A method created by Japanese violinist and teacher Shinichi Suzuki (1898–1998) is hinged on the basic idea that every child, if properly taught, is capable of learning in a loving and encouraging environment. The adults should be also motivated by the idea that it is never too late to learn to play music.
Valdas Povilaitis completed cello studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and obtained Master’s degree in law and administration from the Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. He has worked as cellist with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia. When Povilaitis became familiar with the method created by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki, he joined the activities of the Lithuanian Suzuki Association. In 2009, he founded the Cello School, which combines the principles of the Suzuki method and ideas adopted from Venezuelan El sistema. He teaches the cello to children in Vilnius, Širvintos and nearby villages. In 2010, he devised the project titled “The dissemination of high culture in Lithuania’s villages,” which he continues to implement as part of his School’s activities. It is an exemplary social and cultural project, demonstrating efficient ways to engage, occupy and integrate children from at-risk families in rural communities into music programmes thereby ensuring their opportunities to become fully empowered citizens.