Kawai Artists & Kawai Ambassadors
Below is a collection of popular Kawai artists and Kawai ambassadors. There are Kawai artists across every musical genre, both classical and modern, throughout Australia and around the world.
Matthew Bellamy of Muse. Muse is an iconic multi award winning alternative rock band from the United Kingdom. Their albums Black Holes and Revelations earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination and a third place finish in the NME Albums of the Year. Muse has won many musical awards including five MTV Europe awards, five Q awards, six NME awards, two Brit awards, four Kerrangs, and more.
An iconic Australia artist, Katie has been a professional musician for over 20 years. Katie Noonan is a five-time ARIA award-winning artist, producing 20 albums to date, with seven times platinum record sales and 25 ARIA awatd nomination that span across diverse music genres.
Loved Australian country music identity and outback icon, Lee Kernaghan has been at the forefront of Australian Country music since the 1990's. Bringing his own unique brand of rural rock, traditional country themes and elements of an evolving regional culture.
Hiatus Kaiyote is a trail blazing Australian jazz funk fusion band from Melbourne. Their debut album Tawk Tomahwak immediately caught the attention of musicians around the world, this included public endorsements form Prince, Questlove and Erykah Badu. Since then they continue to make waves, received music award nominations and awards.
Grammy nominated American pop rock band from Colorado. They achieved early success through social media and were soon signed to Mosely Music Group in 2006, releasing their debut album Dreaming Out Loud in 2007.
Electronic music producers and Impressionist pianists merge at the ruminant heart of pianist Josh Cohen’s innovative and improvisational approach to playing. A unique fusion of classical and jazz training underscores Josh’s sound but it is the space, simplicity and intensity of emotion that have driven over 17 million YouTube views and given rise to Radiohead’s approval for songbooks featuring Josh’s idiosyncratic arrangements to be released by their publisher Faber Music.
Fronting pop funk band ‘I’m Talking’, Kate notched up 5 consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album ‘Bear Witness’ (The 100 Best Australian Albums). Since then Kate has continued to make 28 albums, across many genres. Kate is Australian entertainment royalty with thirteen Platinum status, eight Gold status, three ARIA awards, several nominations for best female artists and dozens of other major awards.
AyseDeniz was considered a child prodigy in her native Turkey, making her concerto debut when she was only nine, with the Gordion Chamber Orchestra playing J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 5. In 2011. She's since completed her Masters in Piano Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London. AyseDeniz has performed concerts at prestigious historic halls concerts around the world. Upon hearing AyseDeniz’s interpretation of Chopin Sonata No. 3, Nikolai Petrov personally invited her to perform in the Kremlin Palace(Russia). Her piano arrangements of Pink Floyd songs went viral, was shared on Pink Floyd's Facebook page, and after huge demand from fans went on to release a Pink Floyd Classical Concept Album. Unsurprisingly she also boast numerous prestigious classical music awards.
Keyboardist in the iconic rock band Deep Purple since 2002, succeeding Jon Lord, Don's favourite piano to play to play is the KAWAI MP8. "The MP8 sounds like a grand piano, it plays like a grand piano, and it's also the best master midi-controller I have ever used in a live or studio situation". He has had a long career, playing with such a great acts as : Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Colosseum II, Sinner, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Rainbow, Ten, Divlje jagode and Living Loud.
England, United Kingdom
A world renowned pianist, Moye Chen has performed at famous concert halls around the world including Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Krannert Centre of the Performing Arts, The Sydney Opera House, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Petit Palau Hall, Joaquín Rodrigo Music Auditorium, the City Hall of Brussels, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Beijing Concert Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall, as well as several performing arts venues in Shanghai.
He has played at numerous international festivals and successfully participated in many international competitions. Earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he is currently an Associate Professor of Piano.
Interview with Kawai piansit Moye Chen
Pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos is one of Australia’s most vibrant and versatile musicians. He has been performing internationally since the age of 10, and is now established as one of Australia’s leading pianists. As the recipient of multiple prizes including the Second Grand Prize in the prestigious International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn 2013, Cassomenos has performed throughout Europe and Asia, and now performs regularly in Australia, Germany and the UK.
Interview with Kawai piansit Steffan Cassomenos
Prolific and iconic Japanese artist Yoshiki is beloved in Japan and around the world. Yoshiki is a composer, classically trained pianist, rock drummer and the leader of famous rock group "X Japan". Described as one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history, Yoshiki is a true cultural icon.
In addition to a lifetime of musically success and achievements, Yoshiki is also a passionate philanthropist, successful businessmen, and fashion designer.
Mikhail Pletnev entered the Central School of Music at the age of 13 and was awarded the first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978. A pianist of immense talent, he would go on to become a successful conductor, and actively perform as Artistic Director of the Russian National Orchestra. Pletnev is considered one of the finest contemporary pianists of his generation.
A vibrant and versatile Australian musician. Initially releasing a Jazz collaboration with friend Sean Foran in 2006, Washington would go on to release her first album "I Believe You Liar" in 2010. Megan has been nominated for multiple awards including ARIA, APRA, Rolling Stone Australia awards. Winning 2010 ARIA Best Female Artist, and Breakthrough Artist - Release. She continues to make her mark on Australian music, film and television.
Alfa is a classically trained violinist and pianist, having first played with the Children's Orchestra Society in Long Island, NY. She released her first album in 2013 "World Go Blue", with multiple songs becoming popular and finding their way onto major television shows.
Philippines / U.S.A.
Ambre is a very talented & naturally gifted classical pianist, who achieved her Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Piano by only age eleven. Her first performance at 16 was with the Oreuesta Sinfonica de Cordoba in Argentina as part of her first prize in the International Music Competition of Cordoba. She has worked with Hollywood based composers, and released two albums of composition for solo piano.
Ambre's passion is sharing her love of the piano by teaching others. She is a highly sort after piano teacher for those wanting to unlock their full potential.
Barry is a talented multifaceted artists with a career spanning music, screen, and stage. A popular actor and singer, he’s opened for the likes of Brian McKnight, Craig David and Eric Benet, toured both locally and internationally, and vocally produced and penned songs for an array of artists.
“Kawai has been my number 1 piano since I began my journey! Customisable, reliable, sleek and familiar. Very grateful to have one always.” - dodie
Originally making a name for herself as singer and writer online(@Doddleoddle), with her disarmingly honest videos and intimate singing style, dodie amassed millions of fans.
She headlined and sold out London’s Roundhouse before her first album was even released, playing the Hollywood Palladium and Terminal 5 in New York City, resulting in two top-ten EPs upon release. Dodie
Selby & Friends presents “chamber music at its best” (SMH). Australian pianist Kathryn Selby, AM, created the concert series in 2007 and her guest artists include many of the finest solo and ensemble performers from Australia and around the world. The series is widely considered “world class” and of “the highest possible level of performance” with many hailing Ms Selby as not only an “entrepreneurial force” but amongst the finest of Australian artists.
Artists include: Kathryn Selby (Piano), Alexandra Osborne (Violin), Elizabeth Layton (Violin), Julian Smiles (Cello), Timo-Veikko Valve (Cello), Clancy Newman (Cello), Natalie Chee (Violin), Richard Narroway (Cello), Susie Park (Violin), Benett Tsai (Cello), and Ike See (Violin).
David is an artist of many talents, and well know throughout Australia. Starting his journey on the theatre stage, he was soon nominated for a MO award for best musical theatre performer of the year. As his theatrical success continued, he began to branch out into music, television and radio. David is a multi-platinum selling recording artist, recording three Top Ten albums, and selling out concert tours from coast to coast.
Dina is a word renougned concert pianist, playing with a collection of the worlds best orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls.
Dina has a lifetime of achievements, with some notable highlight including being a top prize winner at the Schumann and Chopin International Piano Competitions, honorary member of Chopin society in Warsaw, guest professor of the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing, and professor at the EuroArts Academy.
"What is special in my love of the Shigeru Kawai piano is that when I play this instrument, I feel it responds to my emotions and thoughts. When I played the SK-EX at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, I felt as if the piano and I became one. This is the ultimate dream for any artist – talk to the piano and it will answer you. The Shigeru Kawai piano helps me express what I want to say in my music from a technical aspect, but ultimately it allows me to express myself to the public through its wonderful sound. The SK-EX is very rich in color and very rich in expression.". - Dina Yoffe