Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) was born in Japan and studied western music in Germany in the 1920s. He began teaching young children in Japan in the 1930s and further developed his ideas and philosophy of education during the years following World War II. His approach has now been adopted by teachers in many parts of the world with highly successful results.
As a violinist, Suzuki first applied his ideas to a method for teaching the violin, but it has since been used with many other instruments (recorder, flute, piano, viola, cello, double bass, mandolin, harp, organ and voice) and more recently in early childhood education.
All those who had the privilege of meeting Shinichi Suzuki speak of the twinkle in his eye. He was young at heart, playful and full of energy, cheerful and loving to everyone he met.