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Austin Symphony Partners with Toyota for New Violinist

April 1, 2016
  • Who: Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • Contact: Eric Marshall 512-476-6064 x1208

The Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) has announced a partnership with Toyota to phase out its violin players and replace them with robots. Toyota’s violin-playing robots will enable the Symphony to save money. While the initial purchase price is high, over time the robots will pay for themselves. The robots will be phased in as current members of the Symphony retire.

“It’s an exciting partnership for the Symphony. The robots will not only save us money but are a lot easier to work with,” Executive Director Anthony Corroa stated. “The cost savings will also enable us to produce more concerts each year.”

“I’m very excited to work with these robots,” added Music Director Peter Bay. “They don’t need breaks and they never miss a note.”

Not everyone is happy about the change. “What’s next? Robots playing timpani??” – Tony Edwards, Principal Timpanist.

The robots will be debuted at next week’s concerts featuring Lior Attar.