company historyKurzweil Music co.

founded: 1982
January 1, 2022


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Kurzweil Music was founded in 1982 by entrepreneur + inventor Ray Kurzweil. At that time, he was working with blind music legend Stevie Wonder — developing an automated reading machine for the visually impaired. During their collaboration, the inspiration for a Kurzweil digital musical instrument was born. Wonder wanted a way to re-create the perfect tones of his grand piano, without transporting it to venues across the world.

In year 1983 Kurzweil Music released the K250 electronic synthesizer keyboard. It was the world’s 1st digital musical instrument that could realistically emulate the sound of a grand piano. In Over the next 25 years, the company released in a series of digital keyboards at the pinnacle of music tech — at that time. Some of the products: the K2000, the PC88x, and K2500. Technically they were far ahead of their time. Still valued today for their sound range, and played by high-profile music artists world-wide.

The company’s successful PC3 family of keyboards are used by the biggest names in the music industry — like Andrew Lloyd Weber, Roger Waters, the Who, Earth Wind + Fire, the Boston Pops, Amanda Palmer, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Weird Al Yankovic.

The dedicated team includes hardware, software, and sound engineers — most are also professional or amateur musicians. The company builds on its innovation legacy in the music tech industry, now owned by the company Young Chang, under the umbrella of Hyundai.