Shigeru Kawai of Japan
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.
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 honor. 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.
A Shigeru piano is much more than the intelligent application of material, labor 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.
The love of music-making runs deep in those who pursue the esteemed rank of Master Piano Artisan. For many, it is a visceral sense of calling that inspires this unique quest for mastery. The road is long and arduous. One must prove himself worthy in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and international piano competitions. But, for those who attain it, the role of Master Piano Artisan provides the rare privilege of crafting the tools of endless possibility. Imbued with the artisan’s own musical sensibilities, each Shigeru piano is a distinctive work of unbounded potential—ready to discover its true and lasting voice at the touch of the artist’s hands.