Hello everyone, my name is Dorian Liebert. I’m from Christchurch, New Zealand, and this is my fourth year living in Japan.

Whenever I introduce myself in Japan people think I am a fruit, for two reasons. Partly because my name (Dorian) is the same as the fruit Durian in Japanese, but also because people from New Zealand call themselves Kiwis. No matter how delicious I may look, please don’t try to eat me during class!

I have trained in classical music since starting the violin at age 4. In my third year of high school (in New Zealand, high school is 5 years) I switched to the viola, and have now been playing string instruments for over twenty years. I look forward to teaching many of you music, as well as English, in the future.

I am a firm believer that living abroad is one of the most valuable experiences a person can have. It teaches you so much about other cultures and options, but also helps you understand what parts of your own culture you like, or don’t like. Without living in Japan I would be a completely different person today.

Coming from New Zealand and speaking English it is very easy for me to travel. Even if I don’t understand the local language, there will almost always be someone who I can ask for help in English. People growing up in Japan, however, don’t have that luxury. It is my hope that I can help you develop your English so that you too can travel, meet new people and cultures, and discover the best you you can be.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the near future.