Pletnev’s piano is priced at $140,000

Pletnev’s piano is priced at $140,000


norman lebrecht

December 03, 2022

The former Russian, now Swiss, pianist plays an intrument hand-made for him by Kawai in Hamamatsu, Japan.

Nothing else will do.


Is any other leading pianist committed to this brand?


  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Mostly popular music.

  • GUEST says:

    The Corgi is the best thing in this PR puff piece.

  • ER says:

    During the Chopin competition this past year, this was one of the pianos available, and it sounded wonerful.

  • Rob says:

    Greatest pianist alive.

  • Monty Earleman says:

    So, it cost less than a Steinway….

  • Jay says:

    Just a beginner called Martha Argerich.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    What I hear sounds wonderful, especially the two octaves above middle c.

  • Victor says:

    did it come with a Japanese boy on the side?

    • Nick2 says:

      You, Victor, are a disgrace! You perpetuate a total myth with zero basis in fact as has been stated and proved time and time again in this blog. You should not be permitted to post on this site!

    • Bonetti Micaela says:

      Commento disgustoso.
      (Scusi, Lei è stato nella sua camera da letto?)

    • Paul says:

      Oooh! Controversial!

      • Nick2 says:

        Not at all controversial! Victor is using innuendo to spread a malicious rumour that was put to rest more than a decade ago after Pletnev’s career had suffered from what was later proved as a totally false allegation. This has been raised here before and I thought NL had banned future discussion.

  • john humphreys says:

    Kawai generously supplied the Shigeru-Kawai EX concert grand for all three rounds of the Dudley International Piano Competition recently ( plus £3000 prize money. The piano sounded magnificent in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Kawai is a good piano, and if Pletnev got one that was custom-made at the factory, then $140,000 seems pretty reasonable.

  • Piano fan says:

    Earl Wild, who knew something about pianos, dropped Baldwin in favor of Kawai.

    • Nick2 says:

      Piano fan is not quite correct. As the superb Earl Wild writes in his biography, he absolutely loved his Baldwin piano. He did not drop Baldwin. Indeed, it is unlikely he would have changed but Baldwin went bust and so from 2001 for the last four years of his concert life he switched to the Shigeru Kawai. He does add, though, that he was pleased with the Kawai.