The Director: Paul Manulik
Director Paul Manulik founded Princeton String Academy in 2005 after several years of running a private teaching studio in the Princeton area. In addition to directing the Academy, Mr. Manulik enjoys a diverse career as orchestral player, chamber musician, teacher and recitalist. He teaches both violin and viola using the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. One of his principal teachers of this method was Doris Preucil, who is internationally recognized for establishing one of the first US Suzuki schools, and from John Kendall, another highly respected founder of the Suzuki Method in the U.S. Mr. Manulik also conducts master classes for high school orchestras and serves as guest clinician at summer festivals.
Mr. Manulik has studied with Evalina Chao, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra associate principal violist, and with Jerry Horner and William Preucil. He holds a master’s degree in viola performance from the University of Iowa and has taken additional teacher training from Mimi Zweig, professor of violin and viola at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana String Academy.
Mimi Kim – Cello
Cellist, Dr. Mimi Kim, joined Princeton String Academy in 2012 to spearhead our new cello program. Dr. Kim has degrees in cello performance from Rice University and the University of Michigan and has studied with some of the most prominent pedagogues in America including Norman Fischer, Robert Culver, Tanya Carey, and Anthony Elliott. Her students have performed in Carnegie Hall and received full music scholarships for college study and at prominent secondary institutions such as the Interlochen Arts Academy. Dr. Kim recently moved back to NJ after living in Michigan for 12 years where she was assistant camerata director and cello teacher at the Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music.
Takuya Horiuchi – Violin/Viola
Violin/Violist, Takuya Horiuchi, is our newest faculty member, joining us this September. A native of Japan, Mr. Horiuchi started playing the violin at age four and his first teacher was a pupil of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School in violin performance. While at Juilliard, Mr. Horiuchi was a student of Robert Mann and studied chamber music with Samuel Rhode, Joel Smirnoff, Louis Kaplan, and Felix Galimir.
Prior to coming to New Jersey, he was concertmaster of Orchestra Iowa for fifteen years where he appeared frequently as a soloist with the orchestra and on Iowa public television and radio. He has also performed at Yale and Harvard Universities, Connecticut College and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City with the Center of New Music of the University of Iowa. Mr. Horiuchi has many years’ experience teaching young children at Orchestra Iowa school and his own private studios along with his teaching experience at Grinnell and the University of Northern Iowa.
Suzanne Davies – Violin
New York Violinist, Suzanne Davies, joined Princeton String Academy in the fall of 2011. Ms. Davies has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Columbia University, and her teaching is also influenced by her Suzuki teacher training. While still a s tudent at Columbia, she was twice awarded the Richard and Brooke Kamin Rapaport Summer Music Performance Fellowship, and has received training at the National Orchestral Institute, Round Top Festival Institute, Meadowmount School for Strings, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She performs regularly in New York City with a variety of classical and musical theater ensembles, such as the Bronx Opera Orchestra, Prospect Theater Company, and the Curiosity Cabinet, a contemporary music ensemble. Ms. Davies is also a teaching artist at the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children, a musical outreach program in East Harlem.
Dr. Jordan Enzinger – Cello
A vibrant performer and avid teacher, Dr. Jordan Enzinger was appointed to the cello faculty of the Princeton String Academy in 2016. Dr. Enzinger received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in cello performance from Indiana University and his Doctorate in cello performance from Rutgers. His principal cello instructors were Peter Stumpf, Eric Kim, Janos Starker, Helga Winold, and Jonathan Spitz. Dr. Enzinger formerly served as cello and chamber music instructor for Indiana University’s globally renowned String Academy, and currently lectures for collegiate music classes at Rutgers. He is a registered cello instructor for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and maintains a large private cello studio in central New Jersey. His students have performed in Carnegie Hall, won prestigious competitions, received collegiate music scholarships, and are regular contenders in the NJMEA regional and state contests.
Dr. Enzinger performs with some of the finest ensembles such as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony, and Princeton Symphony, and he regularly performs in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kimmel Center.
Yvonne Macdonald was born and raised in London, England and came to the states in 1965. She holds a GRSM degree from The Royal College of Music, London University and 2 ARCM diplomas, one in Oboe playing and one in Piano Teaching. Mrs. Macdonald’s teaching experience includes head of the Junior School music department, Perse School for Girls Cambridge, UK 1962-1965; district music co-ordinator, music teacher and choir director West Windsor – Plainsboro Regional School District 1968 – 1999; Adjunct instructor for Elementary Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, 2000 – 2001; Director of Youth and Children Choirs, Princeton United Methodist Church, 1968- 2014; General Music teacher The Laurel School 2014 – 2016; Director of the Schola Children’s Choir at the Westminster Conservatory of Rider University. 2006- present. Mrs. Macdonald’s teaching includes an eclectic mix including elements of the Gordon Learning Theory, the Dalcrose, Kodaly and Orff philosophies. She greatly enjoys working with children in the wonderful world of music.