CHEWY (KOICHIRO SUZUKI)
Koichiro Suzuki started taking Argentine Tango lessons at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he went for his undergraduate study. Before Mr. Suzuki started to dance, he was always interested in performance. In 1996–1998, Koichiro marched and performed with the world-renowned Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. After the drum corps, Koichiro decided to pursue a degree in Music Performance which created new ways to express his passion for performance as a musician and a dancer. His dancing skills were greatly enhanced from his deep understanding of music. He studied dance with Marek Szotkowski, Olivera Grubisha, Julio Bassan, and Ines Muzzoppa, among others.
Mr. Suzuki completed his Master’s Degree in Performance Music at Duquesne University and continues performing with the River City Brass Band—the only active professional brass band in the United States. Suzuki’s dance company, Pittsburgh Tango Connection, which he founded to bring Argentine Tango into prominence in Pittsburgh, has steadily grown to become the largest of its kind in the city.
Yulia Zhukoff was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia and began her career as a cellist at the age of six, studying at the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. Over the last 15 years, she has performed extensively as a soloist, a chamber group member, and an orchestra member in Europe and the United States, and has received several awards and recognition as a cellist on both continents. Recently, Yulia graduated from Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music with a degree in Music Performance. She has held annual solo cello recitals since 2004 and continues her musical career by performing solo, chamber recitals and teaching privately.
During her studies at Duquesne, she was introduced to Koichiro Suzuki, a graduate student and dance instructor/performer in Argentine Tango. She fell in love with the music and character of the dance, and for the past four years has studied and performed with Koichiro as his dance partner and assistant. Yulia also enjoys DJing traditional and Nuevo Tango music and occasionally performs as a guest artist as a cellist and a dancer for with Cuidado Tango Band.