Prof. Yukari Tate ,Principal,violin
Yukari Tate began her violin study at the age of 3, and studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki from the age of 12. In 1964 she was a member of the first Suzuki Ten Children´s Concert Tour to America. On this tour she performed Chausson Poeme and received a wonderful acclaim. After giving several concerts in America as one of the members of the Suzuki Ten Children´s Tour, she made her debut recital using a Stradivarius in New York and Chicago which was highly evaluated. At the age of 19 she entered the conservatoire National Superior in Paris as a Quai d´Orsay scholarship foreign student. She studied with Benedetti and graduated with premier prix and premier nomme (at the top). She studied chamber music with Hubeau as well. She was part of a Duo with Pascal Devoyon(pianist)and graduated premier prix. She continued her studies with AuclairAGingold and Kogan in Graduate School. Later, she made a trio with Devoyon and Steven Isserlis (cello) and later made ´Sartori Sextet´ with soloists of the France Philharmonic Orchestra. She taught Suzuki Method classes in Paris by the request of President Chirac. She succeeded Prof. Koji Toyoda and became the Principal of the International Academy of the Suzuki Method in Matsumoto in April, 2010.
Prof. Toshio Takahashi ,Vice Principal,flute
Toshio Takahashi, moved by one of Marcel Moyse’s recordings at the age of nineteen, started teaching himself flute. He began performing all over Japan a year later, both as a member of the Ensemble Sonore and as a soloist. He then studied musical expression with Shinichi Suzuki and later left Japan for the United States to study the flute and music intensively under the influences of Morcel Moyse, Pablo Casals and others. After returning to Japan, Mr. Takahashi founded the Suzuki Flute School at Dr. Suzuki’s request and since then, the Suzuki Flute School has developed remarkably all over the world. Presently Mr. Takahashi is recognized world wide as an authority on the flute and he has been invited as a guest clinician to the National Flute Association Conferences and other Flute Conferences around the world. His main works include the Suzuki Flute School (7 Volumes, ed.), Dialogues with Moyse, etc.
Prof. Koji Toyoda ,violin
Koji Toyoda began his violin studies with Shinichi Suzuki at the age of three and a half and continued his studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris. He later studied with Georges Enesco and Arthur Grumiaux. He received the Bach Medal of Harriet Cohen Music Awards in London, and also premiums at international competitions in Paris, Geneva and Brussels. From 1962 to 1979 he served as the first concertmaster of the Berlin Radio-Symphony-Orchestra. From 1979 to 2000 he was a professor at the Hochschule der Kunste Berlin. He was one of the founders and the first music director of the Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy and Festival, and the director of the Gunma Symphony Orchestra. From 1995 he teaches Master Classes in Michaelstein, Germany. He assumed the Presidency of the Talent Education Research Institute and the Principal of the International Academy of the Suzuki Method after Shinichi Suzuki passed away in 1998 and served as TERI President until July, 2008. Since July 2008 he serves as the TERI Artistic Director.
Prof. Mineo Hayashi, cello
Mineo Hayashi began his cello study with the Suzuki Method. He later studied with Hideo Saito at Toho School of Music, and has also graduated from the Geneva Conservatoire with the highest honor. He won the first prize in the Beograd International Cello Competition. He has performed extensively in Europe, Asia and the United States. He also performed in a concert celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of Pablo Casals' birth. Celebrating three- hundredth anniversary of J.S. Bach, He had made concert tour throughout Japan, performing all Bach's unaccompanied cello suites in one night.
Prof. Seizo Azuma, piano
Seizo Azuma began his piano study with the Suzuki Method. He was awarded the first prize in the 52nd Japan Music Competition while he was studying at Tokyo College of Music. He graduated from the Conservatoire National Superior in Paris with honors. He has won the first prizes in many competitions including both the 15th International Piano Competition “E. Pozzoli” and the 7th International Piano Competitiong Viotti-Valsesiahin Italy. As a soloist and chamber musician, he continues to perform actively. He has made several appearances with major Japanese orchestras including the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He received the Japan Chopin Music Awards. His CDs were released by Epson label(Beethoven:Sonatas, Liszt:favorite pieces).