Mr. Manji Suzuki, Chairman & Founder of Suzuki Musical Instrument Mfg. Co., Ltd, passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on August 21, 2020.
He was a lover of the Harmonica, with a passion to bravely challenge new horizons, applying this philosophy to his life-long, deep commitment to innovation and excellence in the manufacture of musical instruments. His vision, guidance and dedication live on in all our efforts. He started building harmonicas, and in 1952 founded Suzuki Musical Inst. Mfg. Co., Ltd. and achieved a unique position in the Japanese market for musical instruments. Later, he founded several other companies dedicated to the production and sales of musical instruments. In the late 1980’s Mr. Suzuki purchased the famous Hammond and Leslie Brands. His goal to bring the iconic Hammond B-3 into the next century led to the rebirth of this instrument, and brought the world a whole series of innovative and beautiful musical instruments, resulting in a renaissance of the Hammond Legend. Mr. Suzuki established a unique position for Suzuki and Hammond instruments in Japan, and kept an open eye for the world. His inspiration, spirit and influence reaches all over the globe. So many creative artists, professional musicians and home players are indebted to him. The Suzuki Family and all our Teammates sincerely appreciate the kindness and respect you have shown during his life.