The Novus series hybrid pianos are unlike anything in the industry today. Once you experience a Novus, you will never forget it. The Kawai Novus series – hybrid pianos that deliver a true piano experience.


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Hybrid Piano

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Kawai NV10 Keylid
Kawai NV10 Top View
Kawai NV5 Display
Kawai NV5 Action


Koichi Kawai designed and built the first complete acoustic piano action in Japan in the early 1900s. In the decades that have followed, Kawai engineers continue to pursue the company founder’s quest for perfection. Representing the latest milestone in Kawai’s rich legacy of piano innovation, the Novus series hybrid pianos feature the Millennium III Hybrid action, the centerpiece of each Novus instrument. This feat of modern engineering allows pianists to enjoy the unmatched feeling of playing an acoustic piano. Complementing its grand piano action, the NV10 is the first hybrid instrument to also incorporate a real grand piano damper mechanism. Kawai’s commitment to fine piano touch is what makes the experience of playing a Novus instrument indistinguishable from the real thing.

Kawai NV5 Hybrid Piano
Novus NV10 Hybrid Piano


The spirit and sound of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano is at the heart of the Novus series hybrid pianos through the use of Kawai’s SK-EX rendering technology. This advanced piano sound engine combines the process of sampling with the modern approach of physical modelling, to produce a piano sound that is both rich in natural acoustic character, and dynamically responsive to the player’s musical desires. Novus instruments also feature high-fidelity sound delivery through audio components and speaker systems developed in collaboration with Onkyo that help to preserve the harmonic characteristics of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX. 


The Novus series hybrid pianos are more than pianos – they are an experience. Each Novus instrument embodies Kawai’s lasting legacy of crafting the world’s finest instruments through the skillful and perfect blending of traditional craftsmanship and modern innovation. Designed for and tested by professional pianists, the Novus instruments deliver the experience of playing a premium acoustic instrument, with all the convenience of a modern digital.

The experience of playing a Novus hasn’t gone unnoticed. Since their introduction to the world, the NV10 and NV5 instruments have been praised for their exceptional craftsmanship, design and performance by pianists, teachers and musicians. They’ve also been recognized for outstanding achievement by the music products industry having both received a “Product Excellence Award” by Music Inc. Magazine – the NV10 in 2018 and NV5 in 2020. The Novus instruments continue to receive international attention making them one of the most sought-after instruments in the industry.

Kawai NV10 Keylid