Kawai ES-520 Digital Piano

$1,599.00 $1,849.00

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The ES520 boasts some of the finest performance features and technology available in a mid-range instrument and is an excellent introduction to Kawai’s line of digital pianos. Wireless connection with Bluetooth MIDI and Audio supports a wide range of apps, including Kawai’s PianoRemote, as well as music streamed from a smartphone or tablet.  Standard MIDI, USB, and Line In/Out terminals provide for wired connections.  A collection of acoustic piano sounds, along with electric pianos, organs, strings, and other instrumental sounds support a wide range of musical styles. 

Developed in collaboration with the audio experts at Onkyo, the ES520’s powerful stereo speaker system deploys the very latest audio processing and amplification technology for exceptional tonal clarity and richness.  Ideally suited for beginning piano players, recreational players, and gigging or studio musicians, the ES520 offers a grand piano-like touch and tone in an attractive, lightweight design.  Add the matching optional HM-5 stand along with the F-302 triple pedal and the ES520 is transformed into a stylish addition to any room in your home.   

ES520 Black

ES520 White

    • Responsive Hammer Compact II keyboard action with grade-weighted keys and triple-sensor system
    • Progressive Harmonic Imaging sound technology with 88-key stereo sampling
    • 34 authentic sounds, including acoustic pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings, bass etc.
    • Motherboard and amplification developed in partnership with Onkyo, 40W speaker system
    • Bluetooth MIDI and Audio functionality with aptX support for wireless communication and audio playback
    • Standard MIDI, USB to Host/Device, Audio In/Out connectivity
    • Support for latest PianoRemote control app for iOS/Android
    • Intuitive control panel layout with high quality OLED display
    • Stylish rounded case design and lightweight chassis weighing 32 lbs
    • Modern HM-5 designer stand and F-302 triple pedal bar (optional accessory)
    • Compatible with the GFP-3 portable triple pedal unit (optional accessory)

* PianoRemote app support to be added with future software update.



The new Responsive Hammer Compact II (RHC II) action has been developed to reproduce the distinctive touch of an acoustic grand piano. The weight of the keyboard is appropriately graded to mirror the heavier bass and lighter treble hammers of acoustic pianos, with a smooth matte texture applied to each black and white key for enhanced playability. As with other Kawai digital piano keyboard actions, Responsive Hammer Compact II utilizes triple sensor hammer velocity detection, and features a springless mechanism that delivers a smooth and natural piano playing experience.

Despite its lightweight, compact design, the RHC II action allows experienced pianists to perform with confidence, playing fortissimo with power and certainty, while delicately controlling the softest, most gentle pianissimo passages.


SK-EX & Kawai EX Instrument Sounds
SK-EX & Kawai EX Instrument Sounds

The ES520 digital piano captures the rich, expressive sound of the Kawai SK-EX and EX grand pianos, with all 88 keys of these exceptional instruments meticulously recorded, analyzed and faithfully reproduced using Progressive Harmonic Imaging™ sound technology. This unique process accurately recreates the broad dynamic range of the original grand pianos, affording pianists an extraordinary level of expressiveness ranging from the softest pianissimo to the strongest, boldest fortissimo.

The instrument’s built-in Virtual Technician feature allows various characteristics of these acoustic piano sounds to be shaped at the touch of a button, with settings to adjust string and damper resonance, in addition to subtle hammer, damper, and key release noises. This personalized piano sound is further enhanced with atmospheric reverberation effects, delivering a rich, vibrant piano tone with breathtaking realism and authenticity.


Complementing the realistic acoustic piano voices, the ES520 digital piano also features a strong selection of additional instrument sounds, ranging from electric pianos and drawbar and church organs, to string, choir, and mallet instruments, inviting musicians to add greater variety to their performances.

Furthermore, the Dual playing mode also allows two different sounds, such as grand piano and strings, to be layered together, while the Split and Four Hands modes divide the keyboard into two independent sections. The volume balances for each playing mode can also be adjusted quickly and easily using the real-time panel controls.

Kawai ES520 Sounds
Kawai ES520 Sounds


Kawai ES520 Back Panel

The ES520 digital piano features a variety of standard connectivity options, with Line-level output jacks that allow the instrument to be enjoyed in larger settings such as churches and schools. Standard MIDI and USB to Host connectors ensure flexibility when using computers and other electronic instruments.


In addition to standard MIDI jacks for connecting to other instruments, the ES520 digital piano also boasts integrated Bluetooth MIDI and Audio technology that allows the instrument to communicate with supported smart devices wirelessly. Once connected to a phone, tablet, or laptop, ES520 digital piano owners can enjoy a wide variety of exciting music-related apps that enhance their learning and playing experience, or stream audio from songs and videos through the instrument’s speakers without additional cables.

* Availability of Bluetooth function dependent on market location.

Kawai ES520 Bluetooth
Kawai ES520 Bluetooth
Keyboard Responsive Hammer Compact II Action

- 88 keys
- Grade-weighted hammers
- Ivory Touch white key surfaces
- Triple sensor hammer detection
Pedal F-10H pedal unit

- Damper (with half-pedal support)
Piano Sound Progressive Harmonic Imaging (PHI)

- 88-key stereo sampling
- 192 note maximum polyphony
Piano Resonance - Damper Resonance
- String Resonance
Piano Adjustment Virtual Technician (17 parameters)

- Touch Curve (incl. User Touch Curve)
- Voicing (incl. 88-key User Voicing)
- Damper Resonance
- Damper Noise
- String Resonance
- Key-off Effect
- Fall-back Noise
- Hammer Delay
- Topboard Simulation
- Decay 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
No. of Sounds 34
Reverb 6 types
Other Effects 11 types + 4 combination effects + amp simulator
Speakers (8 x 12) cm x 2
Output Power 20 W x 2
Display 128 x 64 pixel OLED
Music Rest Detachable type (included)
Dimensions Width 52 3/4" (134 cm)
Depth 14 2/3" (37.5 cm)
Height 5 2/3" (14.5 cm) (not including music rest)
Weight 32 lbs (14.5 kg)
Available Finishes Black
Snow White
Basic Functions Dual
Four Hands
Internal Songs Sound Demo 23 songs
Internal Recorder Total Memory Approximately 5,000 notes
No. of Songs 3 songs
Parts 1 track recorder
Metronome Time Signatures 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 3/8, 6/8
Drum Rhythms Rhythm Section

- 100 styles
Bluetooth * Bluetooth (Ver. 4.1; GATT compatible)
Bluetooth Low Energy MIDI Specification compliant, Bluetooth Audio
USB Audio Recorder Playback SMF
App Functions Virtual Technician app (iPad)
PianoRemote app
Connector Jacks Headphone 2 (1/4",1/8 “ )Stereo jacks
Line Out 1/4" L/MONO, R [unbalanced]
Line In 1/8" Stereo
USB to Host
USB to Device
Others Damper/Soft (for GFP-3/F-302)
Damper (for F-10H)
Power Consumption 18 W (PS-154 AC adaptor)
Others Warranty Card *
Owner's Manual
Music Rest
F-10H damper pedal (with half-pedal support)

Owners Manual: Download
MIDI Settings: Download