Brendan Conroy is an Australian cellist based in the Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Lucia Swarts and completed his fifth level of Suzuki Training with Ruben Rivera and Chantal Latil in France. As a cellist he has performed in concerts in five continents with a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Sydney Symphony, the Tasmanian Symphony, the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra and the Diemen Quartet. He has held teaching positions at schools and music schools in Australia and the Netherlands, and he has conducted many different youth
orchestras. Invitations to teach at workshops have come from countries as far afield as China, Australia, Denmark, France, Spain, the UK and Lithuania. Brendan currently has an active Suzuki studio in Amsterdam, and teaches online students in the UK, Australia and the USA.
Ellen Martin studied then worked in Birmingham for many years before relocating back to the West coast of Scotland. During her time in Birmingham, she completed post graduate studies on baroque cello and built up a rich and varied teaching resume. This included a Suzuki cello teaching post at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department.
She has a successful Suzuki cello practice and teaches for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland at Dumfries House. Ellen has also presented at conferences and training days on her work with her whole class string ensembles which were winners of the recent excellence in Primary/Early Years Award at the Music and Drama Education Awards in London.
Lucía is a Spanish cello teacher based in Madrid.
She studied with Marina Kolesnikova and Viguen Sarkissov. She also received masterclasses from Asier Polo, Amit Peled, Mikael Samsonov, Álvaro Huertas, Natalia Shakoskaya, Miguel Jiménez, Paulo Gao Lima, Kennedy Moretti, Imre Rohmann, Marta Gulya, Vera Martinez Menher, among others.
Her passion for pedagogy and love for constant learning led her to start the Suzuki Method training by the end of 2014, and completing level 5 in 2020. Her teachers Arantza López y Euàlia Subirà have become her teaching models to look up to. During these years of training, she has also been fortunate to learn from Carey Beth Hockett, Anja Maja, Chantal Latil, Tessa Oakley, and Ruben Rivera.
She is a passionate and engaged teacher to many students of several Suzuki schools in Madrid. Joy and connection are two of her favorite tools for a successful and happy learning process.
Anna is a MA graduate of the K. Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where she studied piano performance with Prof. Joanna Domanska.
Anna has taken part in many competitions, winning the first prize at the International Competition for 20th Century Music in Wroclaw, Poland. She has recorded for the Polish and Austrian radio and performed in Europe and the USA.
Anna discovered the Suzuki method when her son was a toddler and was immediately drawn to this way of training and the wonderful philosophy. She runs a big teaching studio in Bristol/UK and has successfully introduced the Suzuki method to two local schools. She lives in Bristol with her husband Mat, son Alexander and three black cats.
I studied originally at the RCM where I met Helen Brunner who later became my daughter’s violin teacher. This was my first introduction to Suzuki method and the start of my own journey. After training with Anne Turner, who was then the Director of Suzuki piano teacher training in the UK, I went in 1986, to Matsumoto, in Japan, for three months study, observing Sensei Kataoka and Dr Suzuki himself. This was an enormous privilege and an invaluable experience. I have been teaching children ever since and have also been very much involved with teacher training. I have examined teachers in many European countries and have taught in numerous workshops both at home and abroad. As many people have said before me, Suzuki changed my life and also enriched it immeasurably.
Graham has had a longstanding commitment to music education and its developmental role in the maturing individual. He has been teaching Suzuki piano for over thirteen years and trained with the British Suzuki Institute. Having recently moved from London to Kent Graham has a thriving online teaching practice and has taught extensively on workshops in the UK and Europe. Graham was a member of Pianocircus for five years (a six piano contemporary music ensemble) and he has also worked for many years with The Irene Taylor Trust, Create (Arts) Ltd and Lost Chord as a workshop leader.
This involved facilitating music making and composition with inmates in prisons, people with dementia, and others whose lives are challenging or compromised in some way. In 2015 and 2016 Graham won second and first prize respectively, in the EPTA (UK) composition competition and in 2012 Graham was one of two UK finalists in the Open Piano Competition.
Jenny has a thriving teaching practice, with many of her pupils progressing to the junior departments of the London music colleges.
She also runs an independent ESA piano teacher training course in Cambridge, currently online on Sunday afternoons, attended by trainees and observers from all over the world. She has contributed to courses in Iceland, Norway, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as the UK.
Her book, Successful Practising: A handbook for pupils, parents and music teachers, continues to be in demand internationally. Many of her video tutorials on piano repertoire books 1 to 4 on YouTube have been viewed by tens of thousands of pianists across the world. She has written extensively about music education with regular articles appearing in Music Teacher, Piano Professional, International Piano, and elsewhere. These, as well as her audio recordings of Suzuki repertoire, are all freely available on her website: www.jennymacmillan.co.uk.
Mary McCarthy is an internationally renowned performer, mentor and teacher. Her music is based on her heritage of Irish traditional music but she is a true musical explorer who has been involved in many international projects and given recitals all over the world – in Sri Lanka, Norway, Spain, the Caribbean, the USA, Peru and Brazil as well as in the UK and in Ireland. She performs regularly (piano and accordion) with the saxophonist Richard Ingham and has issued six CDs. Mary is one of the world’s leading Suzuki method experts and has studied directly with Dr Shinichi Suzuki, whose teaching methods continue to revolutionise music education. His philosophy and technique have opened up music learning to pupils of all ranges of ability. Mary McCarthy, with her inclusiveness and personal warmth, is the ideal proponent of this form of teaching. She has been Principal Piano Tutor, BA in Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Glasgow, since its inception in 1996 and is Director of National Suzuki Piano Teacher Training Courses in no less than four countries: Ireland, Scotland, Latvia and Spain.
She is a Piano Teacher with nearly 30 years of experience. Graduated from the Frederic Chopin Music University in Warsaw as Master of Music – Piano soloist and from Institute of Music Pedagogy in Warsaw. Has her own wide experience as a teacher in different State Music and High Music Schools in Warsaw, Poland. She was the soloist and chamber music performer of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. From 2003 Piano Teacher Trainer of Suzuki Method. Lecturer on numerous International Music Pedagogy Conferences, Piano Master Courses, Seminars and Piano Workshops in numerous countries in Europe and Asia. Her students have won around 180 prizes at numerous piano competitions and perform at well-known musical venues. She has been living in Tenerife since 2016 working with students and teachers, which helped her gain over 4 years of experience in this type of teaching.
Shih-Ching Wei-Prichard - Organising Committee
Shih-Ching is a London based Suzuki level 5 piano teacher. Since 2007, she has been running a successful piano studio in Southwest London. She has taught at the National Suzuki Workshops, Bryanston Summer School, Glasgow music workshops and Warsaw Snowdown Piano workshop.
Shih-Ching is an active member of the London Suzuki Group teacher committee. She has directed many of LSG’s annual piano concerts, Performance Platform concerts and Early Stages and Advanced Stages piano workshops.
Apart from Suzuki piano teaching, Shih-Ching also has Level 1 Suzuki Early Childhood Education and runs her own Mandarin melody group for young children.
Sue Bird is a Piano Teacher Trainer from Wales, founding Suzuki Cymru in 2005. She has studied with inspirational teachers such as Ryszard Bakst, Zbigniev Grzybowski, John Lill and Peter Katin. Performing and teaching at an International level throughout Europe, Sue has a wealth of experience to ignite passion in both her own playing and teaching, at every level from beginner to Advanced. She seeks to create a high energy, inspirational teaching space in which pupils will develop exciting and new connections with their repertoire and musicality. Sue is a BSMA Teacher Trainer/Instructor/Examiner, Director of Suzuki Piano Teacher Training Course UK (Wales) and Chairperson for European Suzuki Association.
Elspeth Robertson is a Recorder specialist who studied at The Royal College of Music for six years. Whilst there she gained a BMus (Hons) and a Masters degree (Distinction) specialising in Historical Performance on Recorders and baroque Oboe.
Aged ﬁfteen she won the title of 'Young Musician of the Year' in both Maidstone and Dover, The Marlow Concerto competition, The Harrow Concerto competition and came 2nd in the International Eidsteddfod competition. As a performer she has performed as both soloist and chamber musician across Europe, Australia, Russia and Japan. She has over 10 years teaching experience and is a level 5 Suzuki teacher since 2019. She was a member of internationally award winning Recorder quartet ‘Palisander’ who have a large focus on educational work, visiting schools across the country performing from memory on recorders from six foot to six inches. They’ve been described as ‘Early Music’s very own Spice Girls’.
Nancy Daly ARCM GRSM
ESA Recorder Teacher Trainer
Nancy Daly graduated in Recorder from the Royal College of Music, London in 1973 and since then her teaching career has centred around her desire to see the Recorder firmly re-established as a ‘serious’ instrument and to destroy the popular misconception of it as only a children’s classroom instrument.
Over the last 40 years she has tutored individuals, consorts and chamber groups of all ages and abilities, both under her own auspices and at leading colleges, schools and music services in England. Her interest in the Suzuki approach started as a Suzuki parent, and when the Recorder Suzuki Method was published, she realised that it answered the problems of teaching very young children in a completely original way. She started her Suzuki training with Katherine White in the USA in 2000 and completed it with the ESA in 2011. She established the BSI Recorder Teacher Training Course, the first in Europe, becoming a fully qualified Teacher Trainer in 2014.
Cate Howard - Violin
Cate Howard undergraduate studies at the New School of Music, Philadelphia, completing her degree program at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, LMus Violin Performance and Pedagogy; LMus Performance Diploma Trinity College, London. Graduate studies with Jascha Brodsky in Philadelphia, and Igor Ozim in Cologne Germany. SAA registered violin teacher levels 1-10, 15 supplementary trainings. Specialising in violin and viola, Cate has been an active orchestral and chamber music performer, teacher and Suzuki clinician in South Africa, US, Germany, Tanzania, and Scotland. Director of the String Arts School of Concord for 17 years; faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston 2001-2012. In November 2008 Cate published her first book How the Violin Plays the Violinist. 2010 recipient of the Massachusetts American String Teachers Association “studio teacher of the year”. Currently director of Galloway Violin Studio in southwestern Scotland; violin/viola teaching staff at Wellington School, Ayr; Specialist External Assessor RCS Glasgow.
Charlotte Clemson - Violin
Charlotte began learning the violin at the age of three with her mother, Heather Clemson, who trained with Dr Suzuki in Japan. Whilst growing up, she enjoyed playing in string quartets, ensembles, and in orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. After studying Music at Oxford University, Charlotte became a qualified Level 5 ESA Suzuki Teacher. In addition to her work with her own students in south west London, she teaches as part of the Dulwich Suzuki Group, the Lauderdale Suzuki Group, and on a number of Suzuki residential courses and workshops.
Alongside teaching, Charlotte has gained experience in the world of arts management, and has worked for the London Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.
Clare Raybould - Violin & Organising Committee
BMUS(HONS) RAM, LRAM, ESA LEVEL 5
Clare studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music and has been teaching the violin for over 20 years. After being introduced to the Suzuki method in 2007 she began training, completing Level 5 in 2012. Clare has taught for a number of London schools including Thomas' London Day Schools where she was Head of Strings and Hill House International Junior School. International Suzuki teaching includes Bryanston International Summer School and Cellofest International Summer School. As a freelance violinist, Clare has performed with numerous orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia and Northern Sinfonia. She also works with string quartets and on pop, film and TV sessions.
Elaine Wilson - Violin, Viola, SECE & Organising Committee
Originally from Cork, Ireland, Elaine Wilson started her Suzuki violin journey at the age of 4 with Patricia Kelleher. She continued her violin studies and obtained a BMus 1st-Hons in 2007 from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She obtained her BSI Level 1-4 Suzuki qualifications under the tutelage of Mysie Ferguson before completing her Level 5 ESA Diploma at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, under Veerle Van Gorp, Wilfred Van Gorp, Wim Meuris and Koen Rens.
Since 2017 Elaine has continued to train and qualify in Suzuki Viola and Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE). She is the Scottish Regional Convenor for British Suzuki. Elaine has performed with professional orchestras across the UK and Ireland including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Elaine maintains a private Suzuki studio in both Glasgow and Edinburgh and runs a series of online group classes with students from Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Italy and France. She co-founded and now directs the Glasgow Suzuki Workshop which is in its eighth year and incorporates Violin, Viola, Piano, and Chamber Music.
Hannah Biss - Violin & Viola
Hannah Biss is a Suzuki Violin and Viola teacher based in Barnet, North London. She studied at Goldsmith’s College, University of London followed by a 2 Year Postgraduate teaching and performing course at the Royal Northern College of Music, followed by the invaluable Suzuki Teacher training course.
Having performed extensively in Europe and America for the years straight out of college, it was inevitable that teaching would be the main focus and love in Hannah’s career and she is now sought after to teach at Suzuki workshops and to conduct orchestras. During term time she balances private Suzuki teaching at home with teaching Chamber Music, Orchestras, Violin and Viola in a number of North London Schools. She is currently Chair of the British Suzuki Institute Trustees.
Heather Clemson - Violin
Heather studied Viola and French Horn at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship and following a year`s teaching qualification got a job in Birmingham where she taught Suzuki Method in city schools for many years. After completing the Suzuki teacher training course she was awarded a scholarship and travelled to Japan to study with Dr Suzuki for three months, which was a fabulous experience. Back in Birmingham she taught in schools for many years - becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher and then Head of Ensembles. Following this she was then fortunate enough to become Deputy Head of the Music Service, whilst there she encouraged many people to train to be Suzuki teachers. Heather has been a Teacher Trainer for a number of years and directs the BSMA Violin Teacher Training course in the Midlands and travels widely in the UK and Europe to teach, lecture, examine and to run courses and workshops. She also teaches pupils at home and loves every aspect of being a Suzuki teacher and teacher trainer and hopes she can pass on the happiness and pleasure that music and teaching gives her every day.
Jan Matthiesen - Violin
Jan Matthiesen grew up as a Suzuki™ student and as the son of a Suzuki™ teacher he visited most of the convention in Europe as a child. He started very early his teaching career and has a lot of experience as a workshop teacher and teacher trainer from many different countries. He has 4 children, so he has had to develop a lot of ideas for practicing and teaching.
Juan Drown - Violin, Viola & Organising Committee
Juan Drown studied at Cambridge University, and completed his training at the Moscow Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music in London. Juan gives regular viola recitals and chamber music concerts in the London area, and has
performed as soloist and chamber musician across the UK, in France, Romania, Spain, and in his homeland, the Isle of Man. Juan is a fully qualified Suzuki teacher on both violin and viola. He heads the renowned St Albans Suzuki Group, and is in high demand as a violin/viola tutor and as a conductor in major workshops across Britain and Europe. He is Lead Teacher for Strings in West Hertfordshire, UK.
Keri Cassidy Taylor MISM - Violin, SECE & Organising Committee
I am a Suzuki Early Childhood Educator, Suzuki Violin Teacher and Director of Suzuki Method Northern Ireland. Suzuki trained from the age of 3, I feel very fortunate to have been in the first group of Suzuki children to be trained in Northern Ireland by Brigid Walton. After graduating with BMus (Hons) from the University of Ulster, I starting travelling to London for the BSMA Violin Teacher Training course. After achieving Level Five, I was excited to learn of the introduction of Suzuki ECE Teacher Training in Switzerland. Currently a Level 4 ESA SECE Teacher, I have also travelled annually to Canada for training and have attained SAA SECE Stage 5. I thoroughly enjoy travelling to Suzuki courses worldwide- from Japan, Australia, Canada and extensively throughout Europe. I look forward to meeting you all very soon!
Kimberley Wong - Violin
Kimberley grew up as a Suzuki student, learning with Helen Butterworth and Miriam Morley. She was awarded the Olive Zorian scholarship at the Royal Northern College of Music, and whilst studying performance there started her Suzuki Teacher Training. Kimberley is a Level 5 Suzuki teacher and is also trained in Music Mind Games teaching. She enjoys teaching at her home studio in South London with the flourishing Wallington Suzuki Group, and also at national and
international Suzuki workshops.
Louisa Stuber - Violin
Louisa Stuber was born in London, and began learning the violin at the age of three with Felicity Lipman. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Hons) in music, she gained her ESA level 5 teaching diploma in 2008. As a student she was fortunate to receive coaching from Benjamin Zander, Ludwig Müller, and the Spiegel and Ysaÿe Quartets. She has enjoyed performing as part of various chamber ensembles, giving concerts in Spain, London and the south-east. Louisa has been Director and co-founder of the Little Venice Suzuki Group since 2007, and runs a busy private teaching practice in central north-west London. She is a member of the London Suzuki Group Teachers’ Committee, and was Chair from 2012-2014. She is regularly invited to teach at the LSG International Summer School at Bryanston and the BSMA National Children's Workshop. She has also taught at Suzuki workshops in Spain, Scotland, Staffordshire, and in London.
Margaret Parkin - Course Director
Canada native Margaret Parkin began her musical studies as a Suzuki violin student with Richard Lawrence at the age of 4. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Queen's University (Canada) and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from McGill University where she studied under the direction of Iwan Edwards. She is a graduate of the British Suzuki Music Association and a ESA Violin Teacher Trainer.
Margaret is the director of the Oxford Suzuki String Group where she maintains a private studio of violin and viola students. She has previously served as director of the Exeter Suzuki String Group, as a member of faculty at the Suzuki String School of Guelph and director of the Guelph Youth Music Centre String Orchestras. She is a regular guest clinician and conductor at workshops and institutes in Canada, the UK and Europe. Her most rewarding and challenging role is that of Suzuki parent to her inquisitive 12 year old son.
Mona Kodama - Organising Committee
Mona Kodama graduated from the Kunitachi Music High School in Tokyo, and the Guildhall School of Music in London. She has studied with Akiko Suwa in Japan, Yfrah Neaman and Mark Knight in London, and Joey Corpus in New York.
Mona is a Suzuki Teacher Trainer with a thriving teaching practice in North London. She is a regular tutor at major workshops in Britain and Europe, and teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Mona is violinist of the Marmara Piano trio and of Inseime Ensemble, and co-leads the Keld Ensemble in London. She has given concerto performances with several British orchestras, and frequently performs as soloist and chamber musician in Japan and in many other European countries.
Mysie Ferguson DRSAM ; Dip ESA - Violin & Viola
Mysie has been a Teacher Trainer of violin and viola for over 20 years and is director of Suzuki Teacher Training courses in Scotland and Spain.
A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she played professionally for many years with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra touring to Hong Kong; France ; Germany ; Poland and to the USA and taking part in numerous radio and TV broadcasts.
Mysie worked for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland as teacher, string tutor, audition panellist and orchestral director and was also Head of Music at the prestigious Edinburgh Academy for many years.
She is highly experienced in teaching children, adults and working with parents. She is in demand as a workshop teacher and examiner and was a guest teacher at the 14th World Suzuki Convention in Matsumoto Japan in 2013.
Selina Hamilton - Violin
I grew up in London and had many wonderful musical opportunities at school and with Redbridge Youth Orchestra. I
studied music at Exeter University and became a violin teacher in Devon. I played in Dartington Summer School Festival orchestra and in many local orchestras and chamber groups. However, I gave up this easy life and moved to Azerbaijan for two years in 1997. I found a violin teacher at Baku Conservatoire and had some inspiring lessons, even though we did not speak the same language. On return to the UK I had some children of my own and became a violin teacher
again. Looking for inspiration, I decided to train as a Suzuki teacher. I enrolled on the Midlands course, and completed my training last year. I live in Herefordshire, and I teach here, in Wales, and for the Young Strings Project at Royal Birmingham Junior Conservatoire.
Sheena Jardine - Violin
Sheena Jardine was born in Stirling and studied violin at the RSAMD (now RCS) in Glasgow with Warren Jacobs and Angus Ramsay. After leading the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, she freelanced with Scottish Opera, BBC SSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Ballet for several years. She then took some time out and worked as a computer programmer, but eventually returned to music and studied the Suzuki Method over several years. Now based in Edinburgh, she teaches violin at George Watson's College, The Edinburgh Academy and the Edinburgh Steiner school and also has a private studio. Teaching regularly at the Edinburgh Suzuki workshop, she has also studied recently with Ed Kreitman in America, and she still performs in normal times around Central Scotland, giving recitals and playing with various groups, ensembles and orchestras.
Vaida Farid - Violin
Vaida Farid began playing the violin at the age of six at Kaunas Naujalis Music Gymnasium. She graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, focusing on performance and chamber ensemble music. Vaida has a varied career in both performing and teaching fields; she has performed internationally in Italy, Germany, Belgium, and Russia with a variety of orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Vaida has participated in masterclasses with tutors such as Petru Munteanu and Galina Turcaninova, who taught Maxim Vengerov. She has also worked for the Lithuanian Opera House as a violinist for three years.
In 2014, Vaida moved to London where she has continued teaching and performing. In 2018, she achieved level 5 Senior Teacher status at the British Suzuki Institute with Felicity Lipman. Now she is currently teaching violin at London Music Masters and Southbank International School as well as performing with chamber music ensembles.
Helen Styles - Choir & Violin
Helen is a qualified Suzuki violin and viola teacher and is the director of Singing Strings Workshop. She is in demand as a choral conductor and is the musical director of four choirs, all of whom have continued to meet online and record pieces during the Covid-19 pandemic. In March 2020, when schools went online, Helen and her children started “Sing a Song a Day” a daily live singing session which received a special commendation from the Royal Philharmonic Society for their Inspiration Award.
Laura Nerenberg - Improvisation
Montreal native Laura Nerenberg began violin studies at age 3. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and a Master of Music degree from the Hartt School in Connecticut (USA). Laura completed Suzuki Pedagogy training with Teri Einfeldt at the Hartt School. Her violin teachers were John Gomez, Mitchell Stern and Katie Lansdale.
Laura is the director of Rideau Falls Violins, a Suzuki and Creative Ability Development (CAD/Improvisation) program in Ottawa, Canada. She has been a Suzuki teacher since 1997 and a CAD (improvisation) teacher since 2003. Equally at ease with beginning and advanced students, Laura is sought after as a guest clinician at several Suzuki institutes and workshops from British Columbia to Newfoundland and New England to Africa. She was thrilled to return to Canada’s Yukon territory to adjudicate and give workshops in 2014 and 2017.
Laura is an active performer, playing music of all kinds, from early Baroque to jazz. She is also the proud Suzuki parent to a creative and energetic fifth-grader. Laura has been, since 2012, a board member of the Suzuki Association of Ontario.
Since 2015, Laura has been a teacher-trainer of Creative Ability Development or Improvisation and has offered trainings to teachers all over the world via the wonder of the internet.
In the words of one former violin and improvisation student: "Learning to improvise on my instrument has been one of the most significant skills I have gained as a musician. It has allowed me to feel comfortable connecting with others through spontaneous music making from a young age. This comfort allows me to participate in unfamiliar musical settings with ease, which has opened some very cool doors. It has become the most gratifying outlet for me individually; throughout university especially I would often turn to improvising on my violin when I felt stressed. As a music therapist I understand this as a personal resource for my own mental health, and one that I can share with my clients to help them develop their own."
Dan Swana - Jazz Improvisation