Chicago born violinist Paul Carlson has won accolades of four continents for his solo and chamber music performances and teaching. As Professor Emeritus of Pittsburg State University, he now pursues an active career of teaching and performance. Regarding teaching at Suzuki Violin Academy, Carlson wrote, "I have long admired the magnificent work of Dr. Kexi Liu and I look forward with much pleasure to working with his fine students at MSSVA. I have also enjoyed studying the Suzuki approach with Rhonda Cole in Ithaca, New York. Dr. Liu and I have enjoyed many collaborative experiences which include: performances at Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music in The People's Republic of China." Having earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, he is also a graduate of the Chicago Conservatory and Northwestern University. Carlson exemplifies the belief that teaching and playing music can serve as one of the strongest catalysts in helping to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and cultures for mutual understanding.