Alicia Randisi-Hooker as a Suzuki Cello parent with daughter


I am, above all, a LOVER of life and a believer in the potential
for nobility within each of us. I believe that people are hungry
for beautyand for a positive way to express their innermost longings.
Those who value relationship because they are involved
with parents and other caring adults approach their lives
in a way which may hurt others less. This is the essence of
Suzuki Talent Education, which is
the cornerstone of my philosophical approach.
In my practice as a cello teacher,
I endeavor to listen to
and watch closely each individual student, in order to access
the special inner qualities of each, so that
they may bring forth the voice of their own hearts.
This is not an instant endeavor. It requires commitment
and perseverance on the part of all concerned.
In more than two decades of teaching,
I have yet to meet a student or a parent who has regretted the

The cello provides a unique vehicle to EDUCATE both young
and old about our culture, and the cultures of other lands.
The cello has a voice that calls to the soul and to the human heart.
When you listen to the cello,
you might be reminded of the great humanitarian tradition for which
the cello has provided a "soundtrack" throughout its history.
The great Spanish cellist, Pablo Casals played as a statement
against the fascistic regime of Francisco Franco,
remaining in exile from his native land for the rest of his life in protest.
The Russian cellist  Mstislav Rostropovich,
played at the fall of the Berlin wall in support
of the end of communism.
The "cellist of Sarajevo" played in the
streets each day as the bombs fell all around him, during the war
between Serbia and Bosnia.
Beloved contemporary cellist YoYo Ma
has been taking his cello around the world to explore ancient
traditions and cultural influences through his Silk Road Project.
His projects
with Brazilian and Argentine musicians inspired a
renewed interest in the
Tango and the music of Latin America. You may have seen the
film "The Soloist", the true story about a gifted young cellist
beset by a tragic mental disorder,
whose music redeems his suffering


Alicia Randisi and Lisa Liske-Doorandish after a cello performance and workshop in Blacksburg, VA


These, and many less well-known artists and their stories, comprise
the lineage of the cello.
When your child takes up the study of this great
and noble instrument, he or she is joining a long line of insightful, sensitive,
and socially responsible human beings who have played it and loved
its rich and satisfying sound.
From the study of this instrument, the attainment
of an appreciation for ARTISTRY, indeed the
possibility of producingart oneself, can be realized.
While it is not necessarily my goal to produce
only professional musicians, the work of learning to play well has far
reaching benefits for all students.

The pursuit of excellence in playing the cello produces 
 from which PROGRESS can be made in all areas of life.
Upon hearing the Suzuki children at Carnegie Hall in 1964,
Casals remarked:
"Perhaps it is these children who will save the world".
Even if this lofty
ambition cannot be realized, we can attempt to
make the world a better
place. It is my aim, and my honor to try.