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.

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Paivi Kukkamaki

Dr.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. She studied Suzuki-method in Japan Matsumoto Talent Education Institute 1986. Kukkamäki has a Doctor of Music Degree from Sibelius University 2003 and the highest degree in singing 1988. She is a chairperson of ISA and ESA Suzuki Voice Committee and a registered Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer of ESA and SAA. Her teachers have been opera singers Jorma Hynninen, Raili Kostia, Birgit Nilsson.

Dr. Kukkamäki has given lectures, workshops, teacher training in 16 countries (Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin-America, USA), participated in 48 Conventions/workshops and trained Suzuki Voice Teachers from 22 countries. Her first SAA conference was in 1990. Kukkamäki has directed 10 opera/musical productions. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary medal of a Knight of the Order of The White Rose of Finland.

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