About SKIPC

About SKIPC About SKIPC

Aiming to find out and nurture the pianists of the next generation,
the Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition was established in 2017
for the pianists from 16 years old to 26 years old by Kawai Musical Inst. Mfg. Co., Ltd.
who have been organizing a music competition for elementary and junior high school students since 1967.
The Competition is named after the highly acclaimed Shigeru Kawai grand pianos
which are frequently selected by pianists in prestigious international piano competitions,
and the first edition was a great success receiving 351 applicants from 25 countries.
In the second edition, some improvements have been made such as increasing the number of competitors
who pass the Pre-selection, and adopting piano concerto for two pianos for the repertoire of Final Round,
so that the broader musicality of more competitors can be judged.

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 2nd Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition

The 1st Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition in 2017 was ended in great success with the participation of 351 young pianists. I hope that the 2nd competition will welcome more participants as a place to discover the excellent pianists at the higher level.
The latest Shigeru Kawai grand piano, which is enjoying a high reputation as an instrument that can fully express any delicate nuance, will be utilized throughout the competition. The repertoire was carefully considered so that pianists can choose their favorite pieces, and not only technique but also musicality can be judged with this unique repertoire.
I sincerely look forward to the participation of young talented pianists.