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.

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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