About SKIPC

About SKIPC About SKIPC

The inaugural Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition will coincide with Kawai’s 90th anniversary,
and 50 years of Kawai music competitions.
The Competition aims to contribute to the development of music,
and to promote international cultural exchange by nurturing the next generation of pianists from around the world.
The Competition is named after the highly acclaimed Shigeru Kawai series of grand piano instruments,
which are frequently selected by pianists in prestigious international piano competitions.
Shigeru Kawai instruments will be utilized throughout the competition,
ensuring their beautiful sound is heard by a large audience around the world.

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 establish 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 1st Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition

Based on two years of experience with the previous competition, the Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition has been finally launched. This competition is aiming to produce more excellent pianists as a place for self-improvement and development of talented pianists from all over the world.
The official piano of this competition is Shigeru Kawai concert grand pianos featuring the latest technologies and enjoying a worldwide reputation. Repertoire is well balanced, and it consists of pieces which competitors can utilize the field that they are good at in addition to the basic ones. Some pianists gave stunning piano performances at the past two competitions, and it is expected that the performances will be at the higher level.
It is my sincere hope that a number of young talented pianists will participate in this competition.