Shinichi Suzuki, geboren in 1898 te Nagoya (Japan), is de zoon van de stichter van de grootste vioolfabriek ter wereld. Hij start zijn vioolstudie op 17-jarige leeftijd te Tokio en reist nadien naar Duitsland waar hij zijn studies voortzet bij de beroemde vioolpedagoog Karl Klinger.
Shinichi Suzuki, born in 1898 in Nagoya (Japan), is the son of the founder of the largest violin factory in the world. He starts his violin studies at the age of 17 in Tokyo and then travels to Germany where he continues his studies with the famous violin pedagogue Karl Klinger.
After taking lessons with Karl Klinger for 8 years, Shinichi Suzuki returns to Japan to make music and teach. He becomes one of the first Japanese concert violinists and sets up a string quartet with his brothers. He will also teach at the Imperial Music Academy and the Kunitachi Music Academy in Tokyo.
The Second World War marks the end of his podium career.
From 1945 he developed a new teaching method: the mother tongue method. Some of his students, Toshiya Eto and Koji Toyoda, become famous concert violinists with this native language method.
From the time that Shinichi Suzuki developed the mother tongue method, he focused solely on teaching children and adolescents.
He receives honorary titles and prizes everywhere for his pedagogical work and he even receives 8 honorary doctorates.
Shinichi Suzuki dies on January 26, 1998 after hundreds of thousands of children have learned to play the violin or other instruments through his method.