The new face of Suzuki is open to questionmain
The press release (below), announcing Hilary Hahn as Suzuki brand leader, makes it sound like business as usual but two troubling questions spring to mind:
Why would a hand-reared artist like Hilary lend her imprimatur to a mass-teaching movement like Suzuki?
Why was it necessary to cover up the fact that Hilary has been pressed into Suzuki service to replace the long-serving recordings by former Cleveland concertmaster William Preucil, who has been erased from the record by #Metoo allegations?
The International Suzuki Association, in conjunction with Alfred Music, is pleased to announce the highly
anticipated recordings of the Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 1–3 by internationally renowned violinist,
Hilary Hahn in collaboration with pianist Natalie Zhu. The new recordings will be available spring 2020.
The ISA Violin Committee is grateful to Hilary for her exacting standards during the recording sessions.
She brought tremendous energy, artistry, and dedication to bear in all aspects of this recording. Hilary
expressed many times to the Committee her delight in revisiting these pieces from her childhood, and the
opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the world-wide Suzuki community. These are recordings that
students, parents, and teachers will enjoy listening to for years to come.
Ms. Hahn said, “I was delighted to be asked to record Suzuki violin Books, 1–3. During the sessions, I
thought about the current and future students, their parents and teachers who would hear these
recordings. I’m moved to be part of their experiences with the violin. These pieces were played with love
and care, and I hope Suzuki violinists will enjoy listening to this music every day.”