I am writing with the sad news received today that Riitta Kotinurmi, my dear friend and colleague and ESA Piano Teacher Trainer living in Finland, passed away after a long battle with cancer on 15 November 2020.
I am very sad to inform to the European Suzuki Association that Jaume Fargas, our dear Suzuki Voice Teacher and supporter of the Suzuki Voice Program has passed away July 13th, 2019 in Barcelona.
Marja Olamaa, long-standing chairperson of The Finnish Suzuki Association, violin teacher and teacher trainer passed away on the 28th of February 2019 in Terhokoti, a palliative care home in Helsinki.
On July 19, 2018, we were overwhelmed by the beautiful sound of dozens of voices coming together as one at the Gala concert concluding the 14th International Songs for Sharing. We opened with “Our Gift for You” by Jerry Estes. As the voices of students and teachers rose together repeatedly quoting “This is our gift for you”, we couldn’t help but reflect on the events of the week and the “gift” that Suzuki Voice has become in our lives and studios.
Group photo from the Gala Recital during '14th International Songs for Sharing Suzuki Voice Conference' at Cultural House Martinus July 19th, 2018.
In the photo is also Mayor Ritva Viljanen and Cultural Director Annukka Larkio from City of Vantaa, Finland (on the left).
A large gathering of current and former students attended a celebration concert for the 30th Anniversary of the Raahe Suzuki Association, Finland on Sunday 9 April 2017
Suzuki Voice Program and Talent Education Institute of Singing celebrated its 30th Anniversary year November 27th 2016 in Finland.
The anniversary of Shinichi Suzuki's birthday (17.10.1898 – 26.01.1998) was celebrated with a one day Suzuki piano workshop held at Johanneksen koulu, which is an elementary school for 1st to 6th grade students in Tampere, Finland.
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.