Executive Director, Violin and Viola
Nicolette Solomon is Executive Director and President of the Suzuki Institute of Dallas.
Ms. Solomon was born in Laingsburg, South Africa. She began her studies with Neil McKay in Port Elizabeth followed by Pierre de Groote at the College of Music in Cape Town. Nicolette completed her High School and University studies under the tutelage of Alan Solomon, who introduced her to the implementation of the Suzuki method. In 1975 she played at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Scotland and later toured Europe and Israel. She has played in the International Festival Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, London and performed in Israel, Taiwan and Hong Kong with Harmonia Juventia. She studied Chamber Music from 1974 – 1981 with Betty Pack and Alan Solomon. She has also been an Adjudicator/Examiner for music competitions and examinations in South Africa and the USA.
Nicolette Solomon obtained a Bachelor of Music (Honors) and Higher Education Diploma (Post Graduate) at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her Suzuki training continued with Christophe and Judy Bossaut at the Ecole Suzuki in Lyon, France. Nicolette studied with Dr. Suzuki at the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan in 1992. During that training, she taught at a private studio in Nagano City, Japan and at Shinshu University. Ms. Solomon founded and directed the Solomon Suzuki School in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 1994, Ms. Solomon attended the International Strings workshop in France, playing in the Eduard Melckus Baroque Ensemble. She has taught at Suzuki workshops in South Africa, Dublin, Ireland, Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Ms. Solomon teaches at workshops and institutes throughout the USA and Central America. She is married to Carl van Wyk, has 2 adult children and one grandson, Leonardo.