Portræt af Shigeru Kawai

A dream

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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 labor and his love but his life.
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.


 


Kigarashi premium aged soundboards (kē-gah-rah'-shē)

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.


shiko seion hammers (shkō say-own')

Shiko Seion hammers, which take their name from the Japanese words for “ultimate voicing,” are the exclusive province of our Master Piano Artisans 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.


Konsei katagi rim (kōn'-say kah-tah'-gē)

The exclusive Konsei Katagi rim uses a blend of distinctive hardwoods to achieve an ideal balance of tone. For the inner rim, small-pored hardwoods that provide superior brightness and projection are interlaminated with dense, large-pored hardwoods offering warmth and fullness. This synergy of structurally divergent hardwoods produces a powerful, well-rounded richness of tone that is the hallmark of the Shigeru piano.


Stretcher over-lap integrated design (SOLID Construction)

Stretcher Over-Lap Integrated Design (SOLID) creates an exceptionally rigid foundation to support string tension. With SOLID construction, the pinblock is hand-fitted to the plate. The pinblock and over-lapping stretcher bar are then integrated into a single structure and solidly anchored to the rim. The resulting framework possesses outstanding strength and rigidity to ensure stable tuning and powerful tone.


Millennium III action

Our acclaimed Millennium III Action uses state-of-the-art ABS-Carbon components that are exceptionally light and rigid to provide faster repetition and more power with less effort. Microscopic surface textures on selected action parts provide superb response and control.


Extended keysticks

The overall length of each keystick is extended to make playing easier and provide more even touch and response from the front to the back of the playing surface. Keysticks are also designed with a slightly taller profile for maximum rigidity to deliver greater power.


Concert-length key buttons

The use of hardwood maple key buttons adds stiffness to the keysticks for improved energy transfer. The redesigned key buttons on the Shigeru Concert Series instruments have been doubled in length to provide exceptional energy transfer and optimum power.


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.


All-spruce beams

Spruce is known for its outstanding ability to conduct and conserve sound energy. However, it is generally considered too precious for use as a structural material. For the Shigeru pianos, all of the underside beams are made entirely of the highest quality spruce.



Shigeru Kawai Pianos er blevet udvalgt af følgende institutioner:

Academy of Arts (Serbia) American Academy of Dramatic Arts (USA) Anglo-Chinese Junior College (Singapore)
Anton Bruckner Konservatorium (Austria) Australia Music Examination Board (NSW & WA, Australia) Bielsko-Biala Music School (Poland)
Brigham Young University (USA) Carrollwood Cultural Center (USA) Central Conservatory of Music (China)
China Conservatory of Music (China) Chapman University (USA) Clayton State University (USA)
Colburn Conservatory of Music (USA) Columbia College, Chicago (USA) Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal (Canada)
Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Gatineau (Canada) Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Rimouski (Canada) Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Saguenay (Canada)
Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Val-d'Or (Canada) Conservatoire de Guyancourt (France) Conservatoire de Limoges (France)
Conservatoire de Poitiers (France) Conservatoire de Thouars (France) Conservatoire de St. Brieuc (France)
Conservatorio Arrigo Pedrollo (Italy) Conservatorio Jacopo Tomadini (Italy) Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Cullera (Spain)
Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Lliria (Spain) Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia (Spain) Conservatorio Superior de Música de Alicante (Spain)
Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castellón (Spain) Conservatori Superior de Música de les Illes Balears (Spain) Ecole de Musique du Bocage Bressuirais (France)
Egå Gymnasium (Denmark) Etta and Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center (USA) Glazbeno uilište Elly Baši (Croatia)
Heisei College of Music (Japan) Istituto Superiore Rinaldo Franci (Italy) Interlochen Center for the Arts (USA)
Jacksonville University (USA) Jazz & Rock Schulen, Freiburg (Germany) Kyoto City University of Arts (Japan)
LaGrange College (USA) Laugalækjarskóli (Iceland) Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum (Germany)
Mississippi University for Women (USA) Mogilev State Art College (Belarus) Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Russia)
Music Academy Mlinaric Vladimir (Slovenia) Music School Nova Gorica (Slovenia) Music School Slovenske Konjice (Slovenia)
Music School Trebnje (Slovenia) Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences (Japan) National Center for the Performing Arts (China)
National Taichung University of Education (Taiwan) National Taipei University of Education (Taiwan) National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
Newington College (Australia) Nordiska Musikgymnasiet (Sweden) Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norway)
Osaka College of Music (Japan) Pacific Union College (USA) Popakemie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)
Puko otvoreno uilište Pore (Croatia) Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia) Raffles Institution (Singapore)
Reinhardt University (USA) School of the Arts (Singapore) Scotch College, Melbourne (Australia)
Scotch College, Perth (Australia) Scott’s College (Australia) Seitoku University (Japan)
Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China) Shorter University (USA) Showa Academia Musicae (Japan)
Sichuan Conservatory Of Music (China) Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra (Poland) Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany)
Tallinna Muusikakeskkool (Estonia) The Savoy Hotel (London) Tokyo College of Music (Japan)
Tokyo Gakugei University (Japan) Tougaloo College (USA) University of Houston (USA)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) University of Western Australia (Australia) University of West Georgia (USA)
Waseda University (Japan) Wheaton College (USA) Wuhan Conservatory of Music (China)
Xi’an Conservatory of Music (China) Xinghai Conservatory of Music (China) Zamosc Music School (Poland)