Kerstin Wartberg

Alfred Author-Kerstin Wartberg

Kerstin Wartberg received her professional musical education at the Conservatory (Musikhochschule) of Cologne, earning violin performance and teaching degrees. After her graduation in Germany, she went to Japan for two years, where she was the first German to study at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She graduated in 1981. In 1982 she became the director of the teacher-training program at the German Suzuki Institute, a position that she continues to hold today.

Ms. Wartberg regularly organizes string workshops, courses and concerts. In 1987, she was the Director of the 8th Suzuki Method International Conference at the International Congress Center Berlin, which boasted 4000 active participants from more than 32 different countries. Currently, she works in Europe as an examiner for Suzuki teacher training examinations, and is Professor of Music Education at Musikhochschule Frankfurt (University of Frankfurt) where she teaches instrumental music education and string pedagogy. She is in demand to teach and lecture worldwide at universities, conservatories, conferences, workshops and festivals.

In addition to teaching in public forums, Ms. Wartberg is the author of several teaching books and CDs, including the Step by Step series of violin exercise books and companion CDs, all of which are published by Alfred Music Publishing Co. She drafted this series, based on Dr. Suzuki's Method, at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan between 1981 and 1986, where it was approved by Dr. Suzuki and tested by numerous Suzuki teachers, their students and parents. Step by Step represents a source of Dr. Suzuki's instrumental concepts as well as specific instructions concerning the individual pieces, in both written and audio form. Many of the publications are available in German, English, French and Spanish.