Family owned company
With the current President, Hirotaka Kawai, being the grandson of the founder, they remain a truly family run company.
ABS Carbon and Styran
Leaders in the use of composite materials, such as carbon fibre and Styran, the Kawai mechanisms are extremely hard wearing, resistant to climatic fluctuations and are more efficient than traditional ‘all wooden’ mechanisms. Internationally other major brands, such as Baldwin and Mason & Hamlin, are starting to utilise composite parts and Steingreuber are developing carbon fibre soundboards. This is the new direction of 21st Century piano technology.
The tone design of KAWAI is distinctive in its warmth and sonority. This distinguishes their pianos from other brands and gives them a unique tonal character.
In their mechanical design KAWAI have chosen a firm touch with a slightly heavier downward resistance and very fast key return speed. This makes their mechanisms highly controllable and extremely fast.
Being a top rate international brand gives Kawai excellent value retention, and should you wish to upgrade at any stage we offer very attractive buy back prices.
As the distributors for Kawai in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, we import directly from Japan, which allows us to provide extremely competitive pricing as well as the best level of support from the manufacturer.
Green & toys
Kawai has also received awards for excellence in environmental management and conservation. While other piano manufacturers destroy the wood remnants from their production, Kawai use this variety of hardwoods to produce a beautifully crafted range of children’s toys, including a range of toy pianos that actually play! Go to www.kawaitoys.co.za to view the available toys and toy pianos
International piano competitions are like the Formula 1 of the piano industry. Kawai are frequently selected by the winners of such major competitions as their instrument of choice. These include:
- The 14th Iturbi International Piano Competition (Spain) First Prize Winner selected Kawai
- The 42nd ARD International Piano Competition (Germany) First Prize Winner selected Kawai
- The 23rd William Kapell International Piano Competition (USA) First, Second and Third Prize Winners selected Kawai
- The 45th Ferrucio Busoni International Piano Competition (Italy) First Prize Winner selected Kawai
- The 2nd Rachmaninov International Piano Competitions (Russia) First and Third Prize Winners selected Kawai
- The 8th Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia) First Prize Winner selected Kawai
- The 10th Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (Russia) Top Two Prize Winners selected Kawai
- The 9th van Cliburn International Piano Competition (USA) First Prize Winner selected Kawai
- The 27th Casagrande International Piano Competition (Italy) First and Third Prize Winners selected Kawai
In South Africa Kawai have been chosen by numerous institutions, schools, hotels and performance venues, including:
- The South African College of Music at UCT
- Rhodes University
- The Mount Nelson Hotel
- Bishops, Herschel, Westerford and SACS.
They have also been chosen by many leading pianists and teachers in South Africa.
KAWAI pianos have been selected by many institutions around the world including:
- Oxford and Cambridge Universities
- The Barbican Centre
- Trinity College of Music
- Los Angeles Opera House
- Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities
- The Paris Opera