CP1 / CP2 / CP3
There has never been a line of digital pianos so inspiring,
so powerful, so easy-to-use and so fun to play as the new
Kawai Concert Performer Series. These new performing
instruments have it all. They’re powerful enough to handle
the challenges of any musical situation, yet accessible
enough to inspire musicians at every level of ability – even
those who have never played before.
The foundational element is our proprietary Harmonic Imaging
Sound Technology, acclaimed as one of the finest “sound engines”
ever designed for a digital piano. Then we added our renowned
“Grand Feel” and “Responsive Hammer” actions, both possessing
a feel more similar to that of a traditional acoustic piano than any
others. These exclusive core technologies offer the player unparalleled
tone and touch to provide the ultimate piano experience.
In creating the Concert Performer Series, we relied upon nearly nine
decades of experience in building the world’s finest acoustic pianos.
In addition to great acoustic piano sounds, we’ve included hundreds
of outstanding instrumental and vocal sounds to suit any style
of playing – from orchestral music to pop to jazz and everything
in between. A powerful built-in recording feature lets you record
music on up to 16 tracks with the touch of a button. Plus, these
instruments feature cutting-edge digital audio options, including
MP3 recording and playback.
Yes, they’re powerful – but they’re also fun. Concert Performer
pianos include hundreds of built-in drum rhythms that add
excitement to your playing and recording. If you’re a beginner, the
Auto Accompaniment Styles can follow you as you play and help
you sound like an accomplished professional. Even if you’ve never
played an instrument before, the exclusive Concert Magic feature
will give you the thrill of playing real music – all by yourself. And
if you simply want to sit back and relax, the Piano Music feature
provides nearly seven hours of prerecorded piano music in a wide
range of styles for you to enjoy.
Awe-inspiring sound and touch. Powerful features. Easy operation.
And so many different options for musical fun. They’re all here in the
new Kawai Concert Performers—the world’s finest digital pianos.
The Touc h o f a G r a n d P ia no
The keyboard action of an acoustic grand piano is composed of keys (sharps and
naturals), graded hammers and numerous other components working in harmony
when each note is pressed. This meticulously designed mechanism allows pianists
to express a wealth of feeling and emotion as it responds to the tactile nuances
transmitted through the keyboard.
Translating such intricate movements into the language of a digital instrument
while retaining all the acoustic-like subtleties is a stunning achievement – one
which has drawn upon nearly nine decades of experience in crafting pianos that
are among the world’s finest.
Grand Feel Keyboard Action
Longer Keys, Extended Pivot Length
Triple-Sensor Key Detection
Ivory Touch Key Surfaces
Embracing many of the long-established principles of piano building, the
In addition to having the longest keys of any digital piano, the new Grand Feel
The Concert Performer piano actions feature a new triple-sensor key
The Concert Performer pianos feature
new Grand Feel keyboard action in the CP1 and CP2 combines realistic
keyboard action also boasts the longest key pivot length – matching that of a
detection system for enhanced playing realism. The added third sensor
our highly-regarded Ivory Touch key
materials, motion and mechanism to recreate the exceptional touch of the
Kawai grand piano.
improves responsiveness when playing the same key repeatedly and also
surfaces. This finely-textured material
allows the sound of a single note to be “layered” to avoid losing the
possesses a natural matte finish that
previous tone when playing legato.
gently absorbs fingertip perspiration
finest grand pianos.
This improvement ensures a more evenly balanced key touch weight from front to
All 88 keys are made from long pieces of wood, with finely-textured
rear, and is particularly beneficial when playing complicated chords with fingers
ivory-like surfaces that absorb moisture for greater control. Each wooden
positioned towards the back of the keyboard.
and oils to avoid slipping and provide
greater playing control.
key pivots smoothly on a balance pin, with the ends rising and falling to
replicate the familiar “seesaw” motion of an acoustic piano action. When
Moisture is absorbed without dirt or
pressed, the back of the key lifts upward, triggering a grade-weighted
grease permeating the key surfaces,
Pivot length
hammer to strike a pressure switch. The amount of force applied to this
allowing them to be easily wiped clean
switch is measured, and the corresponding note is played with authentic
with a damp cloth.
tonal character and volume.
Counterweights placed at the front of keys in the bass region help to
Grand Piano Action
lighten their heavier touch for pianissimo playing. A let-off simulation
Pivot length
In addition, improvements to the Concert Performer sound hardware
reproduces the delicate “notch” sensation felt when playing the keys of
permit the speed at which keys are lifted to influence the release character
a grand piano very softly. These subtle characteristics allow discerning
pianists to practice their repertoire with confidence of a seamless transition
when called upon to perform on an acoustic grand piano.
of the piano sound, providing a greater range of expressive nuance
Grand Feel Action
Triple Sensor
Let-off is the subtle “notch” sensation felt at
the bottom of the keystroke when playing the
keys of a grand piano very gently. Experienced
pianists use this slight resistance to gain greater
control when playing pianissimo passages.
Let-off Mechanism
Weighted Hammer
Balance Pins
Wooden Key
Ivory Touch Key Surface
between staccato and legato playing.
Responsive Hammer II (RHII) Keyboard Action
Incorporating many of the attributes of the Grand Feel (GF) action – including
triple-sensor key detection, let-off and Ivory Touch key surfaces – the CP3’s classleading Responsive Hammer II keyboard action recreates the exceptional touch of
an acoustic grand piano, providing a smooth and natural piano playing experience.
In addition, the weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the
Both the GF and RHII actions employ a let-off
heavier bass hammers and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano. With its
mechanism that further enhances the authentic
outstanding touch response, the RHII action is sure to satisfy the needs of even the
feel of the Concert Performers.
most demanding player.
Key Pivot Point
Weighted Hammer
Hammer Pivot Point
Let-off Mechanism
Triple Sensor
Ivory Touch Key Surface
The S oun d o f a G r a nd P ia no
The Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano is widely regarded by professional
pianists and piano technicians as one of the finest instruments in the
world. Hand-built over many months by Master Piano Artisans at the
Shigeru Kawai Piano Research Laboratory in Ryuyo, Japan, each EX
Concert Grand undergoes a thorough regulation and refinement process
in a specially-designed anechoic chamber.
Following this lengthy crafting process, the completed EX Piano receives a
final series of rigorous quality inspections before eventually taking center
stage in the world’s most prestigious musical institutions and concert halls.
Harmonic Imaging™ Technology
Enhanced Virtual Technician
When playing a fine piano, the amount of
pressure applied to the keyboard affects not
only the volume of the sound produced
but also the unique tonal character of each
note. Therefore, to construct a realistic
acoustic portrait of the EX Concert Grand
Piano, each key was not only recorded
individually but also at various volume
levels ranging from gentle pianissimos to
thunderous fortissimos.
The Concert Performer’s Virtual Technician
functions invite discerning musicians to
shape aspects of the piano tone to suit their
unique preferences.
It is this award-winning Harmonic Imaging
process that allows the Concert Performers
to offer an exceedingly detailed acoustic
sound portrait that ensures smooth
tonal transitions across the keyboard and
throughout the entire dynamic range.
Extra-Long Sampling (hi-xl)
With expanded piano sound memory, the new CP1 and CP2 boast the
largest sample size of any Kawai digital piano. This “eXtra Long” sampling
process, called Harmonic Imaging XL, extends the “attack” segment of the
piano sound by up to 120% allowing the natural detail, resonance and
organic tonal quality of each note to be more clearly articulated.
Players can adjust touch weight and
voicing, regulate hammer and key release
noises, and fine-tune string, lid and
damper resonances. It is even possible to
adjust the precise tuning and volume of
individual notes – all in real-time. When
the desired refinements are completed, the
player can save the modified settings to
an onboard registration memory or USB
device, and even exchange favorite settings
with other Concert Performer owners.
Redeveloped Effects & Reverb
Powerful new digital effects in the CP Series further enhance its
outstanding core sounds, offering additional layers of detail and realism
that bring performances to life.
Studio quality chorus, tremolo, delay and auto-pan effects can be used
to tailor a sound’s character and feeling. Modeled amplifier/speaker
simulations add vintage warmth to electric pianos and trademark growl
to drawbar organs. The depth of a performance can also be transformed
using the Concert Performer’s updated reverbs, allowing pianists to hear
themselves in six different acoustic environments from a small practice
room to an inspirational grand cathedral.
Superior Speaker Systems
Acoustic Piano Variety
Concert Performer instruments feature high-fidelity speaker systems that
have been specially designed to deliver deep bass and crisp treble – perfect
for reproducing the myriad of instrument sounds available to Concert
Concert Performer instruments showcase a variety of Concert, Studio,
Jazz, Modern and Pop grand piano sounds suitable for a wide range of
musical periods and styles. In addition, a traditional Kawai upright piano
sound is included for music that calls for a more intimate tonal character.
88-Key Piano Sampling
The beautiful sound of the Kawai EX Concert Grand Piano is at the heart
of the new Concert Performer Series, with all 88 keys of this world-class
instrument painstakingly recorded, carefully analyzed and accurately
reproduced as high-fidelity digital audio.
Recording each key individually in this way (rather than stretching the same
tone over several different notes) preserves the rich harmonic character of the
EX Concert Grand Piano and guarantees that the sound heard when playing
any of the Concert Performer’s keys is a faithful representation of the original
acoustic source.
Performer users.
The flagship CP1 grand piano also incorporates speakers mounted to
the soundboard for added warmth and volume, plus a large subwoofer
enclosure for superb bass response.
Making Music Fun
Packed with Power
The CP Series is packed with features designed to help you get more
Concert Performers contain many powerful features that help you create
fun out of your music. The Song Stylist feature can provide the perfect
and perform at your highest musical level. Dozens of customizable Reverbs
combination of style and sounds for hundreds of the most popular songs
and Audio Effects add realism and depth to the sound. The exclusive
of all time. Just select a song and the Concert Performer does the rest. Song
Virtual Technician allows you to adjust the piano’s touch and tonal
Stylist is compatible with many of the most popular song books from Hal
characteristics in ways similar to the work of a real piano technician. The
Leonard Corporation.
Registration function allows you
Whether you want to relax or entertain, the Piano Music feature contains
nearly 7 hours of prerecorded piano music. Choose from Classical,
Contemporary, Evening Out and Holiday categories – or load your own
selections into the “My Piano Music” category.
Our exclusive Concert Magic
feature allows anyone, even a
non-player, to enjoy the thrill
of playing real music. Choose
from 176 songs in a variety of
popular categories. Tap any
key and Concert Magic lets
Intuitive Operation
Thoughtful design, a streamlined
Hundreds of studio quality instrumental and vocal sounds, plus dozens
panel and a large color touch
of sound effects, offer the player a vast selection of sound choices from
screen with icon-based operation
virtually every instrument family in the world. In addition to exquisite
are combined to make the Concert
acoustic pianos, you’ll discover amazing electric pianos, authentic
Performer simple and intuitive.
pipe and drawbar organs, lush strings, thrilling woodwinds and brass,
You’ll spend less time reading the
contemporary guitars and basses, drums and percussion and much more.
owner’s manual and more time
enjoying your new instrument.
you control the song as if you were
conducting an orchestra. It’s easy!
The Note Navigator provides a
roadmap to the song’s rhythm –
and many songs will provide the
lyrics with a bouncing ball guide!
Microphone Input
The CP1 and CP2 models feature
a microphone input jack with
volume control. Just plug in a mic
USB Connectivity
Powerful USB functionality lets
and sing along with a live player
Digital Audio Functionality
you connect to a computer for
MIDI use, save and load recorded
USB memory devices can be
songs, save User Settings and
used to record and play digital
Registrations and much more.
audio files in MP3 and WAV
Standard MIDI Files (SMFs)
formats. You can record multi-
downloaded from the Internet can
sound keyboard performances,
be loaded onto a USB device and
internal recordings, incoming
played on the Concert Performer.
audio (through the line inputs)
recorder can capture your playing
or sudden inspiration at any
moment. Just touch the Record
button and the Easy Recorder is
ready to go. For more adventurous
projects, the Advanced Recorder
offers a fully-equipped 16-track
system. Press the Mic Harmony
into a duo, trio or 4-part vocal
group. You can even take the place of your favorite singer by using the
Vocal Reduce function when playing an audio file!
microphone input)* or listen to your favorite artist’s latest recording and
play along!
amplified through the CP’s sound
for instant recall with the touch
of a button. System EQ, Mixer,
and Transpose highlight the list
of other key features that can
add power and flexibility to your
music. Plus, the CP1 and CP2 are
the only digital pianos that let you
play up to 3 different sounds with your right hand and a separate sound
with your left – all at the same time!
Lessons and Finger Exercises
Kawai digital pianos exclusively
feature built-in lesson songs from
Alfred Music, the world’s largest
publisher of piano method books.
Get started with the first year of
lesson songs from Alfred’s most
popular courses for Children and
Additionally, CP models offer
lesson songs and etudes from
Czerny, Burgmüller and Beyer – ideal for aspiring pianists working to
get to the next level. Plus, Concert Performers feature time-honored finger
exercises (including scales and arpeggios) in all 12 major and minor keys –
essential practice tools for pianists at every level. All songs and exercises can
be set at slower tempos which can be increased gradually as skill improves.
Right and left-hand parts can be muted independently to allow the parts
to be practiced separately
*books sold separately
Connectivity Options
button to turn your solo voice
and vocal performances (via the
or a recording, with your voice
to save up to 160 unique setups
*CP1 & CP2 only
Hundreds of professionally arranged
In addition to USB to Host and USB to Device connections, all Concert
Performer instruments feature stereo audio line inputs and outputs, MIDI
jacks, two headphone jacks for private practice and Wi-Fi capability for
communication with an iPad. The CP1 and CP2 models add an auxiliary
audio input jack conveniently located on the front panel – plus XLR stereo
outputs, a high-end audio feature that allows the instrument to connect
directly to professional recording consoles or sound reinforcement systems
for performances in public venues and houses of worship.
and recorded accompaniment styles
are ready to become your personal
backup band or orchestra. You’ll
discover styles from virtually every
genre of popular music – from
Swing to Big Band to Rock, Pop,
Show Tunes, Oldies, Latin, Jazz,
and Orchestral styles. Plus, the
intuitive Style Conductor lets you rearrange the musical parts to create
your own custom version of any style. Whether you’re a seasoned player
or novice, Concert Performer styles will help your music sound more
complete and professional.
The world’s finest digital pianos
also come with the world’s best
digital piano warranty. Purchase
your Concert Performer with
confidence, knowing that the
instrument is covered by a 5-year
parts and labor warranty
Premium Satin Black
The impressive new Concert Performer Series comes in three
models – one grand piano and two uprights. Whether you are a
performer, hobbyist, church or school, you’re certain to find the
perfect instrument to delight and inspire for many years to come.
Premium Rosewood
Premium Mahogany
CP1 Digital Grand Piano
The CP1 is an elegant 5’3” grand piano in an
exquisite Ebony Polish finish with a matching bench.
Harmonic Imaging™ XL, 88-Key Piano Sampling
RM3II Graded-Hammer Action
0ver 700
425 Styles (4 Variations per Style), Maximum 20 User Styles
215 Styles
Start/Stop, Intro/Ending (4 per Style), Fill-in (4 per Style), Fade Out, Sync Start, Tap Tempo
USB Functions
Song Stylist
Over 1000 Registrations (from 15 Hal Leonard Books*)
(4 per Style), Fade Out, Sync Start, Tap Tempo
Internal Songs
Over 700 Registrations (from 5 Hal Leonard Books*)
Stereo Delay, Ping Delay, Triple Delay, Chorus, Classic Chorus, Tremolo, Classic Tremolo, Auto Pan, Classic Auto Pan, Phaser, Rotary,
37 Songs
34 Songs
Over 7 Hours
Finger Exercises + Alfred or Burgmüller, Czerny, Beyer, and Bach lessons
176 Songs (88 x 2 Banks)
160 Registrations (20 Groups x 8)
Combination Effects x 4, Amplified Effects x 3
Load Internal Song, Load Registration, Load User Memory, Save Internal Song, Save SMF Song, Save Registration,
Record : MP3 (Bit Rate: 192 kbps, Sampling: 44.1 kHz)
Noise &
WAV(44.1 kHz,16 bit)
Room, Lounge, Small Hall, Concert Hall, Live Hall, Cathedral
Internal User Song Memory: 1MB
Save User Memory, Rename File, Delete File, Format USB, Convert Song to Audio, Overdub Audio
Start/Stop, Intro/Ending (2 per Style), Fill-in
WAV(44.1 kHz,16 bit)
Tempo = 10–300, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8, 7/8, 9/8, 12/8
Playback &
Fingered, One Finger, Full Keyboard, Bass Inversion, Harmony (10 Types)
Menu Settings
Light+, Light, Normal, Heavy, Heavy+, Off (Constant), User 1, User 2
80 Registrations (10 Groups x 8)
Tuning, System EQ (CP1 and CP2 only), Concert Magic Sound, Pedal Assign, Fill-in Mode, RIGHT3 Settings (CP1 and CP2 only), Video Out (CP1 and
CP2 only), Effect for Sound, Sound Select Mode, Style Select Mode, MIDI Menu (MIDI Settings, Transmit MIDI Data, Channel Receive On/Off, MIDI
Accordion, MIDI Sound Settings), Power Up Settings, Registration Filter, Soft Reset. Software Version, Display Control
Normal, Mellow 1, Mellow 2 , Dynamic, Bright 1, Bright 2
Damper Resonance, Damper Noise, String Resonance, Key-Off Effect (incl. Key-Off Release), Fall-Back Noise, Hammer Delay, Topboard,
Decay Time, Soft Pedal Depth
Large Color Touch Display
“Grand Feel Pedal System” – Damper (half-damper), Sostenuto, Soft (17 Functions can be assigned.)
Microphone Input
Equal (Piano), Meantone, Pure Major, Pure Minor, Pythagorean, Werckmeister, Kirnberger, Arabic 1-2, User, Key of Temperament
Stretch Tuning, User Tuning, User Key Volume, Half-Pedal Adjust, Minimum Touch
CP1/2 – 4 Parts (RIGHT1/2/3, LEFT) 3-Part Layer plus Split (Selectable Split Point), CP3 – 3 Parts (RIGHT 1/2, LEFT) 2-Part Layer plus Split
(Selectable Split Point), Mixer, Master Volume, Accompaniment Volume, Transpose, Octave Shift, Tune, Portamento (CP1 and CP2 Only), MIDI (16 Part
Speaker System
Multi-Timbral Capability), Lesson Function (723 Lesson Songs), WLAN connectivity (CP1 and CP2 Only)
Internal Recorder
Internal User Song Memory: 4MB
User Song Memory
4 Settings per Style
Play : MP3 (Bit Rate: 8k-320 kbps, Sampling: 44.1 kHz / 48 kHz / 32 kHz)
Progressive Harmonic Imaging™, 88-Key Sampling
Over 1000
1-2 Play
Other Features
The CP3 comes in a traditional digital piano cabinet
and is offered in a Premium Rosewood or Premium
Satin Black finish with matching bench.
Maximum 256 Notes
Preset Sounds
Virtual Technician
The CP2 features a beautiful upright piano style
cabinet with leg and toe-block design – and comes in
a variety of premium finishes with a matching bench.
Let-off, Ivory Touch Key Surfaces, Triple Sensor Key Detection
Sound Source
Style Controls
CP3 Digital Piano
Grand Feel (GF) Graded-Hammer Action with Counterbalancing
Keyboard Features
CP2 Digital Piano
16 Tracks and separate Style, Chord and Tempo tracks, Punch-In Recording, Step Recording, Editing Capability, Play MIDI Song
(Reads/Writes Standard MIDI File Format, Lyrics), Total Memory Capacity: approximately 50,000 Notes.
1/4” Input with Volume Control
Headphones x 2, XLR L/R Out, Line In (L/Mono, R), Line In Level Adjust, Line Out (L/Mono, R),
Fixed (L, R), GND Lift Switch, MIDI (In, Out, Thru), USB to Device, USB to Host, Video Out
Headphones x 2, Line In (L/Mono, R), Line Out
(L/Mono, R), MIDI (In, Out), USB to Device,
USB to Host
10” Woofer w/Enclosure x 1, 5” Mid x 2,
6.3 inch Full Range x 2,
3” Tweeter x 2, ¾” Dome Tweeter x 4
0.8 inch Dome Tweeter x 2
200 Watts
100 Watts
100 Watts
57” x 63” x 39”
56.1” x 22.8” x 38.1”
56.1” x 22.8” x 38.1”
430 lbs.
190 lbs.
146 lbs.
6.3 inch Full Range x 2
*Books sold separately
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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