – Europe, Africe, Middle-East

Pan-Pasific Suzuki Association (PPSA) – Australia New Zealands – Pasific Islands

Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) – North and South America

Asia Region Suzuki Association (ARSA) – Asia, except Japan