The Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute was founded in 1988 by the late Mr. Yoshihiko Hirata with the support and assistance of his wife, Mihoko Hirata. Mrs. Hirata taught at the institute for many years and continues to be actively involved through her board service and teaching studio.

1988 faculty, pictured above.

Front row, left to right: Bill Starr, Hachiro Hirose, Jackie Corina, Hiroko Primrose, Yasuko Eastman, Mihoko Hirata.
2nd row, left to right: Barbara Solowan (now Reilly), Sarah Hersh, Cathy Lee, Gaye Detzer, Yoshihiko Hirata, Sandra Payton.
3rd  row, left to right (cello teachers): Carla Lumsden, Barbara Balatero, Richard Aaron, Akira Nakajima.

The Institute brings together students from several countries to study with excellent teachers from Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Suzuki’s idea of a better world through Talent Education was born out of the destruction and devastation of World War II. At the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, we celebrate his legacy by providing positive experiences and a unique opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to come together and share musical ideas and musical skills.

2020 will mark the 30th year of Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute (there were two years without JSSI).