Kawai is one of the piano manufacturers in the world. Kawai makes their home in Hamamatsu, Japan and from there, control a global market comprising over 80 countries. With 2838 workers around the world and yearly revenue of 666.3 million dollars by D&B Hoovers 2018, they have been at the forefront of the piano industry for many decades.


Koichi Kawai, the son of a wagon maker, he became quite adept with inventing unique piano parts. He constructed the first complete piano action in Japan. This was a breakthrough as it meant Japan no longer had to import action parts. The many patents that Kawai registered for his piano designed also formed the foundation of the Japanese piano industry. He was also an important part of the Research & development team that spread the distribution of locally made pianos in Japan. Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co. was founded by Mr. Koichi Kawai in 1927 after he left his employer Torakusu Yamaha. The new company had seven other builders as his co-founders.


Unlike normal big business practices where diversification is a way of life, Kawai has been resistant to dabbling in other instruments or products. Kawai builds only acoustic and digital pianos, their specialty and nothing more.

Kawai is home to innovation and the company is always looking for new ways and technologies to make the tone, touch, and range of a piano get better. Kawai introduced a lot of innovative piano features like aluminum action rails, the incorporation of ABS composites and carbon fiber into piano design. Kawai was also the first company to make digital pianos with actual wood keys and the first built-in CD recorders. This company takes craftsmanship seriously and continues to break new grounds in its bid to make the “future of the piano.”

Kawai pianos have received more than 37 significant international awards which is unprecedented. The Shigeru Kawai grand piano was also another innovative product from Kawai. Kawai also introduced the use of ABS-Carbon Fiber components in action pianos.

Sound and Tone profile

Kawai pianos are known globally for their sound and tone. Japanese pianos usually have a clean, bell-like tone that sounds simple and precise. There’s not a lot of warmth to it which doesn’t sit well with everybody. The modern iterations of the Kawai pianos took this characteristic tone a step further by enhancing the traditional Japanese piano sound with warmth and a vibrant fullness. This is why Kawai grand pianos are exceptionally loved and appreciated globally. The Shigeru Kawai premier grand piano, for example, is regarded as one of the beloved pianos in the world, respected by performers and piano aficionados.

For more information please call Maggie Pollio – Houston Piano Consultant at 832.594.7267 or maggie@houstonpianoconsultant.com.