Yamaha's history began when its founder, Torakusu Yamaha, repaired a broken reed organ in 1887. Shortly thereafter, he successfully completed the first reed organ to be built in Japan.
Brand and History
More than 130 years after our founding in 1887, we defined the Yamaha Philosophy as the philosophical framework that underpins business management at the Yamaha Group.
Furthermore, in 2019, we established our new brand promise “Make Waves” to capture that special moment when our customers’ hearts tremble.
|1887||Torakusu Yamaha builds his first reed organ
|1897||Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. (current Yamaha Corporation) is established with capital of 100,000 yen|
|1900||Begins production of upright pianos|
|1949||Lists its shares on Tokyo Stock Exchange|
|1954||Establishes Yamaha Music School and holds pilot classes
Produces its first HiFi player (audio product)
|1955||Establishes Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Splits off the motorcycle division)|
|1958||Begins production of sports equipment
Establishes first overseas subsidiary in Mexico
|1959||Begins production of electronic organ|
|1960||Establishes Yamaha International Corporation (current Yamaha Corporation of America)|
|1962||Begins recreation business|
|1964||Begins production of lifestyle-related products|
|1965||Begins production of wind instruments|
|1966||Yamaha Music Foundation is established
Expands into Europe with the founding of Yamaha Europa GmbH, in West Germany
|1968||Issues shares at market price for the first time in Japan|
|1971||Begins production of semiconductors|
|1987||Changes company name to Yamaha Corporation to mark the 100th years in business|
|2002||Establishes Yamaha Music & Electronics (China) Co., Ltd.
Establishes Yamaha Music Holding Europe GmbH (current Yamaha Music Europe GmbH)
|2005||Acquires Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH|
|2007||Establishes music entertainment business holding company|
|2008||Acquires L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH
Acquires NEXO S.A.
|2010||Renews Yamaha Ginza Building, a complex including shopping area, concert hall, music studio etc.
Transfers shares of the lifestyle-related products subsidiary
Completes integration of Japanese piano factories to Kakegawa
|2012||Completes integration of Japanese wind instrument factories to Toyooka
125th years in business (October 12th)
|2013||Establishes Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd.|
|2014||Establishes domestic musical instrument and audio equipment production subsidiaries after the split-off and merger
Acquires Line 6, Inc. and Revolabs, Inc.
|2015||Transfer of semiconductor manufacturing subsidiary|
|2018||Acquires Ampeg brand
Constructs “Innovation Center” research and development base