«Character first, ability second»
The Russian system of music education has a lot of popular festivals and competitions for children of different ages and training levels. They give pupils a chance to get experience of public performance, to learn more about creative work of their peers, and teachers have an opportunity to share their experience and to get in the center of events in the world of music education.
The first time I got to know about Shinichi Suzuki’s method was when I watched a short black and white movie on the TV. A huge number of little violinists were playing some variations with a lot of inspiration. I was 14, and doing my piano studies at the school of music. At that time I do well remember what I felt - so excited! I would have liked so much to be amongst these kids by the side of this teacher.
On March 18, 2017 a concert was held, entitled "Children of Suzuki - Moscow".
Young stars and students of Teresa Kotlar, Suzuki Piano Teacher, Russia were accompanied by the "Kremlin" Chamber Orchestra
Elena Sterelyukhina, Suzuki Violin Teacher, Russia (left), with her students Valeriya, Filaret and Rasul
at their Book 1 Graduation Recital
Accompanist Svetlana Briantceva, ESA Country Director for Russia
A little bit of history was made last month when the first Suzuki Violin exams to take place on Russian soil were conducted in an historic mansion with a great musical history and the home of the International Union of Musicians. The building is in the historic centre of Moscow and is located opposite the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory.
The first Suzuki Piano Teachers in Russia qualified recently after passing their Level 1 examinations.