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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

Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand Pianos, Kawai GX Series Grand Pianos, Kawai GL Series Grand Pianos, Kawai Digital Pianos, Kawai Vertical Pianos, Kawai Professional Upright Pianos
Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand Pianos

THE KAWAI PIANO IS THE #1 WORLD’S FINEST PIANO WITH
SUPERB ULTIMATE RICHEST TONE AND ULTRA-RESPONSIVE TOUCH

The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano  “The Finest Hand Crafted Grand Piano in the World”
The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano “The Finest Hand Crafted Grand Piano in the World”
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Shigeru Kawai SK-EX 9'1" Concert Grand Piano Fewer Than Twenty are Crafted Each Year for the Entire World.
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX 9'1" Concert Grand Piano Fewer Than Twenty are Crafted Each Year for the Entire World.
Koichi Kawai
Founder "Koichi the Inventor"  Engineering Genius
Founder "Koichi the Inventor" Engineering Genius

The Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand


Over one hundred years ago Koichi Kawai desired to build a piano that would one day be called "the finest." A generation later, Shigeru Kawai builds ‘the finest piano’ in the world. The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano is the preferred instrument of international concert artists as well as composers, recitalists, performers, advanced pianists, musicians, audience members and listeners around the world. Hirotaka Kawai grandson with “commitment to excellence” continues the legacy.

View the 'World's Finest International Pianist Finalists, Choosing to Perform on the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand, and the 1st Place Global International Pianist Finalist and Winner Alexander Gadjiev' Video
View the '1st Place Global International Pianist Finalist and Winner
Alexander Gadjiev' Video
View the '1st Place Global International Pianist Finalist and Winner
Alexander Gadjiev' Video
1st Place Global International Pianist Finalist and Winner

Alexander Gadjiev

Selected, Performed and Won Playing The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano. 

Of Finalist Global Piano Contestants
58% 7 of 12 and 50% 3 of 6
Selected and Performed Using The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano over Steinway and Yamaha

The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Proved Extremely Popular Among Contestants Throughout the World Competition, As One Of Three Piano Manufacturers’ Instruments Available for Official Selection, Shigeru Kawai, Steinway and Yamaha.


In the First Round, 24 Of The 72 Participants Selected Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, Followed By 11 Out Of 24 Contestants in The Second Round. Of the Remaining 12 Participants That Reached the Third Round, 7 Pianists Selected the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX. While the Final Was Contested By 6 Individuals, 3 of Whom Performed Using The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano. 1st Place Finalist Global Pianist Winner Performed Playing The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano.

Kawai World's International Supplier of Pianos in Over 80 Countries

The Kawai Piano Exclusively Blends the Time-Tested Principles of Old-World Craftsmanship
with the Latest 'Space-Age' Advanced Technology Resulting in the World’s #1 Finest Piano
With the Most Superb Ultimate Richest Tone and Ultra-Responsive Touch.

Over 2,400,000 Kawai Pianos Sold Worldwide

Welcome to The Piano Company featuring Kawai Pianos the Premier Piano of Japan.

The Shigeru Kawai is the Preferred Instrument of International Concert Artists as Well as Advanced Pianists, Musicians, Composers, Recitalists, Performers, Audience Members and Listeners Around the World.


For Over 90 Years, Kawai Has Been Dedicated to Making The Finest Pianos In The World, Setting the Tradition and Advanced Technology Standards for Sound, Touch, Beauty, and Investment Value. From the Flagship Shigeru Kawai Model SK-EXThe Best Piano In The World, to the Kawai GX BLAK Series and Kawai GL Series Professional Grand Pianos Performance Series for the Dedicated Student, to the Kawai K Professional Upright Series for Those New to the Kawai Family, The Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd, Kawai America Corporation and The Piano Company Have an Exceptional Instrument for Everyone.

Featuring Shigeru Kawai Grands and Kawai Grand and Upright Pianos the World's Most Advanced Pianos.

Over the past 90 years, Kawai has earned a reputation for outstanding quality and workmanship in the crafting of world-class musical instruments. Today, Kawai acoustic and digital pianos are a top choice of pianists, teachers, churches, students and piano enthusiasts around the globe. Kawai's skillful blending of traditional piano craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology and materials has brought about the finest selection of award winning grand, upright, digital and professional stage pianos available today. Kawai award winner of over 45 major international awards for excellence. We invite you to explore our collection of world-renowned instruments. The perfect piano awaits you.


Kawai has been the architect of the modern piano boldly pioneering the use of state-of-the-art materials and ideas to advance the piano art form. Building upon decades of experience and tradition, Kawai's celebrated technology delivers extraordinary touch and tone that is respected worldwide for its remarkable stability. This is the Kawai difference that you will hear and feel for years to come.
Kawai’s tradition of piano tone empowers
it with life, breadth, and depth that
lasts from generation to generation.


Listen to Kawai's rich dynamic range:
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Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Full Concert Grand Piano
and Shigeru Kawai SK Concert Series Overview

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ALL SHIGERU KAWAI GRAND PIANOS AND
KAWAI GRAND AND UPRIGHT PIANOS

INVENTORY

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

Shigeru Kawai v.s. Steinway v.s. Yamaha - Piano Sound Quality Comparison

Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand (278 cm) – Japan
Steinway & Sons D 274 Concert Grand – Germany
Yamaha CFX (275 cm) – Japan

Sound was recorded during 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw Symphony Concert Hall. Microphones settings and position of pianos on the stage is the same for each recording. Samples of Frederic Chopin pieces are played by different pianists! Please take into consideration different style of playing which may affect the tone.

First (1st) Place Global and International Prize Winner Alexander Gadjiev Selects
The Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Full Concert Grand Piano

'View and Hear the Stunning Performance' Video

About the Shigeru Kawai EXL Concert Grand Sound
Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano quantities are limited because the soundboards inside are made of rare 200-year-old Ezo spruce trees from the northern island of Hokkaido. The soundboards are aged for five years, compared with one year of aging for an ordinary piano soundboard. The custom-tapered soundboard in a Shigeru piano is made exclusively from the finest spruce, aged by the traditional kigarashi process that uses only the forces of time and nature to allow the wood to attain a state of natural balance. It is this lengthy and painstaking process that gives Shigeru pianos their uniquely rich tonal quality.
About the Shigeru Kawai EXL Concert Grand Touch
In the beginning was the conventional wooden piano action—and it was good. Today, the Shigeru Kawai features the Millennium III Action with components made of ABS-Carbon, a new 'space-age' composite material created by the infusion of carbon fiber into our existing ABS Styran. ABS-Carbon is incredibly sturdy and rigid, which allowed Kawai to make the action parts lighter without sacrificing strength. The lighter design makes the Millennium III Action tremendously fast and effortless for the player. Every detail of the action was exhaustively analyzed to meet the stringent demands of the skilled concert pianist. One prime example of this effort was the addition of microscopic surface texture on the jack at the point where it meets the hammer. The Shigeru Kawai Piano is ever more deliberate and responsive to the music they are creating in performance. The Millennium III Grand Action attribute allows the ability to play not only thundering fortissimos, but also the most delicate whisper and sensitive pianissimos. The result of this subtle but important change is a dramatic increase in control during playing. Shigeru Kawai Pianos use only Kawai’s exclusive Millennium III Action.
About the Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand Shiko Seion Hammers and Temaki Bass Strings
Shiko Seion hammers — which take their name from the Japanese words for “ultimate voicing”—are the exclusive province of our Master Piano Artisans (MPAs) who oversee their formation from beginning to end. Every hammer is meticulously hand-pressed without the application of heat, and carefully voiced without artificial hardeners to ensure outstanding dynamic response and expression.

Temaki Bass Strings In the Japanese language, the word temaki literally means “hand wound.” In the unhurried temaki process, the artisan patiently directs the winding of each individual bass string by hand for absolute precision and tension to ensure rich character and superb depth of tone.

The Winner's Choice
They come from around the globe... exceptional young pianists ready to test their skills against the world’s finest. At international piano competitions, these emerging professionals hope to encounter the perfect instrument—one that allows them to fully express their highest artistic intentions. After all, winning the top prize can sometimes be the key to a career on the concert stage. With this goal in mind, top prize winners in competitions throughout the world are choosing the Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand as the new international piano of choice over Steinway and Yamaha.

The 8th Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 42nd ARD International Music Competition (Germany), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 2nd Dublin International Piano Competition (Ireland), top six prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 5th Dublin International Piano Competition (Ireland), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 1st Citta di Canatu International Piano & Orchestra Competition (Italy), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX.
The 45th Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 8th Premio Dino Ciani International Competition (Italy), top three prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 22nd Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Italy), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand
The 25th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Italy), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 27th Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Italy), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 2nd Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan), first and third prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 12th Vianna da Motta International Music Competition (Macao), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 14th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (Poland), second prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition (Russia), top two prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 2nd International Rachmaninov Piano Competition (Russia), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 1st Isidol Bajic International Piano Competition (Serbia), top three prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 2nd Isidol Bajic International Piano Competition (Serbia), top three prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.
The 11th Santander International Piano Competition (Spain), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 13th Jose Iturbi International Music Competition (Spain), first and second prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX.
The 14th Jose Iturbi International Music Competition (Spain), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 20th Jose Iturbi International Music Competition (Spain), first, fourth, fifth prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX.
The 9th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA), first prize winner selected Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand.
The 23rd William Kapell International Piano Competition (USA), top three prize winners selected Shigeru Kawai EX Grand.

The Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand is outperforming Steinway and Yamaha Concert Grands in Superb Tone, Touch Responsiveness and Piano Selection by Top International Competition Performing Finalists.


The world's finest pianists finalists have made the Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano their top instrument of choice for performances. In International Competitions throughout the World, the Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano is outperforming Steinway and Yamaha Concert Grands at The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA), The Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (Russia), The International Chopin Piano Competition (Poland), The Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy) and other prominent concert venues worldwide. The Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand is at the pinnacle as the Concert Grand Piano of the World.

About the Shigeru Kawai EXL Concert Grand Sound

Shiko Seion Hammers—which take their name from the Japanese words for “ultimate voicing”—are the exclusive province of our Master Piano Artisans (MPAs) who oversee their formation from beginning to end. Every hammer is meticulously hand-pressed without the application of heat, and carefully voiced without artificial hardeners to ensure outstanding dynamic response and expression.


Shigeru Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano quantities are limited because the soundboards inside are made of rare 200-year-old Ezo spruce trees from the northern island of Hokkaido. The soundboards are aged for five years, compared with one year of aging for an ordinary piano soundboard. The custom-tapered soundboard in a Shigeru piano is made exclusively from the finest spruce, aged by the traditional kigarashi process that uses only the forces of time and nature to allow the wood to attain a state of natural balance. It is this lengthy and painstaking process that gives Shigeru pianos their uniquely rich tonal quality.

About the Kawai Touch

Kawai uses No Wood or Teflon Fluorinated Plastic in the non-musical mechanical action parts of a piano such as, has Steinway and other lesser known brands. Wood or Teflon Fluorinated Plastic used in the high velocity mechanical action section of a piano, requiring ultra-response key touch and fast repetition, is obsolete, outdated and troublesome. Mechanical Piano Action Technology has changed for the better.


Just as the Wright Brothers built the first aircraft in 1903 using giant spruce wood as their construction material, modern Aerospace Craft use different improved space-age carbon fiber materials for improved technology of flight.


Kawai pianos use exclusively only Kawai-designed, “space-age” components of ABS-Carbon, carbon fiber infused into ABS Styran piano action parts for the non-musical mechanical action, for proven durability and heightened responsiveness and control, to maintain the fastest action in the world. Kawai uses No Teflon Fluorinated Plastic and No Wood action parts susceptible to wearing, cracking, shrinking and swelling dramatically with changes in climate with temperature fluctuations, causing wood parts to warp, twist, shrink and swell with the seasons, weather, humidity and temperature changes in the room environment. This inherent inconsistency of Wood or Teflon Fluorinated Plastic parts and lubricant can impair a piano’s tone and touch—and has always lead to costly repairs and maintenance.


Kawai’s ABS-Carbon action parts are more durable than conventional wooden action parts and over 50% stronger. ABS-Carbon makes the Millennium III Grand Action 25% faster. Keys depress and return more swiftly, providing increased repetition and playing speed. This a major reason why Concert Piano Artists worldwide are shifting and choosing the Kawai Piano Action over Steinway and Yamaha piano actions. The Kawai Piano is ever more deliberate and responsive to the music they are creating in performance. The Millennium III Grand Action attribute allows the ability to play not only thundering fortissimos, but also the most delicate whisper and sensitive pianissimos.


Why ABS-Carbon for mechanical piano action parts and not Wood or Teflon? The Answer: Superior strength and stability. Many 21st Century major industries are using carbon fiber today for increased strength, speed, lightweight character, materials stiffness and ability to endure stress, lightweight speed and resistance to breakage, swelling and the benefit is better long-term durability and performance longevity. Who uses ABS Technology: The Aircraft-Aerospace-Defense Industry, Boeing 777 and 787 Aircraft, Airbus 360 Aircraft, Formula One Race Cars and Tour de France World Class Racing Bikes to mention just a few industries.

ABS Styran: More than a quarter-century of research in space-age materials led to the use of ABS Styran in the Kawai action. ABS Styran is used in high-stress areas such as hammer flanges and high-friction areas such as key frame guide plates of the piano. ABS Styran is a high-stress polymer composite material proven to be superior to wood in certain critical areas of the piano action. It is:

•    Durable and stress-resistant
•    Highly stable...will not expand or contract due to climate
•    Resistant to cracking, brittleness and warping
•    Able to minimize friction
•    Isotropic...possessing equal strength in all directions
•    Made with a molding process that ensures absolute precision with each part



The Exclusive Kawai “Black Jack" Controls the Power and Repetition of Each and Every Keystroke

ABS Styran and the Kawai ‘Black Action Jack’ controls the power and repetition of each and every keystroke of the Kawai Piano. The jack is the pivotal link between the key and the hammer that controls the power and repetition of each and every keystroke. To fulfill this essential role, Kawai developed the exclusive "Black Jack" made of carbon and polyacetal, virtually indestructible, will not warp due to humidity, and requires no lubrication...all of which reduces the need for maintenance. The Black Jack is specially molded as a single piece using Kawai's patented "Tapered Core Design" which offers benefits of minimum weight, maximum directional strength, and greater sensitivity and optimum responsiveness, superior in every way to the traditional wooden jack. A microscopic surface texture dramatically increases control during pianissimo passages. These attributes make the Kawai Carbon Action Jack far more advanced than the conventional old style and out dated glue-jointed wooden jacks found on Steinways and most other lesser known pianos. The world's finest concert pianists prefer the Kawai fast responsive piano action for their concert hall performances.

The Art of The Piano

A grand piano is made up of over nine-thousand precision parts... wood, metal, fiber, resin, and many other materials. Just assembling them into the mere form of a grand piano is, by itself, an immense undertaking. But the process of crafting them into a precision instrument capable of translating the subtle expressions of the soul into the language of music... creating an instrument that can truly “sing”... is an art.

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