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The Concert Artist Premium Pianos flagship
Combining Kawai’s leading Grand Feel III wooden-key keyboard action, brand new SK-EX Competition Grand sounds with multi-channel sampling and resonance modelling, premium audio processing technologies, and an authentic wooden soundboard, the CA901 delivers one of the finest grand piano experiences available in a digital instrument.

Grand Feel III
Wooden key action

SK-EX Competition Grand 
Piano sounds

Bluetooth Audio + 
MIDI connectivity

PianoRemote App

Kawai CA901 Modern Black

Grand piano
playing authenticity

A piano that will encourage enthusiastic players to become accomplished pianists – this is the ambitious philosophy behind Kawai’s latest Concert Artist Premium pianos to inspire musicians of all ages and abilities to realise their true artistic potential.

SK-EX Competition Grand

The Sound of a
Grand Piano

Widely regarded as ‘the premier piano of Japan’, the flagship SK-EX grand piano graces the stages of concert halls and musical institutions around the globe, receiving universal acclaim for its tonal clarity and exceptional dynamic range.

The magnificent tone of the SK-EX is at the heart of the CA901, with this new model featuring the latest SK-EX Competition Grand, capturing the sound of the latest generation SK-EX instruments that in recent years have achieved success at the Chopin, Hamamatsu and Sydney International piano competitions.

This piano sound possesses a brilliant, clear tonal character, with a distinctive thick attack, and is specifically recorded from the pianist’s position for the ultimate performance experience.

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SK-EX Rendering Engine

SK-EX Rendering sound engine
In order to faithfully reproduce the stunning sound of a Shigeru Kawai grand piano digitally, Kawai has developed SK-EX Rendering. This special, piano-only sound engine focusses the Concert Artist’s DSP power, combining multi-channel, 88-key sampling with the latest resonance modelling technology to deliver pure acoustic piano authenticity.

Multi-channel Sampling

Multi-channel sampling image of piano

While digital pianos typically employ single-point stereo sampling, the SK-EX Rendering engine’s multi-channel sampling captures the sound from different points of the Shigeru Kawai concert grand.

This modern technique not only allows a broader range of tonal characteristics to be recorded and reproduced, but also improves the connection felt between the keyboard and piano sound, resulting in a more lively and authentic response to changes in dynamics.

Full Resonance Modelling

Resonance Modelling of a digital piano

This naturally expressive Shigeru Kawai sound is further enriched by newly developed resonance algorithms, which physically model the complex tonal interactions produced by the strings, dampers, and various other parts of an acoustic piano.

Unlike other resonance simulations, SK-EX Rendering generates resonances for the damper pedal and all 88 keys progressively (i.e. in gradual amounts, not simply on or off), allowing the Concert Artist to behave – and therefore be controlled – more like an acoustic piano.

The Touch of a
Grand Piano

5" Colour Touchscreen
Bluetooth connectivity
6-speaker output system + Soundboard speaker system

TwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System

Complementing the premium quality drivers, the CA901 also incorporates the latest version of Kawai’s highly-regarded soundboard speaker system. This unique audio technology embraces the rich, harmonic qualities of wood by using transducers to channel sound energy onto a large soundboard, in order to produce a more natural, organic tone. Long wooden ribs securely attached to the soundboard further broaden the frequency range and volume of the resonating sound, resulting in a remarkably authentic playing experience that immerses the performer, and faithfully reproduces the tonal ambience of an acoustic piano.

The TwinDrive system represents the third generation of Kawai’s soundboard technology, and features an improved primary transducer redesigned to deliver more power and volume.

In addition, a secondary transducer, mounted towards the treble end of the instrument, helps to further expand the tonal range produced by the soundboard beyond the existing low frequencies, allowing mid-low and even mid-high ranges to also benefit from the warming, acoustic properties of wood.


PianoRemote App

The latest CA901 is compatible with Kawai’s latest PianoRemote control app for iOS and supported Android devices. This app connects to the piano wirelessly via the Concert Artists’ integrated Bluetooth feature, providing an effortless way to change sounds, adjust settings, or enjoy the vast array of built-in music content from the comfort of an armchair.

Virtual Piano Artisan

Virtual Piano Artisan

The CA901’s powerful Virtual Piano Artisan function simulates refinements usually carried out by a piano technician - digitally, allowing discerning musicians to shape aspects of the selected piano’s character to suit their personal preferences.

Perform touch weight and voicing adjustments, regulate hammer and key release noises, and fine-tune string, damper, and cabinet resonances. It is even possible to adjust the precise tuning, volume, and character of individual notes – all in real-time.

360° Speaker diffusers

360° Speaker Diffusers

In addition to utilising premium driver units, the CA901’s top-mounted speakers also feature custom-engineered diffuser panels, which help to expand the pianos’ tonal projection in all directions.

These additional components create a 360° sound field around the instrument, ensuring a natural piano sound for both the player, and those listening elsewhere in the room.


Superior Headphone Experience

The CA901’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) technology enhances the depth and realism of the instrument’s sound when listening through headphones or earphones. The player can select one of three different acoustic presets that adjust the spatial positioning of the sound, while also helping to reduce auditory fatigue when using earphones or headphones for extended periods of time.

In addition, the CA901 also allows players to select a variety of headphone types (Open, Semi-open, Closed, In-Ear, Canal, etc.) for an optimised listening experience.


Flexible USB Connectivity

In addition to wireless functionality, the Concert Artist is also equipped with USB ports that allow the instrument to be connected directly to a computer for MIDI use, or to load and save data to USB memory devices.

This latter USB to Device functionality allows recorder songs stored within internal memory to be safely preserved on USB flash drives, or for standard MIDI files (SMF) downloaded from the internet to be played back and enjoyed using the instrument’s exquisite Harmonic Imaging XL sounds without additional hardware or cables.


MP3/WAV Playback & Record

USB memory devices can also be used to play back MP3 or WAV audio files, allowing musicians to learn the chords or melody for a new piece, or simply enjoy playing along with their favourite songs. It is even possible to record entire performances (including external Line In and Bluetooth sources) as MP3 or WAV audio files for emailing to family and friends, or casual listening away from the piano.

CA401 Lesson books

Built-in Lesson Books

The CA901’s convenient lesson function allows aspiring pianists to learn piano with classical Czerny, Burgmüller, Chopin, and Beyer etudes, or collections of songs from the popular Alfred’s Basic Piano course books.

The left and right hand parts of each etude/song can be practiced separately, using the adjustable metronome feature to perfect timing in difficult passages, before recording the completed piece for self-evaluation.

*lesson books sold separately


Grand Feel Pedal System

Reinforcing the Concert Artist’s reputation as the most realistic digital piano is Kawai’s Grand Feel Pedal System. This unique feature accurately replicates the position and individual weighting of the damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals of the Shigeru Kawai SK-EX concert grand piano to further enhance the CA901’s acoustic piano-like authenticity.

Moreover, it is also possible to adjust the half-pedal sensitivity of the damper pedal, and effectiveness of the soft pedal using dedicated Virtual Piano Artisan parameters, allowing experienced pianists to personalise the instrument’s response to match their individual pedalling technique.


Slimline design, solid construction

Sitting down at the CA901 gives the player the impression that they are sat in front of a small Kawai upright piano.

The compact size also extends to the depth of the instrument, with the CA901 measuring just over 47 cm from front to back. This allows the CA901 to be used in relatively small spaces, and even considered as an alternative to an acoustic upright piano, for players seeking a familiar appearance.

The CA901’s premium quality cabinet adopts many of the modern design cues of Kawai’s ‘K’ series professional upright piano instruments, including Kawai's Soft Fall fallboard.

Cabinet Finishes

Modern Black
White Satin
Ebony Polish


Product Specifications

KeyboardGrand Feel III action

  • 88 wooden keys

  • Grade-weighted hammers

  • Ivory Touch white key surfaces

  • Ebony Touch black key surfaces

  • Let-off simulation

  • Triple sensor key detection

  • 88-key Graded counterweights

PedalGrand Feel Pedal System

  • Damper (with half-pedal support)

  • Soft (with half-pedal support)

  • Sostenuto

Piano SoundSK-EX Rendering

  • 88-key multi-channel sampling

  • SK-EX Competition Grand Piano recording

  • SK-EX Concert Grand Piano recording

Harmonic Imaging XL (HI-XL)

  • 88-key stereo sampling

  • SK-EX-L, SK-EX, SK-5, EX, K-60 recording

  • 256 note maximum polyphony

Piano ResonanceSK-EX Rendering: Resonance Modelling

  • Damper Resonance

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Aliquot Resonance

Harmonic Imaging XL: Acoustic Rendering

  • Damper Resonance

  • String Resonance

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Cabinet Resonance

Piano AdjustmentVirtual Piano Artisan (20 parameters)

  • Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)

  • Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)

  • String Resonances

  • Damper Noise

  • Undamped String Resonance

  • Cabinet Resonance

  • Key-off Effect

  • Fall-back Noise

  • Hammer Noise

  • Hammer Delay

  • Topboard Simulation

  • Decay Time

  • Release Time

  • Minimum Touch

  • Stretch Tuning (incl. 88-key User Tuning)

  • Temperament (incl. User Temperament)

  • Temperament Key

  • Key Volume (incl. 88-key User Key Volume)

  • Half-Pedal Adjust

  • Soft Pedal Depth

Virtual Piano Artisan presets (10 presets)
No of soundsSK-EX Rendering: 5+5 rendering characters
Harmonic Imaging XL: 96 voices
ReverbSK-EX Rendering: Ambience (10 types)
Harmonic Imaging XL: Reverb (6 types)
Other Effects24 types
SpeakersTwinDrive Soundboard Speaker System
(8 x 12 cm) x2 (top speakers, with diffusers)
8 cm x 2 (front speakers)
5 cm x 2 (tweeters)
Output Power135 W (50 W + 50 W + 35 W)
Headphone EnhancementsPremium headphone amplifier
Spatial Headphone Sound
Headphone Type
Headphone Amplifier
Display5" LCD touchscreen (480 x 800 pixels)
Anti-glare display
Key CoverUpright piano wallboard with Soft Fall system
Music RestUpright piano type (fixed position)
Size and WeightWidth145.5 cm
Depth47.5 cm
Height101 cm
Weight82.5 kg
91.5 kg [Ebony Polish]
Available FinishesModern Black (CA901MB)
Premium Rosewood (CA901R)
Premium White Satin (CA901WS)
Ebony Polish (CA901EP)
Basic FunctionsDual
Four Hands
Low Volume Balance
User Sounds
Startup Setting
Internal SongsSound Demo39 songs
Piano Music42 Songs
Concert Magic176 songs
Lesson SongsBurgmüller 25 (25 Etudes Faciles, Opus 100)
Czerny 30 (Etudes de Mécanisme, Opus 849)
Czerny 100 (Hundert Übungsstücke, Opus 139)
Beyer 106 (Vorschule im Klavierspiel, Opus 101)
J.S. Bach: Inventionen
Sonatinen Album 1
Chopin Walzer (Chopin waltzes series)
Chopin Etudes (Opus 10)
Alfred's Premier Piano Course Lesson 1A
Alfred's Premier Piano Course Lesson 1B
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1A
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Lesson Book Level 1B
Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course Lesson Book Level 1
Internal RecorderTotal Memoryapproximately 90,000 notes
No of Songs10 songs
Parts2 parts
MetronomeTime Signatures1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Drum Rhythms100 patterns
BluetoothMIDI + Audio
USB Audio RecorderRecord/PlaybackMP3
SMF (playback only)
Other FunctionsOverdubbing
Line In recording
App FunctionsPianoRemote (iOS/Android)
PiaBookPlayer (iOS/Android)
Connector JacksHeadphone1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" Stereo jacks
Line Out1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In1/8" Stereo (with volume adjust knob) [unbalanced]
USB to Host
USB to Device
OthersUSB for Update
Power Consumption55 W
Power AdaptorPower cable
BenchFixed-height with lid storage
HeadphonesHeadphone hook


PianoRemote App iOS

PianoRemote App Android

Owner's Manual

Firmware Updates

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