The website of the European Suzuki Teaching Development Trust

About The Trust

The Trust was set up in 1994 by individual members of the ESA to help musicians and teachers in Eastern Europe who wanted to become Suzuki teachers.  The Trust was registered as a Charity in July 2002.
More about the History of the Trust

The Objects
of the Trust are ‘to advance the education of the public, particularly children and young people, about all aspects of the teaching methods, philosophy and practices of Dr Shinichi Suzuki in Europe and elsewhere.’

Mission Statement: The Trust supports teacher training so that children can be offered high quality music teaching using the Suzuki approach, based on the principle that all children possess ability which can be developed through a nurturing environment.  

: In all the countries where teacher training programmes have been set up, the beneficiaries are not just the children and their families but also the many excellent young musicians who have trained as teachers.



Dr. Haukur F. Hannesson
(founding trustee since 1994)

Clare Santer (founding trustee since 1994)
Christine Magasiner (from 2005)
Martin Rüttimann (from 2011)
Juan Drown (from 2018)

Past Trustees
Henry Turner
(founding trustee since 1994 -2004)
​ Jean Middlemiss (from 2002.
​ retired 2016)