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Yamaha Corporation was established in 1887 as a piano and reed organ manufacturer by Torakusu Yamaha in Hamamatsu, Japan.


From very humble beginnings, when Torakusa Yamaha tried to perfect the tuning of his first reed organ, and persevering through two world wars, the company evolved to become one of the most recommended of piano makers. 

Yamaha Corporation, the world of musical instruments, has left an indelible mark on the history of pianos. Founded in 1887 by Torakusu Yamaha, the company initially focused on producing reed organs. However, in the early 20th century, Yamaha has ventured into the world of pianos setting the stage for a legacy of innovation and excellence.

Yamaha’s journey in piano manufacturing began in earnest in the 1900s, with the company’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship evident from the start. The early models showcased Yamaha’s dedication to precision engineering and attention to detail, earning the trust of musicians worldwide.

In 1954, Yamaha unveiled the legendary Yamaha U1 upright piano, which quickly became a staple in music schools, studios, and homes. The U1’s superior sound quality, durability, and affordable price tag made it a favorite among pianists of all levels.

In recent years, Yamaha has continued to expand its product lineup to cater to the evolving needs of musicians. From portable stage pianos and hybrid instruments to avant-garde designs that push the boundaries of traditional piano construction.

In conclusion, Yamaha’s long-standing history in crafting pianos is a testament to its unwavering dedication to excellence, innovation, and musical artistry.

Original Piano Maker(s)
Torakusu Yamaha (1851 – 1916)


Date Established


Original Location(s)
Headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan


Notable Dates

  • 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.

“It all began with a broken organ.”

– Torakusu Yamaha


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.

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