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The Kawai Story

Kawai America Corporation

Kawai was founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai, a gifted piano craftsman, in Hamamatsu, Japan. From its humble beginnings, the company has grown to become one the largest and best known musical instrument companies in the world.

Kawai America Corporation (established in 1963) and Kawai Canada Music offer a complete line of pianos, digital pianos and professional keyboards to musicians across the United States and Canada through a network of authorized dealers.  From our North American headquarters in southern California, Kawai America and Kawai Canada manage instrument sales, advertising, marketing, artist relations and technical services.  Both companies also oversee independent sales and service representatives located throughout the United States and Canada.

Kawai’s authorized independent retailers are carefully chosen based on their ability to provide expert sales and service of Kawai instruments to our valued customers in North America.  Our online retailers are chosen with similar care. We hope they will provide you with a thorough and engaging introduction to Kawai quality.  

The Winners Choice
Kawai pianos have reached the pinnacle of international acclaim. Found on concert stages throughout the world, they continue to be selected by gold medal winners and finalists at prestigious international piano competitions across the globe.

Environmental Leadership
In 1997, Kawai became the first in the piano industry to receive ISO 14001, the world’s foremost certification for excellence in environmental management. Awarded first to Kawai’s Ryuyo Grand Piano Facility, then to the company’s Maisaka Upright Piano Factory and most recently to Kawai’s Märchen Digital Piano Facility, ISO 14001 recognized exceptional achievement in reforestation, energy conservation, waste reduction and natural resource preservation. This unceasing pursuit of environmental excellence is an integral part of Kawai’s commitment to the future – and to our world.

Technological Leadership
Kawai has earned a reputation as the technological leader in digital pianos with the highly acclaimed Concert Artist Series and Concert Performer Ensemble Series pianos. In addition, the celebrated ES Series and MP Series Stage Pianos continue to be top choices for performing musicians. Having received over ten prestigious international awards for technological excellence, Kawai has become the most decorated manufacturer of digital pianos in the industry.

Innovative Piano Action                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One of Kawai’s most important innovations is the use of ABS Styran plastic in the manufacture of action parts. ABS-Carbon, the new composite material in our revolutionary Millennium III Action, combines the long-term stability of ABS Styran (a composite used in Kawai actions for over 40 years) with the extraordinary strength of carbon fiber.  ABS-Carbon produces more dynamic power, greater durability, improved control and unparalleled speed to enhance the playing experience. Read what Larry Fine’s Piano Book has to say about it.  

It is this continuing vision for the future, and a diversity of fine products distributed to more than 80 countries around the globe, that has earned Kawai its place among the world’s preeminent musical instrument companies.

 

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