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Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki

The Founder of the Suzuki Voice Program

Dr. Kukkamäki is the founder of the Suzuki Voice Program, which she started 1986 in Vantaa Finland. She has a Doctor of Music Degree from Sibelius University and the highest degree in Vocal performance. Her teachers have been opera singers Jorma Hynninen, Raili Kostia and Birgit Nilsson. She studied Suzuki-method in Japan at Matsumoto Talent Education Institute in 1986. She knew Dr. Shinichi Suzuki for 12 years and Mrs. Waltraud Suzuki for 14 years. Dr. Kukkamäki formed the ISA Voice Committee in 2004. She is a registered Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer of the ESA since 1991. She was a SAA Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer in 2005-2018, a chairperson of the ISA Voice Committee between 2004-2018 and a chairperson of ESA Voice Committee until 2018. Dr Kukkamäki has given lectures, workshops and/or teacher training in 22 countries in Asia, in Australia, in Europe, in Latin-America and in the USA. She has directed 12 children’s Opera/Musical productions, 28 Concert/Conference tours with her Suzuki Voice students. Nowadays there are trained Suzuki Voice Teachers in 25 countries. Dr Päivi Kukkamäki was awarded an honorary medal of a Knight of the Order of The White Rose of Finland in 2013. Suzuki Voice Program celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2021.


Her doctoral work at university was "Growing Through Singing". The Suzuki Voice Program enables a student to start listening to songs during pregnancy and continue singing until adulthood. The International Suzuki Association has approved Suzuki Voice Program (early called Suzuki Singing and Singing in the Suzuki Style). Since the age of three, Kukkamäki sang for nine years in Finnish Television Children's Programs. She is the mother of three boys and one girl. Her daughter is an opera singer in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Kukkamäki received the Vantaa Award in 2003 for her work promoting children's culture and  the Vantaa Art scholarship 1990, 1993 and 2007. Her group received the Finnish Cultural Foundation scholarship in 2005, 2007 and 2012. She also received Pro Musica -medal in 1978. The new Finnish children's opera "ROOPE" was performed 2007. Her other productions for children have been "Toukka-ooppera" (1988), "Hänsel und Gretel" opera in German (2002, 2021), "The Sound of Music" in English (2003-2004), "El Gato con Botas" in Spanish (2004-2005), "Cavalcade of Musicals" (2005), "Snow White" in English (2008), "Sleeping Beauty" (2009-2010), "Christmas story" (2011, 2018) and the new Children's Musical "Snow-White and Rose-Red" (2012-2015), 100 Anniversary story "The Song of Finland" (2017), Christmas movie "Disaster in Korvatunturi" (2018-2019) and "Hänsel und Gretel" opera again (2021) .

Dr. Kukkamäki has given lectures, workshops and / or teacher training in Australia 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2012; in Argentina 2009; in France 2000; in England 1988; in Spain 2000 and 2016; in Ireland 1995; Iceland 1992; in Italy 1997 and 2006; in Japan 1986, 1989, 1993, 1999 and 2013; in Korea 1993; in Singapore 1989; in Peru 1993 and 2000; in Sweden 1988; in German 1988; in Scotland 1990; in Switzerland 2015 and in the USA 1990, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2014 and 2016. Mostly her students have travelled with her and demonstrated the Suzuki Voice Program. Teachers from 22 countries have came to Finland for Suzuki Voice Teacher training. Since 1986 she has worked at Model-Hangar Oy Music Department in Finland as the chair of the Talent Education Institute of Singing.

Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki was awarded

on December 6th 2013 (Finnish Independence Day)

an honorary medal of a Knight of the Order of

The White Rose of Finland!

The president of Finland is the Grand Master.

After Studies at Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto 1986

Gaala 2013. Behind the photo from Japan 1989.

Musiikin tohtori Päivi Kukkamäki 2003

Vantaa Palkinto 2003

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