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Millersville University Procures Two Disklavier Concert Grands and Installs Nation’s Largest Clavinova Lab

Millersville 02 200x150MILLERSVILLE, PA. – With the dual acquisition of the nation’s largest Yamaha Clavinova digital piano laboratory and the placement of a DCFX Disklavier performance-reproducing concert grand piano, Millersville University of Pennsylvania has positioned itself as a premier center for high tech music education and performance for the 21st century.
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DisklavierTV™ Shares Wisdom from Byron Janis

Cleveland Academic Summit 200x133New York City - Spring 2012 - In 1960, renowned classical pianist Byron Janis was chosen as the first American to be sent to the Soviet Union, and his performance opened the successful exchange between the cold war adversaries. In the 1980s, after revealing his long-secret battle with arthritis, he became the worldwide spokesperson for the International Ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation. Now, in the 21st century, Byron Janis, at 85 years young, has taken up the torch of Disklavier technology.
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Former Jazz Partners Use Disklavier to Reunite from Two Coasts

CalArts Piano Duet small 200x146Los Angeles, CA....AND New York, NY - Spring, 2011 - The two thousand miles separating them didn’t stop long time jazz partners David Rosenboom and JB Floyd from collaborating on a musical project. Instead, they used Yamaha technology as the driving force behind CalArts Bi-Coastal Jazz, a live transcontinental piano concert that linked Internet-connected Disklavier pianos, audiences and performers at The Wild Beast music pavilion at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California with the Yamaha Piano Salon in midtown Manhattan.
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Disklavier at Core of Ball State Songwriting Program

Robert WilleyMuncie, Indiana - Fall 2013 - When composer Robert Willey wants to help his Ball State University students capture their creative juices and hone their songwriting efficiency, he immediately fires up the Disklavier piano in his classroom. Willey uses the Disklavier for every step of the songwriting process, starting with basic conceptualizing exercises. 

“I record what we come up in class with during group composition brainstorming, and then email the students the MIDI files. For example, we might come up with a bass line or riff that students can incorporate in a song.”
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Competing Engineers Set Sights on Disklavier

RENCON Mitsuyo Presents 200x133Stockholm, Sweden - July 30, 2013 - Computer engineers are constantly striving to get closer and closer to realistic human gestures, whether in movement, speech, or even “thinking.” (remember Deep Blue, anyone?) Those of us who spend a great deal of time combining music and technology know that musical expression is one of those elusive human behaviors that has long evaded the world of non-human production. Seeking to conquer this “holy grail” of modeling, Rencon [Musical Performance RENdering CONtest] began in 2002, as part of a conference workshop in Kyoto. Rencon has since become an international competition, encouraging advancement in this highly sophisticated realm.
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Call your favorite piano tuner, connect your high-def TVs, make sure your DisklavierTV subscription is up-to-date, and invite ALL your piano-loving friends, for the time of the 2018 e-Competition is upon us! From May 19-May 31, 2018, Disklavier owners, DEN-stitutio...
In 1916, the year before his untimely death, Scott Joplin recorded 7 piano rolls. These rolls were recorded during a period in which the concept of “hand-played rolls” was still being developed.Regrettably, several factors undermined Joplin’s recordings. For starters, t...
Dr. Pamela Pike, Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, has been using the Disklavier as a distance-learning and pedagogical tool for as long as just about anyone. Last year (2016), she had the idea to incorporate these technologies into he...
Yamaha artist Dan Tepfer has long embraced the Disklavier as a performance tool. Using the Disklavier's ability to send and receive data in real time, Tepfer combines algorithmic computer programming and MIDI-driven visualizations to produce unique performances in which...