The distinguished Japanese violinist Takako Nishizaki is one of the most-recorded violinists in the world. Her husband, Klaus Heymann, founded the Naxos label, an independent classical label which has come to dominate a huge share of the admittedly small market that is classical music.
Nishizaki also bears another distinction. She was one of the very first students of the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method of music education. Her father, Shinji Nishizaki worked very closely with Dr. Suzuki as the method was being created. At the age of 9, Dr. Suzuki gave Takako Nishizaki her diploma as a Suzuki method teacher. My siblings who played string instruments all studied from the Suzuki method books. So, if you have a special affinity for the music in the Suzuki books, but would prefer not to hear it played by children still working on their intonation, Naxos has the release for you! In seven volumes, Takako Nishizaki has recorded the entire Suzuki violin canon, if you will, including Suzuki’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” variations.
I saw this on sale at Seoul’s Kyobo Bookstore. For some reason, my sister Kimberly immediately came to mind.