Original Piano Maker(s)
Torakusu Yamaha (1851 – 1916)
Headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan
- 1887 — Yamaha introduced the first Japanese harmonium.
- 1897 — Yamaha hired Koichi Kawai who was only 11 at the time.
- 1899 — Japan's Ministry of Education sent Yamaha to the US on a research trip to learn about the mechanics of a modern piano.
- 1900 — Yamaha introduced its first upright piano.
- 1902 — Yamaha introduced its first grand piano.
- 1904 — Yamaha awarded honorary prizes at the Saint Louis World's Fair.
Notable Dates (cont.)
- 1930 — Yamaha opened world’s first research laboratory.
- 1932 — Magnum Organ introduced.
- 1954 — Yamaha opened up its first music school in Tokyo.
- 1958 — Yamaha began producing electronic instruments.
- 1950s — Yamaha became the largest piano manufacturer.
- 1987 — The company officially changed its name to Yamaha Corporation.