interview with violin superstar Hilary Hahn, who talked extensively about her own beginnings with the Suzuki method and her thoughts about it, having recently recorded the first three books for use by current students and teachers.This week we featured a wonderful
A lot of famous and accomplished violinists had their start in the Suzuki method - besides Hilary, there are Ray Chen, Sarah Chang, Benjamin Beilman, Rachel Podger, Jennifer Koh, Anne Akiko Meyers, Leila Josefowicz, Nick Kendall, Brian Lewis, Tai Murray, William Hagen, Melissa White, Timothy Chooi, Danielle Belen, Stephen Waarts....this is a very long list.
I did not start violin with the Suzuki method - I started at my public school and studied with a traditional teacher before finding my way to James Maurer, whose wife Jackie actually a very active Suzuki teacher at the time. Both later became involved in Suzuki, visiting Japan and meeting Shinichi Suzuki. I wound up coming returning years later and studying Suzuki pedagogy training with Mr. Maurer!
So while I had a very traditional training, I was exposed to the method from an early age, while not being a part of it as a child.
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