Anke van der Bijl : Suzuki Flute teacher trainer, lecturer and performer

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Photo : Anke van der Bijl

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Photo : Anke and Mr.Takahashi in Japan


Anke is graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory. She continued her flute studies with Abby de Quant and attended masterclasses with Peter Lukas Graf, Geoffrey Gilbert, Wissam Boustany and Andras Adorjan. She also studied arranging and conducting with Henk Alkema. Anke has always had a passion for teaching. Seeing Suzuki pupils and hearing their amazing playing she decided to study more about Suzuki method. She completed her Suzuki Flute studies at the British Suzuki Institute in London with a practicum at the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Aspen, USA and a Post Graduate with Toshio Takahashi at theTalent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan.
In Switzerland and Italy she took courses in Suzuki Early Childhood Education (level 1, 2 and 3 with Dorothy Jones) and Children's Music Lab. Anke was co founder of her home town children's orchestra and conducted this group for more then 10 years. Since 1987 she teaches at her own Suzuki Flute school in Gouda, the Netherlands.
Since her appointment as ESA Suzuki Flute teacher trainer /examinator in 2001, Anke lectures for music teachers in various European countries and has conducted Suzuki Flute teacher training courses in the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Russia, Spain and New Zealand. She has been ESA Suzuki Flute Instrumental Director since 2003 and currently is Chair of the European Suzuki Association. In 2013 she was elected Chair of the International Flute Committee of ISA (International Suzuki Association) and in 2014 she was appointed as ISA approved teacher trainer for ARSO (Asia Region Suzuki Association)
Anke is much in demand ast lecturer and guest teacher for International Suzuki workshops. She had the honor to be invited as faculty member at several national BSI/BSMA workshops at he Royal College of Music. In 2016 and 2023 she led the Suzuki flute groups during their Gala concert in the Royal Albert Hall. In 2024 she organized a workshop for all ESA flute teachers in Aarhus.
As flautist, she performs with pianist Aad van der Velde and wind quintet "de Eenhoorn"
Anke also enjoys art, literature and cats !

Machteld van Geenhoven : Flutist & Suzuki Flute teacher trainer


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Photo : Machteld van Geenhoven


Machteld Van Geenhoven graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 1988. Since then she has been teaching flute, piccolo and chamber music at the Municipal Academy of Music, Word & Dance Herentals. In 1997, her 4-year-old daughter started taking viola lessons according to the mother tongue method at Kortjakje. The interest in this method for flute grew and in 2008 she became the first Belgian flutist to obtain the final diploma as Suzuki Flute Teacher, according to the guidelines of European Suzuki Association. She founded a music studio in Herentals, Flautino, where children from 4 to 8 years old are welcome to take flute lessons according to this methodology. Later they continue with their flute lessons at the academy. Through her pedagogical drive, many of her students succeeded in auditions for a soloist spot in youth orchestras at home and abroad and won prizes at (inter)national music competitions.
Machteld is founder and president of Suzuki Fluit Vlaanderen vzw and Board member of Talent Education Suzuki Institute Belgium vzw. She is regularly invited as a guest teacher at Suzuki workshops throughout Europe. In fall 2023 she was appointed by the ESA as Flute Teacher Trainer.
Together with Linda Pellaers (accordion) she forms the duo Colores and performs regularly with a varied program.
Where Love is deep much can be accomplished
Shinichi Suzuki

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