Paul Landefeld is Executive Director Emeritus of the Suzuki Institute of Dallas. Mr.
Landefeld holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in viola performance from Carnegie Mellon
University and a Master of Music Education degree from Duquesne University in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He has participated in Suzuki conferences, workshops and
institutes throughout the USA as well as Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the
In 1981 he received a certificate of Observation and Study from the Talent Education
Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan under the tutelage of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Mr.
Landefeld performed with colleagues at the memorial service for Dr. Suzuki in March, 1998
at the Civic Center in Matsumoto, Japan.
Mr. Landefeld taught in the Pittsburgh area for twenty years, both in public and private
programs. He is the founder and former Executive Director of Talent Education of Greater
Pittsburgh, an umbrella organization that sponsors support activities and outreach for the
Suzuki movement in that area. Prior to moving to Dallas in September of 1986, Mr.
Landefeld was Director of the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin-
Stevens Point. In July 1990, he served as Director of the Texas Christian University
Suzuki Institute in Fort Worth, TX. He has also participated in Music Teachers National
Association (MTNA) conventions as a Presenter/Panelist and has served on the Music
Educators National Conference Ad Hoc Committee for String Education.
A registered Teacher Trainer through the Suzuki Association of the Americas(SAA), Mr.
Landefeld has been a board member as well as President of that organization from 1986-
1988. He continues to serve on the Past Presidents
received the Distinguished Service Award from the SAA for Vision, Leadership and
Outstanding Service. Mr. Landefeld was invited to be a guest clinician at the 13th Suzuki
Method World Conference held in Matsumoto, Japan in March, 1999.
In June 2000, Mr. Landefeld was a guest speaker at the Texas Music Teachers State
Convention in Austin, TX. He currently holds the position of CEO of the International Suzuki
Association (ISA) since being appointed to that position in October 2003.