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  • Chamber Music Master Classes

    December 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
    Kulas Hall, Mixon Hall, Studios 113 and 225

    Juilliard String Quartet, guest artists
      Ronald Copes, violin
      Joseph Lin, violin
      Roger Tapping, viola
      Joel Krosnick, cello
     

  • Chamber Music Concert

    December 2, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights

    Juilliard String Quartet
      Ronald Copes, violin
      Joseph Lin, violin
      Roger Tapping, viola
      Joel Krosnick, cello
     

  • Percussion Ensemble Concert

    December 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
    Kulas Hall

    Percussion Ensemble
    Richard Weiner, director

From Wikipedia:

Shin'ichi Suzuki was the inventor of the international Suzuki method of music education.

Considered to be one of the most influential and controversial pedagogues of the 20th century, he often spoke about the ability of all children to learn things well, given the right environment.

Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1898, one of seven children, Shinichi spent his childhood working at the his father's violin factory, putting up violin soundposts. A family friend encouraged Shinichi to study Western culture, but his father felt that it was beneath Suzuki to be a performer. He began to teach himself how to play the violin at 17, however, after being inspired by a recording of Mischa Elman. Without access to professional instruction, he listened to recordings and tried to imitate what he heard.

At the age of 22, the Marquis Tokugawa, a friend of Suzuki's, persuaded his father to allow him to study in Germany, where he studied under Karl Klingler. Suzuki never attained any formal education past his high school diploma. While in Germany, he spent several years under the guardianship of Albert Einstein. He also met and married his wife, Waltraud. Upon his return to Japan, he formed a string quartet with his brothers and began teaching at the Imperial School of Music and at the Kunitachi Music School in Tokyo. During World War II, his father's violin factory was bombed by American war planes and one of his brothers died as a result. The family was left penniless by this, so Suzuki decided to leave his teaching positions and move to a nearby city, where he constructed parts for wooden airplanes to raise some money. Extremely poor, he gave lessons to orphaned children in the outer cities of where he lived. He adopted one of his students, Koji, and started to develop teaching strategies and philosophies. He then combined his new practical teaching applications with traditional Asian philosophy.

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


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