About SKIPC

About SKIPC About SKIPC

The Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition was established in 2017 in commemoration
of the 90th anniversary of Kawai Musical Instruments Mfg. Co., Ltd. The aim of the competition is contributing to the development of musical culture and promoting international exchange by finding out and nurturing pianists of the next generation from around the world.
The competition is named after the highly acclaimed Shigeru Kawai pianos which are frequently selected by pianists in prestigious
international piano competitions, and Shigeru Kawai grand pianos will be utilized throughout the competition.
The 3rd Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition will be held from July 28 till August 4, 2019 in Tokyo, with Prof.
Katsumi UEDA as the new chairperson of the jury.
Prof. Andrey PISAREV and Prof. Pavel NERSESSIAN at the Moscow Conservatory will perform the orchestra part of “piano concerto on two pianos”, which was adopted for the repertoire of the final round from the 2nd competition.

Hirotaka Kawai

Hirotaka Kawai

Koichi Kawai, our founder, dreamed to one day build the world’s finest piano. It was the start of our “dream.”
Shigeru Kawai, the second president and former chairman, used to say, “Delivering the best piano performance is possible with the combination of a superb piano, a highly-talented pianist, and an experienced tuner.” Aiming this goal, he realized the innovative ideas including the qualification scheme of “MPA” for cultivating highly-skilled piano tuners, and building the Ryuyo Factory exclusively for the production of grand pianos.
The Shigeru Kawai grand pianos were launched in 1999, as the result of our continuous efforts, ingenuities, confidences, intentions and honors in piano building.
Now the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano has been chosen as the official piano of many international piano competitions and evaluated highly from the first-class pianists around the world.
We established an international piano competition named after the Shigeru Kawai grand pianos in 2017, commemorating 90th anniversary of the company.
It is my sincere desire that the Shigeru Kawai, the crystal of our “dreams”, delivers “the best performance” of the pianists of next generation from all over the world.

Hirotaka Kawai President & CEO

Hitoshi Kobayashi

Hitoshi Kobayashi

On the occasion of the launch of the 3rd Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition

The 3rd Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition will be held in 2019. The 2nd competition received 239 applications from 17 countries and regions, and the level was very high from the Pre-selection stage.
As a position to welcome the participants, it was my great pleasure that I was able to encounter the wonderful performances of many talented pianists.
One of the special features of this competition is the repertoire that can make full use of the beautiful sounds of the Shigeru Kawai pianos. Pieces that cannot be usually seen in the preliminary rounds of other competitions like Shubert are selected for the repertoire.
As you can see from this, the competition is focused on finding truly excellent musicians who have not only high level technique but also musicality.
I sincerely look forward to the participation of many young talented pianists.