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Posted by Martina Pudelová, Deputy Chairwoman & Country Director Česká Suzuki Asociace (CSA) on 26 July 2018

The Czech Suzuki Association held its 1st National Suzuki Violin Workshop July 13th - 15th, 2018 in Prague at the beautiful and majestic venue of Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

The 3-day event offered individual and group lessons led by the Suzuki Teachers Agathe Jerie (CH), Helen Brunner (UK), Elzbieta Wegrzyn (PL) and Jana Hrabaňová (CR); masterclasses for advanced student with the significant violinist Pavel Fischer (CR); two orchestras and Pretwinkle class for the smallest participants connecting Suzuki and Montessori principles with Maria Bengoechea (CR) and Martina Pudelová (CR). Participants had the opportunity to perform at two afternoon solo recitals and at the final concert at the majestic Martinu Hall.

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The Workshop focused on Czech music. Therefore, not only the participants worked on Dvořák Waltzes in the orchestra, but Czech music could have been heard also in the evening concerts - Markéta Janoušková Folklore Classic and Skampa Quartet.

We had over 40 participants from various countries (Poland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Sweden, UK, USA, China and Malajsia). Significant were especially the groups of children and their parents and teachers from Poland and Belgium.

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POLAND Kazimierz Sijpkens, Joanna Sochańska, Rozalia Bryla, Marta Bryla, Helena Sijpkens, Teresa Sijpkens, Mikolaj Chrzaszcz, Elzbieta Wegrzyn,
above from left parents of Joanna: Anna Sochanska, Jacek Sochanski, teachers: Martina Pudelová, Jana Hrabaňová, Helen Brunner; Magdalena Sijpkens (mother of Helena, Teresa and Mikolaj), Olga Kielczynska-Chrzaszcz (mother of Mikolaj)

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BELGIUM Hilde Pijnenborg, Inés Marx, Silke Hamers, Saar De Munck, Zeno Hamers, Liv Acke, Ini Van Bel, Noa Van Bel, Mirja Wastyn (parent) and Manou Acke.

It was an honour for us to have Mrs. Jerie and Mrs. Brunner here, since they both helped us a lot with introducing the Suzuki Method in CR, as well as to see some Suzuki parents playing in the orchestra the violin, cello and double bass. From organizing this workshop we learnt how amazing atmosphere of cooperationg among children, parents and teachers can be and we are full of energy and enthusiasm to work hard on other events like this.

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Pavel Fischer (CR), Agathe Jerie (CH), Helen Brunner (UK), Jana Hrabaňová (CR)

ALL PHOTOS from workshop: https://adobe.ly/2NHJZvR