Seventy-two-year-old violinist Hiroko Suzuki learned how to play violin from her uncle when she was three years old. What she didn't know then was that the very thing she learned from him was a globally acknowledged musical program, known as the "Suzuki method."
Suzuki's uncle Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) developed the educational practice in 1946 in the belief that "people are capable of learning anything if they are put in a right environment from their childhood just like how they naturally acquire their native language."
His idea that emphasized the importance of early childhood education in any area of specialization spread around the world.
In April this year, Hiroko Suzuki assumed the office of president of the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, an organization that promotes the Suzuki method. When she went to Matsumoto last month to attend a ceremony for the 115th anniversary of her uncle's birth, Hiroko promised in front of his grave that she would work to expand the fundamental belief of the method that "talent doesn't come as a birthright."