Yamaha History

1887Torakusu Yamaha builds his first reed organ

1897Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. (current Yamaha Corporation) is established with capital of 100,000 yen

1900Begins production of upright pianos

1949Lists its shares on Tokyo Stock Exchange

1954Establishes Yamaha Music School and holds pilot classes
Produces its first HiFi player (audio product)

1955Establishes Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Splits off the motorcycle division)

1958Begins production of sports equipment
Establishes first overseas subsidiary in Mexico

1959Begins production of electronic organ

1960Establishes Yamaha International Corporation (current Yamaha Corporation of America)

1962Begins recreation business

1964Begins production of lifestyle-related products

1965Begins production of wind instruments

1966Yamaha Music Foundation is established
Expands into Europe with the founding of Yamaha Europa GmbH, in West Germany

1968Issues shares at market price for the first time in Japan

1971Begins production of semiconductors

1987Changes company name to Yamaha Corporation to mark the 100th years in business

2002Establishes Yamaha Music & Electronics (China) Co., Ltd.
Establishes Yamaha Music Holding Europe GmbH (current Yamaha Music Europe GmbH)

2005Acquires Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

2007Establishes music entertainment business holding company

2008Acquires L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH
Acquires NEXO S.A.

2010Renews 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

2012Completes integration of Japanese wind instrument factories to Toyooka
125th years in business (October 12th)