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Kawai Epic Institution

The recent acquisition of 31 Kawai and Shigeru Kawai pianos has been a landmark event for Jacksonville University. In addition to our concert, studio, and rehearsal pianos, students benefit from access to a suite of new, state-of-the-art electronic keyboards in our computer-equipped music lab.

“We chose Kawai as our piano fleet partner for their impeccable craftsmanship, durability, and artistic expression,” said Dr. Scott Watkins, Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Jacksonville University’s Keyboard Studies Program. “Our investment in these new instruments, like the investment our dedicated students make in a quality education, is one which will last a lifetime.  Potential students immediately recognize our commitment to their success, and our alumni know that where they earned their education is worthy of their attention.  We are proud to have earned Kawai’s EPIC designation, and expect our new fleet of exceptional pianos to attract talented musicians for a long time to come.”

Chairperson Dr. Thomas Harrison added, “anytime that an institution makes significant upgrades to instruments and equipment, you proving to current and potential students that a high level of commitment to relevancy is important to everyone associated with music there.  The partnership that we have with Kawai helps students becomes more proficient using the pianos or the keyboard workstations in our music technology laboratory.  As a composer, I love writing using the Shigeru and Kawai lines as I find them inspirational as I create."

Exceptional tone, touch and consistency have made Kawai pianos a preferred choice of professional pianists and music educators for generations. The elite Shigeru Kawai grand pianos are acclaimed worldwide for their quintessential tone and performance.  The Elite Performing Instrument Collection (EPIC) is a program made possible by the Shigeru Kawai Endowment.