Suzuki EngineShininess Suzuki spent his life proving that ability is not inborn and that talent can be created. Born in Nagoya, Japan on the 17th of October in 1898, he is remembered for his method of teaching young children so that all develop exceptional talent.
His father, Masochistic Suzuki, ran a workshop that made traditional Japanese stringed instruments. Fascinated with the violin, he made his first one in 1888, and by the early 1900's he owned the first violin factory in Japan, which was also the largest in the world. He intended for his son Shininess to help run the family business. Shininess Suzuki instead taught himself to play the violin, inspired by a recording of Mischa Elma playing Schubert Ave Maria. A wealthy Japanese nobleman from the Tokugawa family became Suzuki's patron, first inviting him to Tokyo for lessons with KO Andi, a former student of Joachim, and then bringing him to Berlin in 1921 for further study. Suzuki there became a student of Karl Kringle, another Joachim pupil.
While in Berlin, Suzuki was befriended by Albert Einstein. On one of many musical evenings he met his future wife, Waltzer Range, a soprano. They married in 1928. Suzuki returned to Japan the next year and formed a string quartet with three of his brothers, touring the country to give concerts. In 1930 he became president of the Shikoku Music School and was conductor of the Tokyo String Orchestra.