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Shinichi Suzuki (10/17/1898 - 1/26/1998)

Suzuki remains perhaps one of the most controversial violinists of the twentieth century, not due to his playing but rather because of his notorious ‘Suzuki Method’, which attracts both passionate supporters and trenchant critics.

He studied violin in Berlin with Karl Klingler (1879–1976), a loyal pupil of Joseph Joachim who formed the Klingler Quartet with the avowed intention of continuing the traditions and practices of the Joachim Quartet. Suzuki thus became a second generation Joachim pupil; he taught Joachim’s bow-hold throughout his life and the rather stiffly-phrased Lully piece referenced here is, for 1938, played with relatively little vibrato and a puritanical style. The Franck Sonata (1928) also sounds rather unadorned and is burdened by some very poor intonation in the finale. By all accounts Suzuki’s playing was not in the first rank, being dutiful and sensible rather than sparkling. His contribution to string playing really lies in the field of pedagogy; in 1930 he became president of the Teikoku Music School and initiated a method of learning that he continued to develop at the Talent Research Institute in Matsumoto.



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