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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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  • Avatar Steph ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    I bought a piano (Kawai Anytime X upright) from Richard a number of years ago and he has been a shining example of customer focused care. During purchase he was very helpful and knowledgeable (he really knows his stuff about the physics, … More materials, inner mechanical workings, and so on involved in a piano). After purchase he’s been very responsive to my queries and always goes that extra mile to help.
    I recently moved flats, and went back to him for piano moving services (since I was very happy with the service when they delivered the piano after I bought it), and that was fantastic too - those guys had my very heavy piano out the flat, navigating what turned out to be a rather awkward stairwell, in 15 minutes!! They are fully equipped and strapped my piano in safely with proper quilted covering.
    His logistics team was really great too on the day. Easy to contact and very kind and understanding about the stresses of moving!
    I would recommend Richard Lawson Pianos to anyone considering buying, or moving, a piano.
  • Avatar Matt Bradbeer ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    Purchased a great Yamaha Digital piano the other weekend. The whole process was made incredibly easy and fun by Colin, the Sales Manager. Informative, considered and direct with helpful opinions on what piano would suit. Piano delivered … More within days with the old one taken away by a friendly pair of gentlemen. Very happy.
  • Avatar Sung-a Chang ★★★★★ a month ago
    Mr Lawson is the most professional and customer-focused piano expert I have found. He has been providing the best service and value to my piano students and myself, and we are incredibly happy with the pianos, competitive prices and service … More from him. The range and choice of pianos he offers is considerable, and you can rely on him to find you the instrument to suit your needs and budget. I have no hesitation in recommending Mr Lawson for your piano investment.
  • Avatar Eva Del Sastre ★★★★★ a month ago
    Wide selection of pianos, professional advice from Colin who kindly answered all our questions in person and online. We were very late to our appointment on a Friday afternoon but when we arrived we were made to feel comfortable and not … More rushed at all in making a decision
    Transportation was seamless with the piano being delivered on time and positioned perfectly on the right spot.
    All in all we are very happy with the whole experience and of course with our new piano. I could not recommend them more.
  • Avatar sarah woordward ★★★★★ a month ago
    Just bought a grand piano here. Visited on a Sunday and Colin spent time telling me about the pianos in my price range and answering my questions before leaving me to try them out as I wished. I decided and paid on the Monday and then the … More piano was delivered yesterday (Tuesday) - so all very quickly organised! Emails and phone calls were responded to promptly, delivery done very professionally. A pleasure to deal with. Thank you. Review by Sharon
  • Avatar Jack Stuart ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    From booking a man appointment to the piano arriving the service has been excellent.
    I had researched a number of different piano retailers but Richard Lawson had fantastic reviews so I thought I’d have a look here first. I wasn’t
    … More disappointed! There is a massive selection of pianos and Colin kindly took me through all of the ones that fitted my needs (about 20!). He understood what I was looking for in a piano and I had a number that I could have picked.
    Delivery was swift and arranged at a convenient time. The delivery drivers were experts and quickly manoeuvred the piano through the corners in my house. Now I have the pleasure of playing a fantastic instrument.
    A big thank you to Colin and the rest of the team
  • Avatar Rickardo Santana ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    I have no idea of Pianos but do have an experienced teacher for my Son and a second opinion from a musician who spent many years in the London Philharmonic orchestra.
    The Yamaha U3 I bought for my son have great tone in excellent condition
    … More at a very competitive price.
    I have no idea so I know I have been a complete nuisance to deal with. I asked many questions , some of which I didn't understand (That is the danger of google).
    I wanted a new instrument on a low tight budget.
    Colin and Richard are not pushy salesmen they do not need to be they are backed by a solid reputation, what they are is caring , honest, patient and good listeners. I got more that what i wanted.
    I expected the delivery to be cumbersome but that was smoother that flying to New York first class using a limousine service. Again experienced humble gentlemen in and out in minutes with no issues.
    I would not hesitate to recommend Richard Lawson Pianos to any potential buyer or seller and you will have a great experience.
  • Avatar Antoaneta Boykova ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Excellent service, beautiful pianos!
    I have bought a UX3 Yamaha 2 weeks ago and I am an extremely happy customer!
    Delivery was quick and professional!
    Thank you, Richard!
  • Avatar Neelem Mahmood ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Exceptional! From the initial conversation to selection, to delivery: the choice, service, and experience Richard offers is simply remarkable. So pleased with our purchase and the care Richard took to ensure my son got what he wanted, … More when he wanted it. Thank you! Neelem
  • Avatar Madhusudhanan Sethuraman ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Best place to buy a piano. Very good customer service. Extremely happy with my purchase. Highly recommend Richard Lawson Pianos !!
  • Avatar Jim Spencer ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Couldn't rate our experience of Lawson Pianos more highly. Incredibly knowledgeable about their wide range of pianos and we are thrilled with our purchase. We are also appreciative to them really pulling out the stops to have the piano … More delivered so quickly. Excellent service all round and wouldn't hesitate in recommending.
  • Avatar Katy Whitham ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    We bought our Yamaha U1 upright piano from Richard a year ago, just before lockdown. It is a wonderful piano that has brought lots of joy during this past year. I would recommend Richard Lawson pianos to all. We travelled down from Yorkshire … More as we could not find anywhere else in the UK that has as much choice in one showroom. Thanks again Richard for a great piano.
  • Avatar Caroline Hendry-Smith ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Richard was extremely helpful with us choosing a grand piano. The showroom is very spacious with a huge selection of wonderful pianos. He let us spend as much time as we needed without hurrying us but was there to ask questions if required. … More Communication both before and after delivery was excellent. Delivery was very quick and efficient. We now have a wonderful instrument that will be enjoyed by all the family.
  • Avatar Simon McCarthy ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    First class service from Richard. A stunning white Yamaha U3 which looks incredible in our open plan extension. Great price and really good delivery service.
  • Avatar Rich Ahern ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Richard supported me in choosing a piano as a gift for my wife. He gave great guidance, really listening to what I was looking for, then steering me in the right direction. The result, I ended up with an amazing piano that looks stunning … More and plays beautifully........oh and a very happy wife 😄
  • Avatar moshe weiss ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Just got my YAMAHA U3 today in brilliant condition and within the time frame of the promised delivery time!!!
    Exceptional service!!! Unparalleled quality!!! Exclusive selection and loads of great stuff to choose from!!!
    Would highly recommend
    … More anyone that is looking to buy a piano DON'T GO ANYWHERE!!!!!
    Fabulous customer service - so patient and helpful Richard went out of his way to try get us the right finance option and he found it!!!
  • Avatar Mehryar Faramarzi ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I am over the moon with my new piano !!!
    I purchased the SK-3 kawai, it sounds and looks amazing!
    If you are looking for a lovely life time piano with fantastic professional customer service, Richard Lawson Pianos is the one!
    The experience
    … More from the moment I walked in to the show room till the moment that the piano got delivered to my house was amazing & I had my piano in my living room less than a week.
    Very reliable, professional & friendly service.
    Highly recommended to anyone looking for good quality pianos in SE England.
    🙏🙏🙏 Thank you Richard!
  • Avatar Wendy Simpson ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Fantastic and trustworthy piano company. Colin has been brilliant, finding the right U1 piano at a fair price: all at a distance too, he played different pianos and sent videos of them and offered expert advice. The piano arrived safely, … More professionally and quickly.
  • Avatar Elaine Auyoung ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Richard was really helpful and patient as we selected a secondhand Yamaha G2. We were pretty indecisive and just coming back to piano after a decade out of practice, so it was invaluable to have his expertise to guide us. He even kindly … More sent two options of stool around so we could decide which one we liked better in our home. Super prompt delivery too. We're very happy with the purchase so far.
  • Avatar Simon Cooper ★★★★★ 9 months ago
    Richard helped my son find a grand piano to help him continue his studies - in the end we settled on a secondhand Yamaha with beautiful tone, at a great price. Richard's team prepared the piano brilliantly and even stored it until … More we were ready for delivery. Delivery went smoothly and on a day which suited and I'm pleased to say my son is very happy! Many thanks and I recommend anyone to take a trip to his showroom - we took a 2 hour drive having not been able to find what we were looking for nearer. Thanks again
  • Avatar wed happily ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    We have purchased two pianos (Yamaha U3 and Yamama C3 Grand Piano) from Richard Lawson over the last decade and both have been absolutely brilliant. You really need to trust your piano dealer, as some of them sadly are like used car salesmen. … More Richard on the other hand is trustworthy, empathetic, reasonable, knowledgeable and a solid investment. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for a second, as he's my only choice. Thank you for the beautiful music!

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