When a master craftsman produces his finest work, it is not unusual that he should name it after himself. After all, this is the culmination of all his efforts, that for which he hopes to be remembered. Shigeru Kawai was no exception.
Son of a master piano builder (and apprentice of Torakusu Yamaha) Koichi Kawai, Shigeru believed in his father’s principle of making every piece the best it could possibly be. After decades in pursuit of perfection, Shigeru Kawai produced his tour de force in 2000. Like the Ferrari sports car company around the same time, Kawai was so proud of what he had created that he decided to brand it with his full name. Shigeru Kawai products are the finest models Kawai have to offer, and if you’ve ever played a Kawai piano of any model you’ll realise just what a statement that is. The full range of Shigeru Kawai Grands are available from our showroom in Amersham.
If you love the tone of a finely crafted piano, be sure to find a Shigeru Kawai for sale before settling for any other model. The attention to detail in these instruments really is second to none, and the combination of traditional and cutting edge materials mean they offer performance which can surprise even the most seasoned player. Discerning enthusiasts have been so enticed by this model that it can sometimes be difficult to find a Shigeru Kawai piano for sale locally, so a trip to our showroom is a must.
A beautiful musical instrument is purchased with the heart, not the head, and when you hear the haunting sound of a Shigeru Kawai, price is irrelevant. In the case of a mature product like a piano, marginal improvements come only as a result of unstinting determination. For those who understand that, a Shigeru Kawai for sale represents a triumph of resolve, the pinnacle of an ancient and noble craft.
Shigeru Kawai passed away in 2006, leaving a legacy which will be treasured for generations. These pianos are his eulogy.
Shigeru Kawai SK2 Grand Piano£30,995.00
Shigeru Kawai SK3 Grand Piano£35,995.00
Shigeru Kawai SK5 Grand Piano£49,345.00
Shigeru Kawai SK6 Grand Piano£59,995.00
Shigeru Kawai SK3 Grand Piano in Pyramid Mahogany£59,995.00
Shigeru Kawai SK7 Grand Piano£64,595.00
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand (Ex Demo)£99,995.00
Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand£133,395.00
The Shigeru Kawai Collection
The Shigeru Kawai range is made up of 6 grand pianos. The SK2 through to the SK7, not forgetting the pinnacle of the collection – the SK-EX.
More than 3 decades of research, development and meticulous dedication to detail go into each and every piano produced as part of the Shigeru range, putting these pianos in a class of their own.
Kigarashi premium-aged soundboards
The kigarashi process involves allowing solid Ezo Spruce soundboards to season naturally – a laborious and time-consuming task – but the results are worth it. These soundboards offer a tonal quality unparalleled by any other instrument.
Shiko Seion hammers
These special hammers are made and voiced using a blend of New Zealand and Australian long-fibre wool. Hand-pressed and reinforced without the use of artificial hardeners to produce unrivalled dynamics and expression.
Temaki bass strings
‘Temaki’ translates to ‘hand rolled’ and it is this painstaking attention to detail – winding each base string individually by hand – that produces the tonal depth these pianos are famed for.
Dual-pivot damper pedal
These concert style pedals give players precision control and responsiveness.
Buy a Shigeru Kawai piano
Such a detailed production process means Shigeru pianos are only produced in minimal numbers – adding to their exclusivity.
Don’t miss out! Here at Richard Lawson Pianos, we are delighted to be able to offer Shigeru Kawai pianos for sale.
Shop the collection above or to experience the splendour in person, why not make an appointment to visit our showroom?
The name Kawai is synonymous with quality, but you won’t be the first person to question the difference between ‘Shigeru Kawai’ and simply ‘Kawai’.
Principally, Kawai is a family name, stemming from the original master piano maker, Koichi Kawai.
All pianos crafted by this now world-renowned brand carry the Kawai name as a proud hallmark of quality. However, it is only the elite grand pianos that also bear the title of ‘Shigeru’.
When Koichi sadly passed in 1955, his son, Shigeru (hence the name), continued in the pursuit of musical perfection, which gave rise to the Shigeru Kawai piano collection.
There’s so much that could be said about the Shigeru Kawai Pianos that to simply describe them as ‘good’ seems woefully inaccurate.
This is an instrument born from an intense desire to achieve perfection – and exceed it. And we firmly believe it does just that.
With a Shigeru Kawai, you can expect no less than the absolute best. Intelligent design, unrivalled craftsmanship, precision, and mesmerising sound combine to create a piano that captures the heart of everyone fortunate enough to hear one being played.
The Shigeru range is made up of 6 grand pianos, each one more exquisite than the next and culminating in the crème de la crème of instruments – the SK-EX concert grand.
To discover more about what makes every piano in Shigeru Kawai range so special, why not make an appointment to visit our showrooms and experience the magic for yourself?
This is an elite breed of instrument. As a labour of love, the skill and dedication involved in each and every one means that they are produced in limited numbers.
Fewer than 100 Shigeru Kawai pianos are crafted each year, and less than 20 of those are the exclusive SK-EX concert grand! Spread that production number around the globe and it’s easy to see why getting hold of one of these pianos can be difficult!
At Richard Lawson Pianos, we are proud to be one of few retailers to offer Shigeru Kawai pianos – we’re even lucky enough to currently have the SK-EX in stock!
These are pianos in high demand. Why not shop the range now, or get in touch with a member of the team to talk in more detail?
The collection opens with the SK-2 grand piano which starts from £25,545. The pinnacle of the collection – and jewel in the crown – is the stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand. A musical masterpiece, this piano retails at £126,995.
Whether at the top or bottom of the range, it’s reassuring to know that with Richard Lawson you can be confident of fair and competitive pricing – always.
More than you want to pay? We pride ourselves on offering pianos for every player and every budget. Take a look at our extensive collection or speak to a member of the team for help finding a piano to suit your needs.