Suzuki Voice students in Matsumoto 1989

Suzuki Voice students first time in Matsumoto 1989. The youngest of our group was 4 months and the eldest 8 years old. I was expecting my first child. I remember how delighted the audience was when 1.5-year-old Christian sang on stage with others in canon the Volume 2 songs: “Alle Vögel” and “The Cuckoo and the Owl” and happily bowed at the end. It was a touching moment when Suzuki Voice students met Dr. and Mrs. Suzuki after the recital and they thanked even the smallest one.

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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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