Kawai pianos began in 1927 in Japan when Koichi Kawai, a man who had a lot of experience in the piano industry as a boy, founded Kawai pianos. Koichi Kawai and his colleagues all shared a vision - to create the best piano ever built. Over the years, Kawai has encountered many challenges and been through many changes to get where it is today - one of the most recognised and appraised piano manufacturers ever known.
In 1955, Koichi's son, Shigeru Kawai, took over the business. Shigeru believed in combining traditional piano building techniques with advancements in technology. Shigeru expanded Kawai pianos significantly, with new technology and the creation of Ryuyo factory in Japan.
In the year 1989, Shigeru's son, Hirotaka, took control of the business. Since then, Kawai has grown dramatically. Since Hirotaka succeeded his father, Kawai has been given the ISO 14001 certificate for environmental efficiency and friendliness by reducing waste and using resources efficiently. In 2005, Kawai produced the Milleniam III Action and Hirotaka was also awarded the Grand Cross of the Order Merit in Poland in 2010.