We are greatly saddened to report the death of Gilda Barston.
Gilda meant so much to so many people, it is difficult to express the impact of her parting. In over forty years of teaching at the Music Institute of Chicago she was a friend, mentor, leader and advocate for the highest standards in music education. Her legacy as a teacher and teacher trainer is immense. In the face of tremendous adversity her dedication and love for her students was an inspiration to us all.
Her accomplishments are many. Gilda was an artist level cellist who studied with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. As a strong advocate of the Suzuki Philosophy, she served as Chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, CEO of the International Suzuki Association and Director and Artistic Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute. Gilda was a celebrated teacher of teachers, training and mentoring hundreds of young cellists who have spread about the world to become leaders in their field.
In April this year, the first ESA Violin Teacher Training Course was held in Zimbabwe.
Twelve enthusiastic teachers, including one from Zambia who had travelled twelve long hours on a dusty bus, participated in their ﬁrst course in Harare.
Two young pianists from the Langen Music School in Germany made the journey to London, UK to take part in the National Suzuki Workshop which was part of the British Suzuki Gala Week in March this year.
It was hardly a year ago, at the 2015 Estonian Suzuki Summer Camp, when representatives of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Martin Rüttimann Chairman of the ESA, held a meeting to start a Baltic Suzuki Violoncello project. Although all three Baltic States are quite small, there was a keen interest for Suzuki Violoncello Teacher Training in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania so all three countries joined together to focus on establishing a joint Suzuki Violoncello Teacher Training course. Leaders of this project are Janne Vasser (Estonia), Kristine Ravina (Latvia) and Valdas Povilaitis (Lithuania).
Something wonderful happened at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 27 March, Easter day, 2016.
The Suzuki Voice Program (previously known in English as “Suzuki Singing” and “Singing in the Suzuki Style”) has been developed by Doctor of Music Päivi Kukkamäki 1987—2003 with the same children during 17 years at Sibelius University, Docmus-department. The idea to start this program with expectant mothers came from Ilari Kukkamäki 1985. Over the years Dr. Kukkamäki has travelled to 21 countries, participated in 42 conferences, conventions and workshops: with lectures, program introductions, demonstrations with her own students and training new teachers.
A special Fundraising Campaign organised by the European Suzuki Association
(ESA) to raise funds to give more children the opportunity of a Suzuki education in
Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The initial application process has been closed as scheduled, but we will continue to accept late applications for the Waiting List for all instruments.
On Saturday October 17 2015 a 'One Day Suzuki Birthday Piano Group Workshop' was held in Riga, Latvia.