Did You Know? Yamaha Corporation


When Torakusu Yamaha repaired a broken reed organ back in 1887 and then successfully built one of his own, the Yamaha story began. Ten years later, Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. was established (today’s Yamaha Corporation).

Yamaha began to produce upright pianos in 1900. In 1958, the company established its first overseas subsidiary in Mexico. The following year, they began to produce electric organs.

The Yamaha International Corporation (today’s Yamaha Corporation of America) was established in 1960. Within the next couple years, the company began their recreation business and three years after that started producing wind instruments.

To mark 100 years in business, in 1987 the company changed their name to the Yamaha Corporation.

In 2012, the company completed the integration of Japanese wind instrument factories to Toyooka during their 125th year in business. The following year, Yamaha Music Japan Co. Ltd. was established.

To view the entire history timeline, visit Yamaha’s website.

Cassidy is the Digital Marketing Manager at Making Music and has recently begun her career in the music industry. In May 2017, she graduated from the Crane School of Music with a double degree in Music Business and Music Theory. Upon graduating college, Cassidy did an internship with DANSR, Inc. in Illinois before moving to Southern California where she was the NAMM intern for six months. Her favorite instrument is the clarinet, but she also enjoys dabbling with guitar, piano, ukulele, saxophone, and flute.

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