Suzuki Alumni Project: Suzuki Kids as Pros

A Celebration of the Suzuki Method

Professional musicians from around the world want to share the pride of their roots through The Suzuki Alumni Project.

The project is the brainchild of siblings Yumi and Nick Kendall. Their grandfather, John Kendall, was a pioneer of The Suzuki Method in the United States.

Nick Kendall said that his sister, Yumi, and he “realized there are so many people out there who want to rejoice over this common bond… It all has to do with how powerful the method was in shaping who we are today.”

Yumi Kendall, a cellist, says they celebrate The Method’s influence on their lives. They credit the philosophy and teaching approaches offered by Shinichi Suzuki for establishing in them the foundations of discipline and joy in music-making and, for many, in other pursuits as well.

“Now, as a world- wide family, our shared experiences inspire us to celebrate the global reach and personal influence of Suzuki education through dedicated performances by its alumni.”

Featured Alumni

Just a few examples of those who started early:

Michi Wiancko started lessons at age three.

Dara Morales was a Suzuki violin student of Carolyn Moyer in Lancaster, PA for eight years. She spent many summers as a child at the Ithaca Summer Suzuki Institute.

Nathan Cole reports, “When I was four years old, my mom took me to a class called Suzuki, where about ten of us got “violins”! That’s in quotes because they weren’t really violins. They were boxes of Cracker Jack wrapped in brown paper!”

Burchard Tang, a native of Maryland began his musical studies on violin at the age of 3. He started with the Suzuki method at Peabody Prep in Baltimore with Lucille Rouse.

Wendy Warner began studying piano at the age of four and began studying the cello at age six, under the tutelage of Nell Novak.

Timothy Chooi began his studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music at age 3.


The Dryden Quartet at Potter’s in DC area -past performance
Jupiter String Quartet in Chicago -past performance
Jasper String Quartet with Yumi Kendall in Philadelphia -past performance
Claremont Trio in Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, New York City, January 29, 2017

Our Student with Nick Kendall

Suzuki Violinists

One of our students was selected to play with other students at Potters. On October 9,  he was with Nick Kendall of the Dryden Quartet. The group appeared for the dedication of the John Kendall Concert Hall at Potters. What a fun afternoon for the students.

Nick and Yumi Kendall share their story.

Further reading: Professional Musicians Celebrate Their Squeaky Suzuki Origins

“In 1959, I began the adventure that undoubtedly changed the course of my life…” John Kendall said about his experience in Japan.

Other posts you may be interested in:

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suzuki!

Who Was John Kendall?

Take Care of Your Violin This Winter