New Suzuki Violin School Vol. 4-6 Recordings Feature Violinist Augustin Hadelich

February 18, 2022, 9:46 PM · The International Suzuki Association and Alfred Music announced on Friday that internationally renowned violinist Augustin Hadelich is featured in the new Suzuki Violin School recordings for Volumes 4–6, with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang,

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The recordings are expected to be available this spring on on CD and via digital download, as well as on the SmartMusic app.

"I felt it was quite a big responsibility, to record the version that so many kids would listen to as they’re working on the books!" Hadelich told me Friday.

Hadelich, a German-American violinist who makes his home in the U.S., has won a number of prestigious awards, including first place in the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis; the Warner Prize in 2015; and a 2016 Grammy for his recording of Dutilleux's Violin Concerto. He also was also Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year in 2018.

Hadelich started making educational videos during the pandemic, with 46 videos in an educational violin technique playlist called Ask Augustin.

Hadelich's recordings follow those made by violinist Hilary Hahn for Suzuki Violin School Volumes 1-3, with pianist Natalie Zhu.

The International Suzuki Music Association stated on its Facebook page that "The new recordings will replace all existing ones associated with the Suzuki Violin School International Editions, Volumes 4–6." The new recordings replace the longstanding recordings by violinist William Preucil Jr., who was fired in 2018 as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra after an investigation that found evidence of sexual misconduct. In the ensuing developments, Preucil, Jr. was removed as an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the International Suzuki Association and Alfred commissioned new recordings of the Suzuki Violin School books.

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