Hand-built in Japan using the “methods of origin,” Shigeru Kawai Pianos have been positioned as one of the best pianos in the world. Their complex tone and dynamic expression pour out of each note. Shigeru Kawai was born on July 28, 1922, in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. He entered the piano business as a young man in 1946. Although he was a member of the Kawai family, Shigeru spent his early years learning the piano-building process as a regular worker.
Three years later, Shigeru began learning the art of creating pianos from his father and founder, Koichi Kawai, also known as “Hatsumei Koichi,” meaning Koichi the Inventor. Shigeru listened attentively to Koichi’s every word. His father’s dream burned intensely inside, Shigeru sometimes slept overnight in the factory and even bathed there. Koichi taught Shigeru his innovative method to design and build a complete piano action.
In 2000, Kawai introduced the Shigeru line, and these pianos have become one of the best pianos in the industry. Ellis Piano is proud to carry these magnificent Kawai musical instruments.