The quest for perfection is a rare journey that few choose to undertake. It is not for the faint of heart but only for those with the vision, the will, and the passion to succeed. These qualities, deep in the heart of one man, became the essence of a dream – a dream that would launch a never-ending quest for perfection.
It was nearly a century ago in Japan that an obscure medical instrument technician was struggling alone to build an upright piano from imported parts. One day, he was surprised to see a neighbor’s son riding by on a unique pedal-driven cart, the first ever to travel the roads of Hamamatsu, Japan. The aspiring piano builder was so impressed when he learned that the boy had designed and built the cart by himself that he invited the young man to be his apprentice. The next day, the invitation was accepted and a dream was born. The young man, Koichi Kawai, the son of a wagon maker, would set out to build his first piano. The ensuing years would reveal Koichi Kawai’s extraordinary genius for design and innovation. He led the research and development team that introduced pianos to his country. Later, he became the first in Japan to design and build a complete piano action, receiving many patents for his designs and inventions. It was an impressive beginning, yet his greatest achievements were still to come.