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

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.