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About Kawai

Learn about the rich history of Kawai

Kawai Timeline

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Kawai founded in Hamamatsu

Koichi Kawai begins crafting pianos and makes the first piano action designed in Japan

1927

1927
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First grand piano made

1928
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Koichi Kawai Blue Ribbon Medal

Koichi Kawai first person in the industry to be awarded the Blue Ribbon Medal

1950

1953
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Shigeru Kawai, President of Kawai

He succeeds Koichi Kawai at the age of just 33 and pioneers new manufacturing techniques

1955

1955
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Kawai Electronic Organs

Kawai enters the digital age with its first non-acoustic musical instruments

1960
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Kawai Academy of Music founded

Many thousands of students have attended Kawai Music Schools across Japan

1960
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Aluminium Actions Rails

Kawai introduces actions rails made of aluminium

1965
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ABS

ABS is first introduced in Kawai upright piano actions

1970
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Kawai Publishing launched

Musical score and sheet music publishing

1974
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ABS

ABS is utilised in Kawai grand piano actions

1975
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Grand Piano Factory and Piano Research Lab established in Ryuyo, Japan

Recognised as one of the most high-tech and efficient piano factories in the world

1980

1980
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Aluminium Action Brackets

Kawai introduces die cast aluminium action brackets

1980
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Kawai Australia established

Distribution, sales and technical support facility opens to serve Australia & New Zealand

1981
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Carbon Fibre

Exclusive carbon fibre Black Jack introduced on Kawai grand piano actions

1984
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Kawai Digital Pianos launched

Kawai digital pianos added to product line up

1986

1986
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Hirotaka Kawai, President of Kawai

Shigeru’s son, Hirotaka, continues the family tradition and leads the company to this day

Shigeru Kawai becomes Chairman

1989

1989
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Lowrey Organ Company

One of the leading musical instruments companies in the USA purchased by Kawai

1990
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Kawai Asia

Manufacturing for the Asian market begins in Malaysia

1991
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Kawai America

Manufacturing begins in the USA

1995
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ISO 14001 Environmental Certification

First in the piano manufacturing industry to achieve this level of environmental management

1997

1997
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Japan Institute of Good Design

Awarded for the Kawai Ku-50 digital piano range

1997
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Shigeru Kawai Concert Grands

Kawai’s handcrafted, limited edition grand piano concert series is created at Ryuyo

2000

1999
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Kawai Karawan

State of the art manufacturing facility opened in Karawan, Indonesia

2001
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Millennium III Action

The incredibly responsive action with carbon fibre parts, designed and patented by Kawai

2006

2004
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MMR Piano Range of the Year

Awarded by the leading US musical instruments magazine, MMR, to the Kawai RX series of grand pianos

2005

2005
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MMR Acoustic of the Year

Awarded not once, but four years in a row to K-3 Upright, Acoustic Piano of the Year

2009

2009
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New Series Shigeru Kawai Concert grands

2012

2012
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Kawai GX Professional Series released

2013

2013
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Extended Keysticks

For improved balance and responsiveness, introduced in the new GX Series grand pianos

2013

2013
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Kawai new K Series released

2014

2014
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MMR Award

MP Series – Professional Digital Piano Line of the Year

2014

2014
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MMR Award

CN Series – Product Excellence Award

2014
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Kawai wins at NAMM

Kawai CS-10 Hybrid Digital Piano wins Music Editor’s Choice at NAMM in the US

2014

2014
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Kawai Today

Employing 4000 people and creating superb pianos for customers across the world

2015

2015
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Kawai GL Grand piano series released

2015

2015
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  • MP Pro Stage Pianos
    Regarded by music industry insiders as among the best stage pianos around, the MP Series offers unrivalled touch, sound and live performance control to meet the demands of professional musicians.
  • Kawai CA Series
    The Concert Artist range is quite simply our finest digital piano collection. Kawai's heritage in crafting fine acoustic instruments inspired these digital pianos that deliver an exceptional musical experience.
  • Kawai CS Series
    The Classic Series of premium digital pianos combines Kawai's superior keyboard action and sound technology with polished ebony cabinets. A collection of instruments that play as beautifully as they look.
  • Kawai CN Series
    Kawai's affordable CN Series features sophisticated technology found in some high end instruments and sets a bold new standard in digital piano value and performance.
  • ES Portable Pianos
    Compact and portable, the multi-purpose ES Series pianos feature realistic keyboard actions, powerful speakers and a selection of excellent sounds suitable for various musical opportunities.
  • Kawai KCP/KDP Series
    KDP and KCP instruments are some of the most popular entry level digital pianos in Australia and New Zealand, offering impressive touch and tone technology, fun features, and exceptional value.
  • Shigeru Kawai
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  • GX Professional Series
    Defining the 'Made in Japan' philosophy of disciplined craft with technological innovation. A superb series of rich, vivid, expressive grand pianos.
  • GL Classic Series
    Our dramatic new range of grand pianos with modern styling and the design intelligence to allow the player to achieve full musical artistry.
  • AnyTimeX2 Series
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