For 90 years, Kawai pianos have been at the forefront of piano innovation. In fact, Kawai calls itself “The Future of the Piano.” The company blends traditional craftsmanship with modern design techniques for a one-of-a-kind playing experience.
More than 100 years ago, in the tiny town of Hamamatsu, Japan, young Koichi Kawai designed a unique pedal-driven cart. As the son of a wagon-maker, he’d been encouraged to try inventive engineering techniques.
Seeing the design genius behind the cart, a local reed organ maker invited Kawai to become his apprentice. During the 1920s, Kawai gained extensive knowledge about organs and pianos and patented many new inventions related to the field. In 1927, he joined with seven colleagues to found a company dedicated to building the world’s finest piano.
Kawai pianos quickly revived a struggling Japanese piano industry, and Koichi Kawai was awarded the prestigious Blue Ribbon Medal by the emperor. In the ensuing decades, Kawai America Corporation and Kawai Canada Music have developed a loyal following.
Kawai makes grand pianos, upright pianos, digital pianos, professional keyboards, and innovative hybrid instruments that cross categories.
Ex Concert Piano: Fewer than 20 of these pianos are created each year, using a painstaking process developed in the Kawai laboratory. This piano uses scarce materials and time-tested methods to produce what the company calls “transcendent tone,” honoring Koichi Kawai’s mission of creating the world’s finest piano.
GX Blak Series: This series includes six pianos, each with a custom blend of qualities for specific playing experiences.
GL Series: This series uses a patented Kawai system called CORE to provide outstanding power and sustain.
CR40A: This is Kawai’s famous crystal grand piano. Its exact components and design are a trade secret, but it produces exceptional sound with crystal-clear tonal quality.
K-Series Professional Uprights: These professional-level pianos combine tradition and innovation. There are five models in the K-Series, each with a different mix of component types, cabinet sizes, key lengths, and other qualities sought by professional players who need something that feels customized to them.
AnyTime Pianos: Kawai invented this unique style of hybrid piano to play with headphones or reduced sound. Use it where quiet is required, like apartments, retirement communities, near babies’ rooms, and spaces where people are sleeping.
Decorator Series: Pianos don’t have to be black. The decorator series has three pianos made of rich, natural wood for elegant interior design. It has the same sound as any top-quality Kawai piano.
Institutional Series: Affordable, playable, and durable, these pianos are perfect for institutional settings, like churches, schools, studios, and public spaces.
Continental Series: Made in the Continental style, these pianos are designed with superior responsiveness that rivals any of Kawai’s larger pianos.
Kawai makes a huge variety of digital pianos that come in many forms. Some are intended to reproduce Kawai’s traditional piano sound, and some step fully into the digital space for innovative soundscapes. Highlights include:
CA Series: This series shows how authentic a digital piano can sound.
CE/CL/KDP Digitals: Kawai calls these the world’s most innovative digital pianos.
ES Portables: This is Kawai’s line of fully portable pianos.
Virtual: It’s billed as the first virtual controller made by a real piano company.
Music Lab: These are Kawai’s cutting-edge teaching devices.