Suzuki Voice Students' 25th anniversary musical in Finland

A new musical by composer Kimmo Ruotsala “Snow White and Rose Red” has been specially composed to celebrate the 25th Anniversary for the Suzuki Voice Students. The premiere took place in November 2012 in Finland. In the production were 158 performers—the youngest ones were 4 months old!

Amelia Seyssel (USA) and Analia Capponi-Savolainen (Argentina / Finland) attended the production from SAA. The Suzuki Voice Program started in Finland in 1986.

Image by Paivi Kukkamaki

Paivi Kukkamaki

Päivi Kukkamäki is the founder of the Suzuki Voice Program, which she started 1986 in Finland with the support of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Waltraud Suzuki. Kukkamaki has a Doctor of Music Degree from Sibelius University 2003. She is a chairperson of the International Suzuki Voice Committee and a registered Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer of ESA, PPSA and SAA. She has graduated from Sibelius University with the highest degree in singing 1988. Her teachers have been opera singers Jorma Hynninen, Raili Kostiaa and Birgit Nilsson.

Dr. Kukkamaki has given lectures, workshops and teacher training in 15 countries (Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin-America and USA), participated in 41 international Conventions/workshops and trained Suzuki Voice Teachers from 20 countries. Kukkamaki has directed 10 opera or musical productions. Most recently in 2013 she was awarded an honorary medal of a Knight of the Order of The White Rose of Finland.

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