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Posted by Haukur F. Hannesson, Hon. President European Suzuki Association on 3 September 2018

The sad news has reached us that Peter Hagn-Meincke, Suzuki piano teacher and teacher trainer in Denmark, passed away on August 24, 2018.  He had been ill with cancer for some time.

Peter was one of the pioneers of Suzuki piano in Europe.  He joined one the first Suzuki piano teacher training courses in the U.K. run by Anne Turner, completed his training there and later became a Suzuki teacher trainer on the piano.

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In Denmark Peter worked as Principal for the Herning Music School from 1971-1986 and thereafter as a Suzuki piano teacher in the Kolding Music School, teaching a large group of piano students through the years.  He also started teacher training courses in Denmark and taught at workshops and trained and examined teachers in other countries.  For a number of years in the late 1980s and early 1990s Peter travelled regularly to Iceland to train Suzuki piano teachers.  His work there created the basis for Suzuki piano in Iceland.  Peter also ran his own business, selling sheet music, recordings and other music related goods. 

He was one of the founders of the Danish Suzuki Association and served as the association’s chairman. He also served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of the European Suzuki Association.

Peter was much respected and appreciated as teacher and teacher trainer. He was a fine pianist and teacher and most inspiring as a teacher trainer and examiner.  He was intelligent, witty with a great sense of humour and a sharp analytical eye in complicated situations.

I got to know Peter in the 1980s when my mother decided to train as Suzuki piano teacher with him, travelling from Iceland to Denmark several times a year for training sessions.  This contact led to Peter’s long term engagement in Suzuki piano teacher training in Iceland and many years of good and constructive co-operation between us running these courses.

It is with sadness that I bid farewell to a good friend and colleague. His contribution to the European Suzuki world will be remembered and greatly appreciated.  I send my most heartfelt condolences to his wife Solveig and his children and their families.  Peter will be sorely missed.