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Shigeru Kawai SK-EX 9'1" Concert Grand Piano

Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL 9'1" Concert Grand Piano
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Shigeru Kawai SK-EX 9'1" Concert Grand Piano

Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL 9'1" Concert Grand Piano
Handcrafted Excellence... Limited Edition Shigeru Kawai... The Premier Piano of Japan... Concert Series.

The World's Most Advanced Concert Grand Piano the SK-EXL concert grand piano embodies the pursuit of Kawai's 'gold standard' of piano creation: a peerless instrument, fashioned from the very finest materials, and crafted by passionate artisans drawing upon generations of knowledge and experience.

Each Shigeru EXL Concert Piano is conceived as a next step in the evolving art of the piano. 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.

Length: 9''1" (278cm)
Width: 5'3" (158cm)
Height: 3'4" (103cm)
Weight: 1111 lbs. (504kg)
Finishes: Polished Ebony


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Touch - The power of pianissimo
Tone - Tradition lays the foundation
Strength - Designed with tremendous strength
Character - Captivates when seen and heard.
Finish - Excellence and beauty
Specifications - Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand
Warranty - Ten year fully transferable warranty

Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL 9'1" Concert Grand Piano
Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL 9'1" Concert Grand Piano

Shigeru Kawai’s tradition of piano tone empowers it with life, breadth, and depth that lasts from generation to generation.


Listen to Shigeru Kawai's rich dynamic range:

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The 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
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1st Place Global 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.

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The 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
INVENTORY
Availability: Please Inquire
Status: New
Make: Shigeru Kawai
Model: SK-EXL
Size: 9'1",  278 cm
Type: Concert Grand Piano
Style: Concert
Finish: Polished Ebony
Price: Please Inquire

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

9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition:
1st place prize winner Alexander Gadjiev selects
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Full Concert Grand Piano

9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition: 1st place prize winner Alexander Gadjiev selects Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano

Italian pianist Alexander Gadjiev has been awarded the 1st prize by a panel of judges at the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (held in the city of Hamamatsu, Japan, from 22nd November until 8th December), following a series of performances playing the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano. The SK-EX was also selected by a number of other prize-winning contestants and finalists.

 

9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition: Final Results

1st Prize Alexander Gadjiev (Italy) Shigeru Kawai SK-EX
2nd Prize Roman Lopatynskyi (Ukraine) Other
3rd Prize Alexei Melnikov (Russia) Shigeru Kawai SK-EX
Daniel Hsu (USA) Other
Alexia Mouza (Greece/Venezuela) Other
4th Prize Florian Mitrea (Romania) Shigeru Kawai SK-EX
Best Performer of a Japanese work Igor Andreev (Russia) Other
Diploma of Outstanding Merit Miura Kenji (Japan) Shigeru Kawai SK-EX
Chamber Music award Florian Mitrea (Romania) Shigeru Kawai SK-EX
Audience award Alexander Gadjiev (Italy) Shigeru Kawai SK-EX

 

Kawai has provided instruments for official selection in the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition since the inaugural event was held in 1991, with top prize winner Victor Liadov selecting the EX concert grand piano at the 2nd competition held in 1994. A record 449 pianists from around the world applied to compete at this year’s 9th competition, with 72 participants selected to perform. Following three stages of qualifying, the final round was contested by 6 participants, with the first prize awarded to Italian pianist Alexander Gadjiev, who selected the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano throughout the competition. Speaking after the final, Mr Gadjiev, who also received the competition’s Audience award, explained that he had selected the SK-EX for its supremely colorful tone, allowing a great range of musical expression to be achieved.

Third place prize winner Alexei Melnikov (Russia), Fourth place prize winner and Chamber Music award winner Florian Mitrea (Romania), and Diploma of Outstanding Merit award winner Miura Kenji (Japan) also selected the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX throughout each round of the competition.


As one of three piano manufacturers’ instruments available for official selection, the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX proved extremely popular among contestants throughout the competition. In the first round, 24 of the 72 participants selected Kawai, followed by 11 out of 24 contestants in the second round. Of the remaining 12 participants that reached the third round, 7 pianists selected Kawai, while the final was contested by 6 individuals, 3 of whom performed using the SK-EX.

 

About the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

Established in 1991 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Hamamatsu’s inauguration as a city, the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition is held every three years, and seeks to promote the unique musical history and tradition of the region. The competition provides an opportunity for young pianists from all corners of the globe to exhibit their technical skill and artistic ability, while advancing international exchange through world music culture.

 

About the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX full concert grand piano

Unveiled in 2001 as the flagship instrument of the Shigeru Kawai line, the SK-EX concert grand piano is hand-crafted in limited numbers following a unique ‘prototyping’ creation process. In order to achieve the supreme range of expression required in a concert piano, each instrument utilizes a variety of carefully selected materials, with premium aged spruce soundboards. Shigeru Kawai instruments adopt the advanced Millennium III keyboard action, featuring extended wooden keys and advanced ABS Carbon action parts, providing superior speed and responsiveness than conventional wooden action parts, allowing pianists to express a greater range of feeling and emotion in their performance.

The World's Gold Standard of Concert Grand Pianos


The Shigeru Kawai SK-EXL Concert Grand Piano embodies the pursuit of Kawai's 'gold standard' of piano creation: a peerless instrument, fashioned from the very finest materials, and crafted by passionate artisans drawing upon generations of knowledge and experience. Fewer than twenty are crafted each year for the entire world.


Shigeru Kawai Pianos


Dream. Honor. Passion. Soul. The life of Shigeru Kawai


The technology that supports the sounds produced by the Shigeru Kawai are created by the craftsman who have dedicated their lives to building the world’s finest pianos. Every single step, each intricately detailed design, is performed without urgency—as our craftsmen draw upon their years of experience to achieve their relentless pursuit of perfection. It’s this good, old-fashioned care and great individual pride that enables our pianos to attract the greatest musicians from around the world.

In the Shigeru Kawai Research and Development Laboratory in Japan, our renowned Master Piano Artisans patiently craft one of the world’s finest musical instruments—the EXL Concert Grand Piano. Combining our time-tested methods of origin with today's most sophisticated piano design tools each EXL Concert Piano is conceived as a “next step” in the evolving art of the piano. The scarcity of materials used and the painstaking attention devoted to each EXL Concert Piano make these instruments rare indeed. Fewer than twenty are crafted each year for all the world. But to truly understand the EXL is to play it. Only then, in its transcendent tone and incomparable touch, will you fully sense the passion, the devotion... the spirit of Kawai.
The Artisans... The Shigeru Kawai piano is perfected by an elite brand of artisan craftsman. Each of Shigeru Kawai's twenty Master Piano artisans is at the pinnacle of his profession. With remarkable skills proven in the worlds' finest concert halls and international piano competitions, each artisan brings a seasoned wealth of experience and passion to his craft. Upon completion of a finished work, the craftsman adds his name to the piano’s rich pedigree as a symbol of devotion and pride.
Skillfully Handcrafted… The Shigeru Kawai piano is born of the same advanced origins that distinguish every Shigeru Kawai creation. Yet, the skilled application of detailed handwork at every level of the crafting process – often as much as five times more than other pianos – set the Shigeru piano apart in a place all its own.
Japanese “Ezo” Spruce… The show-shrouded mountains of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, are home to the rare Ezo Spruce. The extreme climate and lofty altitude of Hokkaido produce a wood that is prized for its close, even grain. Available in strictly limited quantities, Ezo Spruce provides exceptional energy transmission and tonal projection.
Kigarashi Premium-Aged Soundboards... In the language of wood, "kigarashi" means "finding balance through time and nature, “ In the kigarashi process, solid Ezo spruce soundboards are allowed to season naturally. The process is arduous and requires much patience. The result is a supremely rich tonal quality that is unsurpassed. Only soundboards that can endure the demanding kigarashi process are deemed worthy of the Shigeru piano.
The Most Precise Piano Action in the World… More than three decades of research and development have resulted in the most respected piano action available today. The “Millennium III Action” with ABS-Carbon™ stands alone in providing the finest combination of strength, stability, precision and reliability.
Exclusive “Shiko Seion” Hammers… “Shiko Seion” is translated “the highest level of voicing.” Shiko Seion hammers are made and voiced entirely by our Master Piano Artisans with a select blend of New Zealand and Australian long-fiber wool. They are hand-pressed, reinforced and formed without artificial hardeners to deliver unmatched dynamics and expression for the artist.
Temaki Bass Strings… “Temaki” literally means “hand-rolled.” In the unhurried Temaki process, the artisan patiently directs the winding of each bass string by hand for absolute precision and tension, which ensures exquisite tonal depth.
Concert Style, Dual-Pivot Damper Pedal… The Dual-Pivot design offers the player unparalleled control and responsiveness in proportional pedaling.
A Rare Treasure… Fewer than one percent of all Kawai instruments will ever bear the name Shigeru. The rigorous degree of handwork and use of specially chosen materials keeps these instruments rare in both character and quantity. Each Shigeru piano is a Limited Edition treasure, selectively numbered for North America by year of creation.
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