Shigeru Kawai History

The founder of Shigeru Kawai pianos in black and white

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.

Shigeru Kawai: Unparalleled Artistry

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Kawai’s elite Master Piano Artisans handcraft each Shigeru Kawai to perfection. For those who pursue the esteemed rank of Master Piano Artisan, their dream amounts to more than simply building pianos. They aspire to build the world’s finest pianos, capable of making Kawai the sound heard around the world. For this reason and for the finest materials put into each piano, every Shigeru crafted has its own characteristics that make each piano special. To learn more about these Master Artisans, click the link below.

Average Shigeru Kawai Piano Price

Shigeru was relentless in his pursuit of making Kawai a household name in the piano world. After almost a century in business, Kawai is the winner of over 50 international awards for excellence, has built numerous Kawai Music Schools across Japan, founded an educational institute to train teachers to staff its schools, as well as established the Kawai Technical Institute. One could argue Kawai has perfected the modern piano design.

With only 300 of these top-of-the-line pianos being made every year, they’re considered one of the more exclusive piano brands in production. As such, you can expect to invest in the upper five-figure range for a Shigeru Kawai, with prices increasing based on model, design, and finish.

Shigeru Kawai Piano Models

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