Shigeru Kawai

About Shigeru Kawai

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.

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4.9 ★★★★★ 194 reviews

  • alice lee ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    Love the experience in purchasing the upright Yamaha piano here. Collin was very patient and gave many useful advice. Here has many quality upright pianos to choose from. Very trust worthy company. Highly recommended.
  • Janet Davies ★★★★★ a month ago
    Very helpful service and advice when I was looking to upgrade my digital piano. I enjoyed the opportunity to try out the pianos and to make my decision at my own pace. I opted for the Kawai CA99 and am loving my new piano. The whole … More process from reviewing the website, to booking an appointment, placing an order to the delivery of the piano was very efficient and I was kept informed throughout. Highly recommended!
  • Jonathan Millican ★★★★★ a month ago
    Had a great experience buying from Richard Lawson pianos. I phoned on a weekend, and was able to book in to try out some pianos late that same afternoon.
    Colin was very helpful, showing me the various options that met my criteria, and
    … More the closest equivalents for those that weren't yet in stock. He patiently let me go back and forth between pianos myself, answering my many questions, politely helping me to overcome some of my preconceptions about certain brands, as well as demonstrating what each piano sounds like in the hands of a skilled pianist.
    Purchasing was easy, with RLP taking a deposit to reserve the piano (which could be transferred or refunding pending checks that my piano would fit), and then they kept me up to date up until delivery. I was able to add items to my order last minute before delivery too.
    All in all an excellent purchasing experience, and I'm delighted with the piano I received.
  • Jonathan Holland ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Richard helped me sort out a problem with a failed restoration of a Steinway piano (restoration undertaken by unrelated company). Throughout the process Richard was extremely professional, highly responsive and his understanding and empathy … More with my predicament was very much appreciated. His detailed knowledge of pianos and extended network of contacts provided options with how I could resolve the problem of the failed restoration. I have no hesitation in recommending Richard as someone with integrity who can be relied upon and will provide the highest level of customer service.
  • Andrew Wells ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Amazing range of stock and outstanding customer service. Struck the perfect balance of being attentive but also leaving plenty of time and space for me to try out different instruments without feeling awkward or rushed. Thank you Colin! … More
  • Gu o J ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Lots of pianos in beautiful showroom. Very good price. Very kind and professional people helping you to choose pianos. Recommend!
  • Neill Oldham ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Recently exchanged our piano through Richard Lawson Pianos. We specifically wanted a U5 professional upright piano and found the perfect piano there for the right price too.
    Richard welcomed me to his showroom, which is incredible. There
    … More was no 'hard-sell' and I was able to have a good play on the piano. The whole experience from viewing online, visiting the showroom, communications, delivery etc has been brilliant. Highly recommended from us!
  • Mark Jackson ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I have been looking to upgrade my upright to a grand for sometime and as soon as I arrived at Richard's showroom, I was met with a warm and friendly greeting and nothing has been to much trouble, I explained what I was looking for, … More the room and ideally my budget. Richard provided a wide range of choice and didn't just direct me to the top of my budget but showed lots of options, providing impartial advice without the sales pressure.
    I purchased an SK3 from Richard which was delivered today, the service and approach is faultless and the piano is stunning !. Whatever, piano you're looking for my best advice is talk to Richard and pay him a visit - highly recommended
  • 13Moondancer ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I ordered a Kawai CA49 digital piano on Saturday, paid for ti the same day, then received it this morning, Monday. I cannot believe how superb this company is. I have been waiting months from another company then came across Richard Lawson … More Pianos Ltd on the web. 48 hours from ordering to delivery - how superb is this?!
    Colin Smithers is so helpful; Colin answered all my queries with aplomb, even going as far as emailing me to update me at every opportunity.
    I have nothing but admiration and respect with this company, the customer service is second to none.
    All in all this has been a perfect transaction. If you are considering purchasing from this company do not hesitate as the service is exemplary.
    Many thanks to Colin for all his help and communication.
    I am a very happy lady.
  • Rachel Marshall ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Very happy with the Yamaha U1 1970s piano from Richard Lawson’s pianos. Colin was excellent throughout and very quick to respond to any questions I had throughout the process via email. So thrilled with the experience and the end result. … More Would recommend highly! Thanks again.
  • ruizhen zhang ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I have bought a piano for my son from Richard's shop. My sister and another two friends also bought pianos from his shop. Richard is very professional and nice. After buying the piano, Richard also help me several times about moving … More the piano and tuning. Whenever I asked for help, Richard is very patient. Recommend!!!
  • caihong liu ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    The sales staff were happy to listen to why we were buying a piano and helped us choose from a selection of 3 or 4 appropriate for us. The delivery happened on the date booked as did the follow-up tuning. Very happy with the whole process … More of purchasing our piano.
  • Rachel Giles ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Richard listened to my requirements, made some suggestions and then gave me plenty of time and space to try out the various pianos. He has sold me a wonderful instrument, plus a great quality stool and his after sales service is excellent. … More If I ever move to a house big enough to accommodate more pianos it is to Richard Lawson I shall return!
  • Edmond Williams ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I recently bought a stunning reconditioned Yamaha piano from Richard Lawson Pianos. I would like to thank Colin for his expert help through the whole process of purchasing the piano: from choosing the right piano, arranging finance, adding … More a 'silent system' through to the final delivery. Highly recommended for the impressive variety of pianos on offer and the very professional service.
  • Joel Posthuma de Boer ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Absolutely fantastic service from Richard and Colin! Seamless enquiry service - extremely helpful over email. Very fast delivery which was very professional too. Not forgetting the aftercare support on the phone too with small queries! … More Would definitely shop with them again, and really recommend them to anyone looking for a piano and excellent service!
  • John Moss ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I recently purchased a piano from Richard Lawson Pianos and can't recommend them highly enough. Although the piano was not one of the more expensive on offer and I bought remotely; the level of service and attention to detail from … More ordering to speedy delivery was second to none. Buy form Richard with confidence.
  • Rod Larman ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Richard Lawson Pianos came highly recommended to us and Richard didn't disappoint. From our initial visit to the showroom through to delivery and on-going service, he was so helpful and informative. The showroom is incredible and well … More worth a visit to try before you buy. We did our research and explored a number of other piano stockists but his service, product and costs were the best we found. Delivery was swift too, within a few days, with considerate movers. You won't go wrong in his hands. Thank you Richard!
  • Miss A Finlay ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    I was very impressed with the service at Richard Lawson Pianos Ltd. I ordered my piano it had to come from abroad Richard kept me updated on the progress of the order and it actually arrived ahead of schedule. Delivery was efficient and … More it is perfect in the home. I would recommend. Many thanks to Richard Lawson Pianos.
  • Brian Walters ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Richard provided an excellent personal service in helping me to choose a piano for my daughter. Unfortunately, I was too focused on quality of tone than suitability for the location of the piano in our house, and it quickly became apparent … More that the piano was too powerful for the space. This was no problem for Richard, who agreed to swap it for a size down and the exchange was made within 24 hours. Richard wasn't at all bothered that the new piano was a cheaper model - he was a gentleman to deal with throughout.
  • Straight 8 ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Richard was one of the only suppliers in the UK to have the piano I wanted in stock. The service from him was second to none, smooth efficient delivery, perfect piano, totally delighted and would highly recommend him if you need a quality … More instrument at a decent price.

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