Of all the musical masterpieces that come forth from Kawai, fewer than one in one hundred will bear the name SHIGERU. Meticulously hand-crafted in carefully limited numbers, the SHIGERU piano brings to fruition a century of advancement, knowledge and craftsmanship. It is the culmination of one man’s destiny… born to fulfil the lifelong dreams of the pianist.
Over one hundred years ago, in a humble workshop in Japan, Koichi Kawai embarked upon a journey… a spiritual quest to design and build a piano that would one day be called “the finest.”
A generation later, this dream burned intensely in the heart of Shigeru Kawai. To him, it represented not just his origins, but his destiny… an unrelenting force that would launch a lifetime of devotion in the pursuit of perfection.
In the SHIGERU piano, you will see not just his labor and his love… but his life.
Passion… the powerful emotion that motivates an individual beyond even the extraordinary.
The passion for excellence dwells deeply within the heart of every SHIGERU craftsman. Like members of a great orchestra, each craftsman brings forth a seasoned wealth of skill and artistry that compels the “whole” to surpass the sum of its parts. Day by day, the craftsman strives to leave an indelible mark upon each creation… an inexpressible emblem of intense desire and duty.
It is this symphony of passionate energies that has elevated the SHIGERU piano to the lofty strata shared by few and respected by all.
Honor is sacred to every culture, and certainly to the Japanese. It is a noble covenant that binds an individual’s “words and deeds” inextricably with the value and substance of his name. There is no greater demonstration of honor, no greater commitment, than to place one’s name upon the work of one’s hands.
From initial design, to the selection of the finest materials, to the handcrafted assembly by master piano artisans, each SHIGERU piano is a work of uncompromising craftsmanship, a symbol of unending devotion… a profound expression of pride and honor.
For Shigeru Kawai, there could be no other way.
A SHIGERU piano is much more than the intelligent application of material, labor and design. It is an art form born not from the head, but from the heart. Thus, the craftsman does far more than simply “build” it… he brings it to life.
The sensitive nurturing of every part, every joint, every subtle nuance vests each piano with an intangible quality… a soul… that lives on from generation to generation. And those who own a SHIGERU piano know that they possess not merely an instrument, but a partner in the musical pursuit of dreams.
A SHIGERU piano is perfected by an elite brand of craftsman. Each of our Master Piano Artisans is at the pinnacle of his profession. With remarkable skills proven in the world’s finest concert halls and international piano competitions, each artisan brings a wealth of experience and passion to his craft. Upon completion of a finished work, the craftsman adds his name to the piano’s rich pedigree as a symbol of devotion and pride.
A Shigeru Kawai grand piano comes from the same advanced origins like every other Kawai instrument. And, nevertheless: the degree and the measure of the used manual labor in every stage of the origin process – often time 5 times more than by a traditional instrument – puts the Shigeru Kawai to grand piano in own class.
Japanese EZO spruce
The snow-shrouded mountains of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, are home to the rare Ezo Spruce. The extreme climate and lofty altitude of Hokkaido produce a wood that is prized for its close, even grain. Available in strictly limited quantities, Ezo Spruce provides exceptional energy transmission and tonal projection.
Kigarashi Premium-Aged Soundboards
In the language of wood, “kigarashi” means “finding balance through time and nature.” In the kigarashi process, solid Ezo Spruce soundboards are allowed to season naturally. The process is arduous and requires much patience. The result is a supremely rich tonal quality that is unsurpassed. Only soundboards that can endure the demanding kigarashi process are deemed worthy of the SHIGERU piano.
The Most Precise Piano Action in the World
More than three decades of research and development have resulted in the most respected piano action available today. The “Millennium III Action” with ABS-Carbon™ stands alone in providing the finest combination of strength, stability, precision and reliability.
Exclusive “Shiko Seion” Hammers
“Shiko Seion” is translated “the highest level of voicing.” Shiko Seion hammers are made and voiced entirely by our Master Piano Artisans with a select blend of New Zealand and Australian long-fiber wool. They are hand-pressed, reinforced and formed without artificial hardeners to deliver unmatched dynamics and expression for the artist.
Temaki Bass Strings
“Temaki” literally means “hand-rolled.” In the unhurried Temaki process, the artisan patiently directs the winding of each bass string by hand for absolute precision and proper tension, which ensures exquisite tonal depth.
Concert Style Dual-Pivot Damper Pedal Bass Strings
The Dual-Pivot design offers the player unparalleled control and responsiveness in proportional pedalling.