Audio-Technica has announced the passing of company founder and executive emeritus, Hideo Matsushita.
Matsushita passed away of natural causes at the age of 93. In accordance with his family’s wishes, a private wake and funeral service have been held.
On the eve of Audio-Technica’s 40th anniversary in 2002, he reflected on the company’s early beginnings: “I came to Tokyo at age 32, and, thanks to an introduction by my uncle, went to work for the Bridgestone Museum of Art. At the urging of the museum’s director, I began organizing LP concerts. These were much more successful than anyone imagined. After a decade at the Bridgestone Museum, I struck out on my own and established Audio-Technica in 1962.”
He continued, “The company immediately launched its first product, the AT-1 Stereo Cartridge. At that time, we were headquartered in a rented one-storey barracks in Shinjuku. We started out with three employees, but quickly grew to 20. We worked late each night, stopping only for dinner at the ramen shop in front of the premises.”
In 1993 Matsushita took the position of chairman and his son, Kazuo Matsushita, became president of Audio-Technica, a position he still holds today.