Bechstein - The Legend

Mythos Bechstein

Our tradition

Carl Bechstein
Highest quality since 1853. Scan through a company history that is also an exciting success story.

Our brand worlds

Michel Dalberto
C. Bechstein, BECHSTEIN, W.HOFFMANN - strong brands from German and European production.

The Art of Piano Making

The Art of Piano Making
C. Bechstein - piano building at the highest level. Check out the videos from our piano factory.

Norbert Ely, the famous author and journalist, has written a history of the company. Click here to download this informative and exciting story.


The Bechstein myth feeds on a great tradition, based on excellent piano building and strong brands. Since Carl Bechstein founded 1853 the Pianoforte production facility in Berlin, the name Bechstein stands for the highest class of upright and grand pianos. Not without justification, Claude Debussy stated: "One should only write piano music for Bechstein."

C. Bechstein - piano building that becomes living sound

The myth lives on – even today Bechstein manufactures pianos at the highest level. Our piano factory in Seifhennersdorf, Saxony, builds on the craftsmanship of Carl Bechstein and at the same time uses modern CNC technology to raise the precision of piano-making to an even higher level. Watch our videos and take a look at the not-to-be-surpassed art of instrument making.

Hans von Bulow, the first chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, declared, "Bechstein is for pianists as Stradivarius and Amati are for violinists." On January 22, 1857, Bulow premiered Liszt's B-minor Sonata on a Bechstein grand piano and thus started a great tradition. Liszt later stated in a letter to Carl Bechstein: "I have now played your instruments and they have maintained their pre-eminence for 28 years."

To date, Bechstein builds instruments at their finest. In the chapter Piano Building Art you can see what a great effort is required of man and material, so that a high-profile grand piano can be produced. Karl Schulze, CEO of C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG, supervises the production. In Seifhennersdorf grand pianos and uprights of the brands C. Bechstein and BECHSTEIN are manufactured; in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, W.HOFFMANN brand instruments are produced. You will learn which concept and which demands lie behind the three brands on the page "Brand Worlds."