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 has two unique characteristics:
The first is that Shigeru Kawai grand pianos are utilized throughout the competition. The Shigeru Kawai full concert grand piano SK-EX,
which will be used from the 1st Round to the Final Round, has been frequently selected by pianists in prestigious international piano
competitions, and highly acclaimed as an instrument that is able to produce a variety of tones depending on the performer.
The second is that the repertoire for the final round is “piano concerto for two pianos”. It was adopted from the 2nd competition in 2018,
and prestigious pianists Prof. Andrey Pisarev and Prof. Pavel Nersessian of the Moscow Conservatory performed the orchestra part.
Both professors will return for the 4th competition and support finalists so that they can fully express their musicality.

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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

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