New Chairman for the European Suzuki Association
Anke van der Bijl was elected Chairman of the ESA at the recent AGM on Friday 23 April 2020.
Anke is a Flautist and graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory - she continued her Flute studies with Abby de Quant, attended masterclasses with Peter Lukas Graf, Geoffrey Gilbert, Wissam Boustany & Andras Adorjan and also studied arranging and conducting with Henk Alkema.
Anke has always had a passion for teaching and, after seeing the performance of some SUZUKI™ pupils and hearing their amazing playing, she decided to learn more about the SUZUKI™ Method. Anke completed her Suzuki Flute studies at the British Suzuki Institute in London with a practicum at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Aspen, USA and a Post Graduate with Toshio Takahashi at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. In Switzerland and Italy she took courses in Suzuki Early Childhood Education ( Level 1, 2 and 3 with Dorothy Jones) and Children's Music Lab. Since 1987 she teaches at her own Suzuki Flute School Fluitschool Flautissimo, in Gouda, the Netherlands.
Since her appointment as ESA Suzuki Flute Teacher Trainer/Examiner in 2001, Anke lectures for music teachers in various European countries and has conducted Suzuki Flute Teacher Training courses in the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Russia, Spain and New Zealand. Anke was ESA Country Director for The Netherlands from 2001-2009, has been Suzuki Flute Instrument Director since 2003 and Deputy Chair of ESA since 2010. In 2013 she was elected Chair of the International Suzuki Association (ISA) Flute Committee and in 2014 she was appointed as Teacher Trainer for ARSA (Asia Region Suzuki Association). Anke is much in demand as lecturer and guest teacher for International Suzuki workshops.
As Flautist, Anke performs with pianist Aad van der Velde and wind quintet “De Eenhoorn"
Co-founder of her home town youth orchestra, she has been conducting this group for many years.
Anke also enjoys art, literature and cats !