Bruce William Anderson was born on 1953 in Miami Beach, Florida. He holds a BA degree in music from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida and an MA degree in music education from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
From 1974 to 1977, he was both Instructor of Organ and Suzuki Program Director at Eckerd College. In 1977, he entered the teacher training program of the Talent Education Institute (Suzuki Method) in Matsumoto, Japan and received his Suzuki Piano Teaching Diploma from Dr. Suzuki in 1980. During those three and one-half years, he resided in Japan and studied the Suzuki Piano Method with its co-author Dr. Haruko Kataoka and the Suzuki Violin Method with Dr. Suzuki and Yuko Mori.
After returning to the United States, Ms. Anderson was the Instructor of Suzuki Piano at the University of South Florida and then at the University of Tampa. He also continued his study with Dr. Kataoka until her death in 2004. He currently maintains a large private studio in St. Pete Beach, Florida, teaching students as well as training teachers in the Suzuki Piano Method.
A highly sought-after clinician, Mr. Anderson has conducted countless seminars and workshops worldwide for students, teachers, and educational conferences. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Japanese, conducting classes in these three languages. Mr. Anderson describes his teaching as “the Suzuki Piano Method, the Kataoka Piano School, and the Bruce Anderson style”.
Prof. Carmencita Guanzon Arambulo graduated from Saint Paul College Manila (magna cum laude) major in piano and earned her master’s degree at New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Mass. USA, major in piano. While at NEC, she was selected Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Her most notable mentors include Sister Marie Vincent Llamzon (student of Alfred Cortot), and Miklos Schwalb (student of Ernst Dohnanyi).
For many decades, she has served as professor in piano, theory and pedagogy at University of the Philippines College of Music, Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and Philippine High School for the Arts. In 1968, she opened her private studio, the Greenhills Music Studio. In 1979, she received a grant from the USSR Ministry of Culture to observe specialized music schools all over the former Soviet Union.
In 1982, she met Dr. Shinichi Suzuki which paved the way to her bringing the Suzuki method to the Philippines. Inspired by the Suzuki movement, she established the Children’s Talent Education Center, a Suzuki-based pre-school, in 1982. Prof. Arambulo trained at the American Suzuki Institute at University of Wisconsin (Stevenspoint) under Dr. Haruko Kataoka, Lorraine Landefeld, and Yasuko Joichi. She observed Dr. Kataoka’s classes at TERI in Matsumoto from 1984-1988. In 1984, she was invited to give Suzuki workshops all over Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Yeppoon, Brisbane, Perth).
Aside from establishing the Philippine Suzuki Association in 1992, she was appointed Suzuki piano teacher trainer and examiner for Asia in 2002. To date, she has trained close to 300 teachers in the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, and China. In 2004, she was invited to be guest speaker at the New Zealand Suzuki Teachers’ Conference. She was also appointed member of the International Suzuki Piano Committee from 2009-2012. She has been active as guest faculty at Suzuki regional and world conferences from 2003 up to the present in Singapore, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, and Indonesia.
She currently serves as chair of the newly-formed Asia Region Suzuki Association. She has dedicated over fifty years as music educator, cultural administrator and socio-civic leader in the Philippines. Throughout her teaching career, she has produced numerous winners in music competitions, both locally and internationally. In 2017, she received the Nicanor Abelardo Centennial Award for Outstanding Music Educators from the University of the Philippines College of Music.
She has been fondly called “Mrs. A” by her students. She is married to lawyer/ CPA Augusto Cesar Arambulo and has five children and three grandchildren.
Gigi Gomez- Arambulo completed her units in Master’s in Piano Performance at the University of the Philippines College of Music under Prof. Nita Quinto. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree(cum laude) also from UP, under Prof. Avelina Manalo, her mentor since she began piano studies at age 7, through her high school years as a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts.
In 1998, Gigi received an 8-month Italian government grant to take up a specialization course in Piano Performance at the Accademia Internazionale delle Arti in Rome, Italy under Prof. Franco Medori. In 1995-96 she had the opportunity to be the orchestra pianist of the summer and winter sessions of Juenesses Musicales World Orchestra which performed in Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Germany, Poland and Denmark. She was reinvited to the next sessions in 1996-97 which had concerts in Switzerland, the Netherlands and again, Germany.
Gigi has attended several international Suzuki conferences: in Sydney, Chicago, Matsumoto,Taipei, Daejon, Singapore, Kota Kinabali, and Bali.
Stephen Cahyadi is the lead Suzuki Piano teacher in Indonesia. His Suzuki trainings have been completed under Prof. Carmencita Arambulo. As a piano teacher with more than 30 years’ teaching experience, he believes that Suzuki Method is the effective way for teaching beginner at a very young age, not only to develop the music skills but also the student’s character. For the past three years, he has been teaching children with special needs and strongly believes that every child can learn.
Carolyn Kleiner Cheng
Carolyn Kleiner Cheng holds a Bachelor of Music degree major in Piano from the University of the Philippines, summa cum laude, and a Master’s degree in Piano with distinction from the New England of Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, receiving training from Charito Abejuela Umali, Prof. Carmencita Arambulo, Prof. Reynaldo Reyes and pianist Veronica Jochum.
She was a prizewinner in the MSO Young Artists’ Competitions when she was only 16. The following year, she became the national Yamaha champion, going on to become Southeast Asian champion.
She has played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Manila Symphony Orchestra and Concert in the Park and has given solo recitals both in the Philippines and the U.S. A sought-after accompanist, she has accompanied numerous vocal artists, choral groups, young pianists, violinists and singers. She has also played organ and harpsichord as continuo for several productions of Handel’s Messiah.
Highly involved in music education, she is a licensed Dalcroze practitioner, and holds a Kodaly Certificate from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Carolyn received training in the Suzuki Method from Prof. Carmencita Arambulo and has been teaching the Suzuki way since the 1980’s at Greenhills Music Studio. She has had several prize winners in the yearly competitions of the Piano Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines. Her students Klyde Ledamo and Paolo Panagsagan tied for second place (no first place awarded) in the 2017 National Music Competition for Young Artists, Senior Category.
A long-time Chair of the Keyboard Department of the U.P. College of Music, she is presently teaching piano majors and minors, and theory to dance majors through the Dalcroze and Kodaly methods. Carolyn is also currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Music major in Music Performance at the Philippine Women’s University under the guidance of Dr. Abelardo Galang II.
Marzena Jasinska-Siudzinska – graduated from the F. Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. She studied piano with prof. J. Ekier and prof. A. Paleta-Bugaj. She also graduated from Institute of Music Pedagogy in Warsaw.
Between 1988 and 1991 she performed as a soloist and cameral player on Cameral Stage of the Warsaw National Philharmonic. She has been a piano teacher in a Music School “ZPSM nr 1” in Warsaw since 1993. Till 2017 she was managing the Piano Section there.
She conducted many piano mastercourses and workshops for teachers and students in Poland as well as abroad in such countries as Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Indonesia, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain.
She has been invited to give lectures and presentations about music education of children in many Musical Centres in Poland and abroad and at international pedagogy and Suzuki conferences e.g. in Warsaw, Poland (2007, 2012), Greenwich, Great Britain (2004), Davos, Switzerland (2015) and Bali, Indonesia (2016).
During last ten years, her students received about 150 prizes in many different national and international piano competitions. They also performed at venues such as Warsaw National Philharmonic, Lvov National Philharmonic, Conservatorio Profesional de Musica Pablo Sarasate, Pamplona, F. Chopin Music University in Warsaw, The Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Royal Castle in Warsaw and others.
In 2002 she was appointed as a European Suzuki Association Teacher Trainer and Examiner. Since that time she has trained over 100 piano teachers in the Suzuki Method in Poland and Estonia.
During 2011-2014 she was the Deputy of European Suzuki Association Piano Director. Since 2014 she is a member of European Suzuki Association Piano Committee.
She was three times awarded by The Centre of Artistic Education of Poland for her exceptional contribution towards the development of music education in Poland. She was awarded by Minister of Culture and also received a medal of the National Education Commission.
Zohara is a pianist, educator, speaker, Suzuki Teacher Trainer and a Soul Purpose Guide.
She resides on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, where she runs a Suzuki Talent Education program.
Zohara is an international tutor and speaker and gives Teacher Training Courses, Workshops, Master Classes and Lectures throughout the world (Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, USA, Kenya & Israel).
She has created the “Playing with the Body in Mind” method, which is a co-operation of natural movements of the human body and the ergonomics of the piano. It is a holistic and natural way of playing, that creates a healthy technique with which pianists enjoy playing with ease and naturalness. Zohara has adapted it to the whole Suzuki repertoire.
Zohara has specialized in Nurturing Parents as Partners in the learning process and offers Parent Education Courses & Seminars to parents and teachers worldwide.
She is frequently invited to speak, tutor and train in World Conventions, Conferences, Music Camps and associations. She also gives online courses and webinars to make the teaching available and accessible to people around the world.
Zohara believes in the potential of every child and the importance of developing this potential from an early age through music.
Her years of involvement in music, education, psychology and spirituality deepened her view of ‘Talent’ and the development of ability.
Another passion of hers is to help people find the unique gift they were born with, to share with the world. She guides them through the process of finding their soul purpose.
Zohara is dedicated to education in the real sense, using music as a vehicle to transcend languages and build bridges of understanding and mutual respect between people, cultures and nations.
When asked, “where is your home?” she replies, “wherever there are Suzuki people. The world is my oyster. I see myself as a modern day troubadour.”
Chui Ling Tan
Chui Ling Tan is the Lead Suzuki Piano teacher in Sabah, Malaysia. She received and completed Suzuki training under Professor Carmencita Arambulo. She accompanied and was an assistant to Professor Arambulo, giving Teachers Training in Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016.
She was invited as guest faculty for the Suzuki Piano Music Camp at the Greenhills Music School in Manila, Philippines last 2011 and 2012.
She is a member of the PSA and was a coordinator, involved in organizing the 4th Asia Region Suzuki Conference in Sabah, Malaysia.
She has also been organizing the Suzuki Music Camp and Concert in Sabah since 2012.