Brand Highlight: Kawai

When it comes to selecting the right piano for a home, school, church, or studio, many rely on simple touch points like name recognition or price.

But the truth is, no brand or model can be definitively labeled as the best. It's all a matter of what you're searching for. Because of this, becoming educated on the wide array of available options is key when it comes to making a sound decision.

In this post, we will learn more about the Kawai brand, its history, and what it stands for.

In 1927, a young Japanese man, Koichi Kawai, embarked on a journey to create the world’s finest piano. He, along with seven of his close friends, formed a team of researchers dedicated to honing their craft to perfection.

By the 1950s, Kawai’s company had grown significantly, with over 500 people producing up to 1500 instruments per year.

It’s an honor to carry a brand that has been family owned for 90 years. Kawai pianos represent excellence.
— Jay Tripp, Owner/Sales Manager

After Kawai’s unexpected death in 1955, his son, Shigeru, took over the company. Shigeru was committed to his father’s ideals of craftsmanship, but felt the company could expand with new technology and methods.

He brought the production of Kawai pianos to factories and assembly lines, while still maintaining the finest standards of quality and design.

Finally, in 1963, he took Kawai international, beginning with the launch of Kawai America. Today, Kawai instruments are respected in major music markets worldwide.

The brand remains true to their ideals to this day, and has kept the business in the family. Shiguro stepped down in 1989, passing the company on to his son, Hirotaka Kawai.

At Schoppert’s, we are proud to be your authorized Kawai dealer in the region.

“It’s an honor to carry a brand that has been family owned for 90 years,” says Schoppert’s owner, Jay Tripp. “Kawai pianos represent excellence.”

If you think a Kawai may be the perfect fit for you, we encourage you to stop by the gallery and explore our selection of upright, grand, baby grand, and digital instruments.


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