2020 SAO Conference

Welcome to the 2020 Suzuki Association of Ontario Conference! 

“The Suzuki movement in a changing environment: globally and locally”

Kingston, Ontario, Nov 14 (Student Day) & Nov 15 (Teacher Day)

The conference team is hard at work preparing an exciting weekend of Saturday group classes and activities for children followed by a day of inspiration with keynote speaker Martin Rueittmann and our ON colleagues on Sunday the 15th, 2020 Teacher’s Day.

Sherry Boyd, Jodie Compeau, Venetia Gauthier, Karen-Michele Kimmett, Deb McFarlane, Julia McFarlane

SAO Conference 2020 Coordinating Committee

2020 Keynote Speaker
Martin Rüttimann, 2020 Keynote Speaker

Martin Rüttimann was born into a musical family where both parents were Suzuki teachers and founded one of the first Suzuki school in Switzerland. He studied the violin with Andras Santora and later with Detlef Hahn (London, Oslo), master classes with Alexandre Dubach, Franco Gulli, Prof. Spiller and Koji Toyoda.

 In 2008 he became an ESA Suzuki teacher trainer and was appointed a teacher trainer for the ARSO in 2014. Frequently asked as a guest teacher and examiner, he has taught at workshops all over Europe as well as around Asia, South Africa and New Zealand. He was a faculty member of the 16thWorld Convention 2013, held in Matsumoto and in the Asian Suzuki Conferences 2014 in Taipei and 2016 in Bali and 2018 in Manila. 

Together with a team he organized the 10th European Suzuki Convention in Davos where more than 700 children from Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada and the U.S. were gathered together.

 Martin has taught at the Suzuki school located in Lucerne and Zurich for more than twenty years.

Since 2005 he is the president of the Swiss Suzuki Institute. In 2011 he was elected Chairman of the ESA (European Suzuki Association), is a trustee of the European Suzuki Teaching Development Trust (ESTDT) and represents the ESA in the board of the International Suzuki Association (ISA), to which he served as chair from 2017-2019