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Kawai to preview new NOVUS NV10 hybrid digital piano at Musikmesse 2017




To coincide with the company’s 90th anniversary, Kawai is proud to announce that a brand new hybrid digital piano instrument, the NOVUS NV10, will be previewed to the public at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2017.

The NOVUS NV10 is the first digital piano to incorporate Kawai’s leading Millennium III grand piano keyboard action, renowned for its extended spruce key sticks, reinforced hammer shanks, and innovative ABS Carbon components that are stronger, lighter, and more dimensionally stable than conventional wooden parts.  The specially adapted Millennium III Hybrid action utilised by the NV10 replaces traditional felt hammers with new ABS equivalents that are individual graded in weight from bass to treble, while high-precision optical sensors take the place of metal strings, accurately reading the subtle movements of each hammer as the corresponding keys are played.

In addition to featuring a full acoustic grand piano keyboard action, the NOVUS NV10 is the first hybrid instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism.  While there are no strings inside the NV10 to require physical damping, this unique feature replicates the true weighting of a grand piano damper pedal, while also easing the keyboard action’s touch weight as the pedal is pressed – an important acoustic piano characteristic that, until now, has been overlooked.

At the sonic heart of the NOVUS NV10 is a digital representation of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano – widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in the world.  The rich tonal character of this flagship instrument is captured using full 88-key sampling, and brought to life with Kawai’s unique Harmonic Imaging XL piano engine and advanced Acoustic Rendering resonance modelling.  This beautiful SK-EX sound is then delivered with stunning clarity thanks to 1-bit processing, premium dual DACs, and DIDRC filter and amplification technology powered by Japan’s leading high-end audio manufacturer, Onkyo, to redefine the grand piano experience for players and audience members alike.

More information about the NOVUS NV10 preview can be found at www.kawai-onkyo.com, while Musikmesse visitors can experience the instrument in person at a special exhibit in Hall 9.0 booth A64 from 5th-8th April.

1st Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition


Der Start der ersten Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition fällt zusammen mit Kawai’s 90-Jahre Jubiläum und 50 Jahren Kawai Music Competitions.  
Dieser Wettbewerb trägt zur Entwicklung der Musik bei und soll dem internationalen kulturellen Austausch durch Pflege der Beziehungen mit der nächsten Generation an Pianisten aus aller Welt dienen.
Der Wettbewerb wurde nach der hochgelobten Shigeru Kawai Flügel Serie benannt, die weltweit von vielen Pianisten bei internationalen Wettbewerben gespielt werden.

Shigeru Kawai Instrumente werden während des gesamten Wettbewerbs bereit gestellt, um deren wundervollen Klang um die Welt zu tragen.

Mehr auf https://skipc.jp/en/

Kawai MMR Award


Musical Merchandise Review (MMR) magazine has announced the results of its 2016 ‘Dealer’s Choice Awards’, naming the GL Series grand pianos and CA/CS Series digital pianos as ‘Product of the Year’ and ‘Home Digital Keyboard of the Year’ respectively.

Each year the magazine surveys musical instrument retailers across North America, inviting dealers to vote for their favourite products in a range of categories. Winners in each category receive the celebrated ‘Dealer’ Choice Award’ from MMR, along with the satisfaction of being honoured as one of the musical instrument industry’s finest brands and products.

Commenting on the awards, Brian Chung, senior vice president of Kawai America Corporation remarked: “We’re overwhelmed. When we think about the thousands and thousands of instruments and musical products offered across our industry, and then realise that Kawai GL Series grand pianos were chosen ‘Number One’ amid this sea of products, it’s beyond amazing. And then, to win the Digital Home Keyboard of the Year award for our CA and CS Series digitals was just incredible. We’re honoured, and very grateful.”

The GL Series of grand pianos was introduced in the autumn of 2015 with the goal of providing outstanding musicality and value to piano customers. All five instruments in the series feature Kawai’s patented Millennium III carbon fibre action with extended keys, a tapered solid spruce soundboard, and the unique SOLID body construction. “Our vision for the GL Series was to offer a better musical instrument at every price level,” said Chung. “When you examine carefully the feature set of our 5-foot GL-10 grand, you’ll see there isn’t another instrument in its class that can compare.”

The CA and CS series of digital pianos were introduced in early 2015 and 2016 respectively, with the latter ‘Classic Series’ models incorporating Kawai’s finest Grand Feel II wooden-key keyboard action and Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and SK-5 grand piano sounds within luxurious ebony polished cabinets. The flagship CS11 instrument adopts the traditional design of a Kawai K Series upright piano, and features a real wooden soundboard that produces a more natural, organic tone. “With each new generation, our digitals keep getting better and better,” commented Tom Love, Kawai America’s Senior Director for Electronics. “Our CA and CS digital models have many acoustic-like features that are the direct result of Kawai’s nine decades of experience in building acoustic pianos.”

The ‘Dealer’s Choice Awards’ were established in 1992, and have gained a reputation as one of the musical instrument industries foremost accolades. During this time, Kawai’s RX Series grand and K-3 upright pianos have proved a dominant force, winning their respective categories for several consecutive years, while the CA Series digital line has also received multiple awards. This year’s success increases Kawai’s tally of MMR trophies to a total of 18, and reflects the company’s long-standing popularity among retailers and customers.


History of received MMR Magazine ‘Dealer’s Choice’ awards

2016: MMR Product of the Year (GL Series Grand Pianos)
2016: MMR MMR Home Digital Keyboard Line of the Year (CA/CS Series Digital Piano)
2015: MMR Legacy Award (CA95 Hybrid Piano)
2014: MMR Home Digital Keyboard Line of the Year (CN Series Digital Pianos)
2014: MMR Pro Digital Piano Line of the Year (MP Series Pro Digital Pianos)
2013: MMR Home Digital Keyboard of the Year (CA95 Hybrid Piano)
2012: MMR Home Digital Keyboard of the Year (CA95 Hybrid Piano)
2011: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2010: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2009: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2008: MMR Acoustic Piano of the Year (K-3 Professional Upright Piano)
2007: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (CA91 Hybrid Piano)
2005: MMR Acoustic Piano Line of the Year (RX Series Grand Pianos)
2004: MMR Acoustic Piano Line of the Year (RX Series Grand Pianos)
2003: MMR Acoustic Piano Line of the Year (RX Series Grand Pianos)
2002: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (CN270 Digital Piano)
2001: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (ES1 Portable Digital Piano)
2000: MMR Digital Home Keyboard of the Year (CP200 Ensemble Grand Piano)


About MMR Magazine

Musical Merchandise Review is the leading trade publication in the field of musical instruments and sound reinforcement, and has been in continuous operation since 1879 with an international readership.

About Kawai

Kawai is a global corporation with distribution in virtually every major market in the world. From its beginnings in 1927 in Hamamatsu, Japan, the company has been committed to an ongoing quest to perfect the art of the piano. Since 1998, Kawai has received 45 major international awards for product and service excellence. One of the world’s largest music instrument manufacturers, Kawai celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017 and is one of the few piano companies in the world still led by members of its founding family.

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