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"Ian Burgess-Simpson is regarded as South Africa's leading Piano Specialist and Master Rebuilder"


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ian burgess-simpson pianos

Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos sells new and pre-owned pianos, both acoustic and digital.


The company was started by Ian in 1997 as a one-person operation and became the largest piano company in South Africa, built on the specialisation of Steinway rebuilding, especially concert instruments.


With this background as the foundation of the business and a thorough knowledge of the piano market, both nationally and internationally, the company is uniquely positioned to support the pianos we sell and to guide customers to an informed and optimum choice when buying a piano.

We handle a high level of concert work nationally, for institutions and professional pianists, including all four of South Africa's Steinway Artists. Institutions include Bishops, SACS, St Cyprians, Westerford, Herschel, the South African College of Music, Hugo Lambrechts Music School, Cape Town Phiharmonic Orchestra and the Baxter Concert Hall.


Read more about the company and our customers here.

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Piano Brands

Shigeru Kawai logo

Shigeru Kawai is Kawai’s range of hand built premium pianos. They are by far the best value of the few piano brands which qualify as ‘fine pianos’. Shigeru Kawai, along with Steinway and Fazioli, are becoming the standard performance concert pianos offered in international competitions and concert halls.

The attention to detail in these pianos is impressive.

They are built by small teams, all of whom are Master Piano Artisans, which is Kawai’s highest technical qualification. They have a wide and expressive dynamic range with superb control even in the most delicate passages, as well as unusual power and a generous, full bass register.

There is some interesting common ground with Fazioli, as both brands blend tradition and innovation in their design and manufacturing, such as carbon fibre in section of the mechanism, improving power and speed in the Shigeru Kawai.

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Shigeru Kawai grand piano

"This is one of the oldest existing European manufacturers, and still family owned and managed. It is currently headed by Susan Petrof, great great granddaughter of Antonin Petrof, the original founder. The pianos have been produced in the same factory in the Czech Republic for over one hundred and fifty years.

I have always valued and admired the Petrof pianos we’ve worked on, and I’ve rebuilt several Petrof concert grands, which were extremely impressive instruments.


The quality of those pianos remains very clear in their new instruments. Petrof have a classic European tone character and a precisely articulated touch. They are a very strong contender in the European market for concert venues, professionals, teachers and serious amateur pianists."

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Petrof grand piano
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Kawai used to build a range of instruments, but they now solely focus on building pianos. This single mindedness of purpose translates into truly wonderful instruments.

It is for good reason Kawai pianos are considered among the best affordable quality instruments available.


Although embracing modern production processes, there remains a large amount of handwork involved in the production of each Kawai piano.


They have pioneered the use of composite materials in the production of their pianos, most notably the carbon fibre used in the piano actions.

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Kawai grand piano

Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos stock a select number of pre-owned pianos. Typically we only stock pre-owned pianos of high quality reputable brands and specific pianos that are in good condition.



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