UK/JAPAN: The contribution to the music industry and music education made by Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of the Roland Corporation, will be acknowledged with the bestowal of an Honorary Professorship from the University of Glamorgan on April 4th. The honour will be given during a special ceremony in Cardiff that will also include a lecture from Kakehashi and the official opening of the Roland Music Academy at the university’s new multi-million pound ATRiuM facility, writes David Davies.
After a traumatic early life that involved the loss of his parents aged two and a life-threatening bout with tuberculosis at 20, Kakehashi committed himself to the development of products for the music industry in the late 1950s. Having contributed to the formation of Hammond Japan, Kakehashi moved on in 1972 to establish the Roland Corporation. Over the ensuing years, the company became a market leader in the production of synthesizers, organs, pianos, electronic drums, samplers, workstations and more. In more recent times, the company has enhanced its international portfolio with a number of joint ventures and investment in operations such as Boss, Cakewalk and RSS.
“It is with great pleasure that we honour Mr Kakehashi with an Honorary Professorship of the University of Glamorgan,” commented David Halton, vice-chancellor of the University of Glamorgan. “ATRiuM will be home to the first university-based Roland Music Academy in the UK and we are delighted that Mr Kakehashi will visit the faculty in person to mark the launch of this forward-looking project.”
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