Elton John Makes Music History ‘Live’ Around the World During Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert at the Disneyland Resort

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Last Friday, music superstar and Disney Legend Elton John played pianos all across North America, Japan, Korea, Australia, Russia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Singapore — and he did it all from the stage of the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park utilizing Yamaha’s groundbreaking DisklavierTV, powered by RemoteLive technology.

Elton Performs at the Hyperion Theater for Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert

Elton John was one of more than a dozen music stars participating in a special private concert event celebrating the 125th anniversary of Yamaha, the official music instrument provider of the Disneyland Resort and the sponsor of our popular All American College Band, Disney’s Performing Arts, and The Community Arts Showcase.

David Foster Performs at the Hyperion Theater for Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert A 60-piece orchestra led by Nathan East and James Newton Howard performs during Yamaha’s 125th Anniversary Concert

The evening began with the host for the event, Sinbad, introducing performances by an eclectic group of top artists including Amy Grant; Chaka Khan; Dave Grusin; Earth, Wind & Fire; David Foster; Dave Koz; Michael McDonald; Sarah McLachlan; Toto; Lucy Schwartz; and an exciting new artist, LEOGUN. The Trojan Marching Band from USC even made a surprise appearance!

Yamaha's DisklavierTV, Powered by RemoteLive Technology Allowed Elton John’s Performance to be Shared Live Around the World

As the finale for this great evening, Sir Elton played five of his classic songs on a Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano onstage at the Hyperion, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra. His actual piano keystrokes were faithfully played, note for note, in real time (via MIDI data) on each of the remote Disklavier pianos all over the world just as if he were there, while the entire orchestra was seen and heard on adjacent monitors in perfect sync with the remote piano performance. The result was an amazing blend of artistry and technology.

Yamaha Executives Present Elton John With a Special Gift

Backstage, Elton John was presented with a special gift from Yamaha to commemorate his history-making performance.

Yamaha’s Disklavier Piano at Innoventions

Disneyland park guests can experience Yamaha’s amazing Disklavier technology every day at the Innoventions Dream Home in Tomorrowland. There, you can imagine legendary musicians playing “live” in your own home! Yamaha pianos can also be heard at some of your favorite locations throughout the Disneyland Resort, including Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, The Golden Horseshoe, Refreshment Corner hosted by Coca-Cola and the stage at Big Thunder Ranch.


  • I had the privilege of attending the Elton John / Yamaha concert. It was the best I’ve seen in over 40 years in the music business! over 3 1/2 hours of music… from some of the best musicians in the world!

    The Hyperion is a perfect venue for something like this… only 1900 seats! I had the cheap seats up high and still could see and hear everything perfectly.

  • What a neat experience. Is there a way to see the performance online?

  • When I first saw the shot of the Hyperion theatre audience with Elton John onstage I was like “I thought he was supposed to be at Hyperion Theatre?” because it didn’t look like it at all. Then I realized I have never been on stage at the Hyperion and have never seen it from that vantage point. It sure is massive!

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