Our tradition

Claude Debussy

"One should only write piano music for the Bechstein."

1890-1909

With the opening of the Bechstein Hall in 1892, a dream came true for Privy Counselor Carl Bechstein, as he was to be called in the meantime. Bechstein had arrived on the big and small stages of the world.

1892

On 4 October in Linkstraße the "Bechstein Hall" is opened, as architects they win the Schwechten firm, which had rebuilt the Philharmonic. The hall is maintained according to Italian Renaissance in white and gold. The opening is celebrated with a three-day music festival, among others playing were Johannes Brahms, Hans von Bülow and Anton Rubinstein. C. Bechstein sets standards for the highest art of piano making and conquers international concert stages.

1897

In Berlin Kreuzberg a third assembly plant is established in the Reichenberger Straße.

1900

Carl Bechstein dies, his unique life's work easily survives subsequent generations. His sons, Carl, Edwin and Johannes, take over the management of the business. Production in 1900 amounts to over 3,500 instruments.

1901

The magnificent Bechstein Hall in London's Wigmore Street offers room for 500 people, there are 300 concerts organized annually. After the expropriation of the First World War, the Concert Hall is called Wigmore Hall.

1903

During the year of the company's 50th anniversary, 800 Bechstein employees build 4,500 instruments in four factories. Since 1853 a total of 65,200 uprights and grand pianos have been manufactured. In the prestigious Paris 334 St. Honoré a French Bechstein office is created.