Yamaha is the first thing that comes to mind when people think of world-class pianos. The esteemed piano maker traces its roots to the Wakayama Prefecture at the dawn of the 19th century, founded by Torakusu Yamaha, who was fascinated by Western Science and technology, and a self-taught musician and piano maker. The virtuoso got his start as a piano maintenance man with no experience whatsoever, tinkering with the reed organ of the Jinjo elementary school principal. Inspired by the untapped potential of reed piano manufacturing, he developed his prototype and worked for months until he finally perfected his first reed organ.
No more than half a century later, Yamaha has grown into one of the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer, as well as one of the greatest producers of industrial components, sporting goods, and home appliances. Going into the new millennium, the company continues to pursue its mission of creating unique and intuitive sound technologies for the world to enjoy as it embraces the new frontier of the digital age.