Tove and Béla Detreköy
Congratulations on your 90th birthdays!
This year, Tove and Béla both celebrated their 90th birthdays. Tove’s birthday was only a few days ago, and Bela’s was in February. Their work as pioneers of the Suzuki method helped establish the foundation of the Suzuki movement as it spread throughout Europe, and they were founding members of the European Suzuki Association. The structure of this organization would not have been possible without their tireless commitment and support. For decades, they generated major impulses toward the development and the adaptation of our method to European musical and educational conditions. In particular, Tove Detreköy was a permanent supporter in setting up Suzuki’s concept in many new countries. As an ESA examiner, Tove stood for and remains committed to quality and excellence. Through her tremendous efforts, the European standards in teacher training developed to a very high level.