Ikutaro Kakehashi



1930-2017

It is with extreme regret that I inform you of the passing of this great man. Mr. K., as we called him, was not only a visionary in the music industry but also the Founder of Roland/Rodgers Corporation along with so many other accomplishments...including the invention of MIDI technology. His engineering expertise is directly responsible for the fabulous instruments we enjoy playing today.

Kakehashi-san's life centered around devotion to his creator and to his family. But his legacy, which touches us all, is his commitment to produce the finest musical instruments in the world. And for this, we are most grateful.