The Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand is Outperforming Steinway and Yamaha
in International Competitions Throughout the World

The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano is Preferred by Many International Piano Artists


Koichi Kawai

The Founder of Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd. From “Koichi the Inventor” to “The Musical Instruments Magnate” The Engineering Genius with Artists Spirit. His remarkable talent for invention and his deep attachment to the musical instruments were supported by his sincere and earnest attitude toward being a craftsman in manufacturing. Koichi’s performance was outstanding among the workers, and he soon became well-known as “Koichi the Inventor.”

It all began in 1897 when Koichi was eleven years old. Koichi and Torakusu Yamaha, the founder of Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. (currently Yamaha Corporation) met and their master-pupil relationship began. This meeting of Koichi and Torakusu was a wonderfully fateful event. Torakusu was inspired by Koichi’s inquiring mind in manufacturing. Yamaha had a great need to find a way to make action parts domestically, and Torakusu expected Koichi to develop them. Torakusu was deeply impressed by the efforts made by Koichi. Finally, the first pure domestic piano equipped with Koichi’s action parts was produced in 1903. This concluded a major step forward not only for Yamaha but also for musical instrument production in Japan. Torakusu Yamaha, whom Koichi adored like a master or a father, passed away in 1916.

In 1927, Koichi and engineers who followed him established the Kawai Musical Instrument Research Laboratory. The production of a grand piano was started the next year, and two years later the name of the company was changed to Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Company. Koichi Kawai was an inventor, an engineer, a tuner and a craftsman. Koichi Kawai was a genius with anything mechanical and musical. He devoted himself to making musical instruments. And, in his soul, the spirit of an artist was living.

Shigeru Kawai
Son of Koichi Kawai, Became Company President. He was Determined to Remain True to His Father's Ideals. He Foresaw Rapid Growth in the Music Industry and Planned Accordingly, Expanding Production Facilities and Establishing a Number of Music Organizations. Shigeru Kawai became company president at 33. The future, he believed, would combine hand-craftsmanship with the finest technology. Shigeru began construction of two new factories, one a wood processing plant and the other a piano assembly plant using the company's first modern production line.

With the domestic business now firmly established, Shigeru turned his attention toward making Kawai "the sound heard around the world." Ready and able to meet worldwide demand, Shigeru launched Kawai America in 1996 followed by Kawai Europe, Kawai Canada, Kawai Australia and Kawai Asia. Today, Kawai musical instruments enjoy recognition in every major market in the world. By the 1970s, he had taken Kawai pianos to over 80 countries around the globe.

Shigeru's Vision:
Making Kawai the sound heard around the world was his vision,

but making Kawai the sound preferred around the world was his ultimate goal.

Shigeru Kawai never wavered from his father's overriding concern for quality and ever-improving piano performance. It was this unceasing desire to perfect the art of the piano that inspired Shigeru's crowning achievement the Ryuyo Grand Piano Facility. Opening in 1980, the 300,000 square-foot plant was built at a cost of $50 million. Ryuyo embodies the perfect "marriage" of hand-craftsmanship and advanced technology. It is equipped with the most sophisticated piano-building tools available and is staffed by the most knowledgeable and experienced piano personnel in the world.

After over 50 years of intense striving, Shigeru desired to leave a personal legacy to the piano world. In the year 2000, he introduced the unique line of instruments that would bear his name. While the use of one’s first and last name is extremely rare in Japan because of the incredible burden of responsibility it places upon the individual, Shigeru inaugurated these instruments as the Shigeru Kawai Grand Pianos – enduring symbols of his fervent passion for the piano and his lifelong commitment to building the finest pianos in the world.

The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL 9'1" Full-Concert Grand Piano is a peerless instrument, fashioned from the very finest materials, and crafted by passionate artisans drawing upon generations of knowledge and experience. The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL 9'1" Concert Grand Piano embodies the pursuit of Kawai's 'gold standard' of piano creation consolidating all of Kawai's philosophies.

A Shigeru piano is much more than the intelligent application of material, labor and design. It is an art form born not from the head, but from the heart. Thus, the craftsman does far more than simply “build” it—he brings it to life. The sensitive nurturing of every part, every joint, every subtle nuance vests each piano with an intangible quality—a soul—that lives on from generation to generation. And those who own a Shigeru piano know that they possess not merely an instrument, but a partner in the musical pursuit of dreams.

Fewer than twenty are crafted each year for all the world. With its magnificent tone and wonderfully responsive touch, the EXL can best be described with one word—incomparable.

Hirotaka Kawai

In 1989, The Presidency of the Company was Passed to Shigeru's Son, Hirotaka Kawai. Hirotaka Began with a Pledge to Carry on the Commitment to Excellence Established by His Father and Grandfather. Early in his tenure as president, Hirotaka invested tens of millions of dollars to incorporate advanced robotics in the production process. Then he took production outside Japan for the first time with the launch of Kawai America Manufacturing and the establishment of Kawai Finishing in the United States in 1995.

Kawai Today. The Winners' Choice. From generation to generation, the Kawai vision continues. From its humble beginnings in 1927, the company has evolved into a multi-national corporation with nearly $1 billion annually in worldwide sales and employs over 4,000 people across four continents. Kawai pianos have reached the pinnacle of international acclaim. Found on concert stages throughout the world, they continue to be selected by gold medal winners and finalists at prestigious international piano competitions across the globe.

The Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand is Outperforming Steinway and Yamaha
in International Competitions Throughout the World

The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano is Preferred by Many International Piano Artists

Fewer than twenty are crafted each year for all the world. With its magnificent tone and wonderfully responsive touch, the EX is a rare treasure that can best be described with one word – incomparable, a transcendent work of art that communicates with remarkable passion, precision and poetry at the hands of the artist.
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It With Life, Breadth, And Depth That
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