Helen Brunner, Violin Teacher Trainer, United Kingdom was the pioneer Suzuki Violin Teacher in Europe in 1969 and the founder of London Suzuki Group in 1972. Helen is a Teacher Trainer for ESA (Europe) and SAA (The Americas) and travels the globe teaching the Suzuki Method™. Helen began the inaugural long-term teacher training for Russia in Moscow in 2013, masterminded a Suzuki Gala Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2016 and is the first Suzuki teacher to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the European String Teachers Association.
Karen-Michele Kimmett, Violin Teacher Trainer, France was a vital force in the formation of the French Suzuki Community and her tireless dedication to the development of the Suzuki Method™ has had an impact in many other parts of the world. In Canada, U.S.A, South Africa and Europe, her qualities as a Suzuki Teacher and humanitarian have been well recognised and much appreciated. Karen continues to generously share her knowledge and although now living in Canada, still works to support the ESA.
Esther Lund Madsen, Piano Teacher Trainer, Denmark was assigned by Dr. Suzuki to start the Suzuki Method™ for Piano in Denmark. Following her more than 35 years work for the Suzuki Method in Denmark and in many other European countries, Esther was appointed Honorary Member of the Danish Suzuki Association on 5 November 2011.
Haukur F Hannesson, Chairman ESA, Sweden was awarded Honorary Membership and appointed Honorary President of the ESA for his huge contribution as Chairman over a period of 22 years. During this time Haukur realised his vision that the ESA would be a platform of communication to facilitate the development of Suzuki in Europe and through his strong leadership, sound advice and good guidance the ESA continued to develop and grow.
Birte Kelly, Administrator, England was awarded Honorary Membership of the ESA on the announcement of her impending retirement for her invaluable contribution to the running of the ESA as an organisation working both as Deputy Chairman and Administrator for over 20 years.
Lola Tavor, Piano Teacher Trainer, Switzerland was awarded Honorary Membership of the ESA in recognition of her service to the Suzuki Method™ over many years.
Jeanne Janssens, Violin Teacher Trainer, Belgium was awarded Honorary Membership of the ESA in recognition of a lifelong and outstanding service to the Belgian Suzuki Association, the ESA and the International Suzuki Community.
Tove Detreköy, Violin Teacher Trainer and Bela Detreköy (1925-2017) from Denmark were awarded Honorary Membership of the ESA following their election as Honorary Members of the Danish Suzuki Association. This award recognised and celebrated their contribution to the development of the Suzuki Method™ in Denmark and in Europe.
Judy W Bossuat-Gallic, Violin Teacher Trainer, France was awarded Honorary Membership of the ESA in recognition of her services to the ESA as a founder member and a driving force behind all that has been achieved to date. This honour came at a time when Judy moved from France to live in the United States of America.