Yamaha’s newest electric violin, the elegant YEV, has won a 2016 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). The screening process for entries takes five months and a panel of 76 international jurors weighs in. “We strove for an instrument that could express a freer range of sound that includes classical music but also bridges genres, from jazz to rock music,” notes Keizo Tatsumi, designer of the instrument, in a statement. “The resulting design has eliminated the instrument’s resonating body, yet it boasts great features suited to performers onstage and explores new territory for the violin.”
Stay tuned for a review of the YEV in an upcoming issue of Strings.