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Posted by Marco Messina, ESA Country Director ITALY on 31 October 2016

Fiorenza Rosi passed away in Bologna on the 20th of September 2016 after a very strenuous fight against illness; strenuous and unshakeable like herself.  

Fiorenza Rosi, the legendary Suzuki Violin teacher, was a protagonist of the history of the Suzuki Method™ in Italy and founder of the historical musical association, CEMI - Childhood Musical Education Centre.

She leaves an emptiness which will be impossible to fill.  

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Her Suzuki story started at the Ravenna Conservatory in the mid 80s, where she worked alongside the American Suzuki Violin teacher Marc Dulberg.  Marc was invited to Italy by Riccardo Muti, Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who was fascinated by the Suzuki Method™.  Riccardo's children begun their Suzuki Violin studies in the US, and he wanted them to continue in Italy. The Muti children became Fiorenza’s first pupils.

Maestra Rosi then decided that Suzuki teaching was her calling and began the demanding Suzuki training in France with Christophe Bossuat.  At the same time, in 1990, she founded the second Suzuki Violin school in Italy with branches in Bologna and Pesaro. Fiorenza, together with Lee and Antonio Mosca, were the founders of the historical school in Turin and with the Suzuki Guitar pedagogue Elio Galvagno, were amongst the first to spread the Suzuki Method in Italy.

Thus CEMI was created, which is today a school which counts hundreds of children. Numerous former pupils of Fiorenza’s at CEMI now work professionally in the La Scala, La Fenice and the Toscanini Orchestras and as members of professional quartets (Nous quartet and Fauves quartet),  as well as Suzuki teachers. Moreover, many of her former students worked in the international cooperation, in NGOs around the world.  All carry forth Fiorenza’s spirit.

Fiorenza and her pupils have taken part in Suzuki Conventions, internships, and musical exchanges in Italy and abroad.  She headed an important pilot project “Come on kids, let’s make violins” which brought the teaching of instrumental music to the elementary schools in collaboration with the Emilia-Romagna region and the Bologna University.  The most prominent project was “Music to the Children”, one of the most significant initiatives that Fiorenza and CEMI organised with the Bologna City Council in 2000 when Bologna was European Capital of Culture.

For many years Fiorenza was president of the Italian Suzuki Institute as well as a Violin Teacher Trainer and it is hard to imagine what the Suzuki Method in Italy would be today without her immense influence.

For Fiorenza no one goal was more important than another. She put all of her energy and commitment to any project whether it was teaching a 4 year old child, or  the preparation of advanced students for a public performance.  Fiorenza’s work could be summarised as “music to all children”.  Perhaps her dream was to emulate the “Pied Piper of Hamelin”: to guide the children of the city as they play throughout the streets and squares. To help them grow through music, and to give them the possibility to transmit happiness, pleasure and wonder.  

Thank you dear Fiorenza!