Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. Expands Global Reach

10/17/2008 [Pianos & Keyboards]

With New Support Center in London, Yamaha Affirms Its Commitment To New and Established Musical Artists Worldwide

NEW YORK CITY — Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. is pleased to welcome the newly launched Artist Services facility in London to its expanding global network. First established in 1987 in Paris, the network now includes locations in New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul and Moscow. Like its sister locations, the new facility, based at Chappell Yamaha London on Wardour Street, will function as a vibrant international hub providing musicians, teachers, promoters and students access to the best quality concert instruments matched by top-level technical service.

Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.
Yamaha Artist Services Europe Director Stan Zielinski and Kumi Liley, who heads the new facility's support team.
"I'm highly pleased to welcome this important additional center to the Artist Services global map," says James Steeber, director of Yamaha Artist Services Inc. in New York City. "Having our presence in more and more key cities will give each of our offices more credence and more ability to help artists with their careers while keeping the Artist Services identity solid and distinct."

The new London facility boasts a highly qualified artist support team headed by Kumi Liley — a Tokyo born pianist and arts manager. Initially the facility will focus on pianos and will host a wide range of events and activities, including lunchtime concerts in association with the major conservatoires for up-coming artists, and master classes by visiting international artists.

The centre will also house Yamaha's extraordinary fleet of concert-quality pianos, including the CFIIIS nine-foot concert grand pianos—the choice of prominent artists and concert stages around the world. Prominent artists who perform using Yamaha pianos include Abbey Simon, Frederic Chiu, Oxana Yablonskaya, Olga Kern, Maria João Pires, Elton John, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones, to name a few.

The Director of Yamaha Artist Services Europe, Stan Zielinski, comments, "We are proud and thrilled to open our new London facility. We are dedicated to developing this center into a creative and productive partner of London's classical musicians and actively supporting their musical careers."

The facility will also work closely with Milton Keynes-based Yamaha Music UK; Yamaha's British headquarters that handles instrument distribution and all Yamaha marketing, artist relations and educational policies.

Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. Building
The home of Yamaha Artist Services at 689 Fifth Avenue in New York.
Yamaha's senior director in the UK, Mike Ketley, has said, "The key word here is support; technical, instrumental and most important of all, artist support. The new facility will be fundamental in developing this support and expanding our relationships with the classical music community here in London particularly, and throughout the UK more generally. We are committed to building on the already excellent reputation of Yamaha pianos throughout the world's major cities and developing further our relationships with established international and emerging pianists."

Professor (Mikhail) Voskressensky from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow is equally enthusiastic. "I have collaborated with Yamaha Piano Artist Services Europe for more than five years. They provide young pianists with excellent opportunities to develop their skill and receive professional advice from some of the world's best musicians. I very much support the idea of Yamaha centers in European capitals. Bravo, Yamaha!"

For more information about Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. and Yamaha Corporation of America, write to P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600; telephone (714) 522-9011; or visit www.yamaha.com/yasi.

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