Suzuki 1000Suzuki achieved much of what he did because of the support of his remarkable wife, Waltzer. She painstakingly prepared an English translation (from the Japanese) of his autobiography, Nurtured by Love, first published in 1969.
Suzuki's success was immediate and far-reaching. His first pupils, Toshiba Eto and Koji Toyoda, have achieved international renown. Many of today's soloists and members of the finest orchestras started their musical education as Suzuki students, as have a high proportion of students presently studying in music conservatories. Today there are over 8,000 trained Suzuki teachers and nearly a quarter of a million Suzuki pupils, worldwide.
Suzuki often spoke of nurturing the "life force," His was exemplary. He continued to be active as a teacher throughout the world until well into his nineties and died in his sleep at his home in Japan on the 26th of January in his 100th year. During his lifetime he received many honorary degrees, was also named a Living National Treasure by the Emperor of Japan, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.