over one hundred years ago, in a humble workshop in japan, koichi kawai embarked upon a journey – a spiritual quest to design and build a piano that would one day be called “the finest”. a generation later, this dream burned intensely in the heart of shigeru kawai.

To Shigeru, the dream represented not just his origins, but his destiny – an unrelenting force that would launch a lifetime of devotion in the pursuit of perfection. In the Shigeru Kawai piano, you will see not just his labour and his love – but his life.

honour is sacred to every culture, and certainly to the japanese. it is a noble covenant that binds an individual’s “words and deeds” inextricably with the value and substance of his name. there is no greater demonstration of honour, no greater commitment, than to place one’s name upon the work of one’s hands.

From initial design, to the selection of the finest materials, to the handcrafted assembly by Master Piano Artisans, each Shigeru piano is a work of uncompromising craftsmanship, a symbol of unending devotion – a profound expression of pride and honour.

For Shigeru Kawai, there could be no other way.

the passion for excellence dwells deeply within the heart of every shigeru craftsman.

Like members of a great orchestra, each craftsman brings forth a seasoned wealth of skill and artistry that compels the whole to surpass the sum of its parts. Day by day, the craftsman strives to leave an indelible mark upon each creation – an inexpressible emblem of intense desire and duty.

It is this symphony of passionate energies that has elevated the Shigeru piano to the lofty strata shared by few and respected by all.
caring for the planet comes naturally to those who create the shigeru kawai pianos. after all, nature itself provides the materials from which these magnificent instruments are crafted.

In 1997, our Ryuyo Grand Piano Factory became the first in the piano industry to receive ISO14001, the world’s most prestigious certification for excellence in environmental management. Work groups continuously monitor and improve emissions and waste control, green procurement, and a host of other energy conservation and environmental protection measures. The Kawai Forest Project has already planted over 350,000 seedlings with a goal to have over 500,000 new trees planted by the end of the decade.

These vital efforts will continue to be a part of every piano we build. That is our promise to you – and to our world.
a shigeru piano is much more than the intelligent application of material, labour 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.