Willi Zildjian

Willi Zildjian has made many lasting contributions to the SABIAN Cymbal Company, which she formed along with her husband Bob back in 1981. However, her most noted is the naming of the company. While driving to New York from their factory in Canada, she discussed names with her husband. Most of the ideas fell flat on Willi who then offered, “Let’s use the first two letters of the kid’s names.” The idea stuck and the company grew to become an important contributor to innovative and popular instruments.


Interview Date:
January 18, 2006
Date of Birth:
August 14, 1929
Deceased Date:
February 14, 2017
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