A testament to the incomparable excellence of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano is its shining presence at the recent 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. Of the top six competitors in the final round, three selected the SK-EX, including the first prize winner, Turkish pianist Can Cakmur.

“We are gratified by the high level of confidence and trust these world-class pianists have placed in our Shigeru SK-EX,” said Brian Chung, Senior Vice President of Kawai America. “A competition can be the launching point for a pianist’s career. With that in mind, we were deeply honored that so many wonderful artists chose our concert grand to help them present the performances of their lives on a world stage.”

Hamamatsu City, home of the Kawai group of companies, has long been known as a city of music and musical instruments. The first Hamamatsu International Piano Competition was hosted in 1991 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the city’s founding and to honor its musical heritage. The Competition’s mission is to foster the development of music, cultural exchange, and to create a world platform for promising young pianists. Kawai has been providing pianos for selection at the competition since its inception. Top prize winners from the 1994 and 2015 competitions also selected Kawai and Shigeru Kawai concert grands for their winning performances.