Karen Lavie

I was born in Amsterdam and am a graduate of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam. After my studies I lived in Germany, France, Australia and (for more than 20 years) in New Zealand, where I worked as a flautist, flute teacher and trainer of Suzuki flute teachers. I teach in Dutch, English, German and French. Living in different countries gave me the opportunity to experience first-hand the implications of Suzuki’s ideas around learning your mother tongue: only the languages that you learn early enough in life, become ‘part of you’. This is also true for music, which can be learned as a language. I had piano lessons for a few years before I started the flute when I was twelve. My parents were music lovers and had a wonderful record collection. I grew up with Bach, Brahms, Mozart and others. In this way, music was an important part of my life for as long as I can remember and was I  lucky enough to have a ‘musical environment’.

In 1990-1991 I studied in Japan with Toshio Takahashi, who ‘translated’ Suzuki’s violin pedagogy for the flute, an amazing, insightful experience. He was one of the last students of Moyse. He is an extraordinary man, who teaches with passion and imagination 

In 2013, I returned to the Netherlands. I live in Haarlem where I teach the flute to children, teenagers and adults from beginners to (very) advanced. I also give Suzuki teacher training courses for flute teachers for the ‘European Suzuki Association’.

Study and experience

  • Music studies: Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam; Suzuki Institute Matsumoto (TERI), Japan
  • Performing artist: a.o. Studio Laren (Netherlands), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bach Musica New Zealand
  • Flute teacher: a.o. Musikschule Ludwigsburg (Germany), New Zealand Suzuki Institute, Michael Park (Rudolf Steiner) School Auckland, workshops and masterclasses in New Zealand, Australia, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany, England, the Netherlands.
  • Teacher trainer: New Zealand Suzuki Institute; European Suzuki Association
  • MA French : University of Auckland