Bechstein at Wigmore Hall II
As part of the Fauré Project at London’s Wigmore Hall, formerly Bechstein Hall, some of France’s best living musicians — Nicholas Angelich and Michel Dalberto (piano), Renaud Capuçon (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello) and Gérard Caussé (viola) — gather around a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand piano to play selected works by Gabriel Fauré.
Dalberto and Bechstein on Tour
Michel Dalberto, accompanied by Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, will play works by Fauré in Bensheim, Essen, Birmingham, London and Bonn. The fourth member of the tour, which begins in late April 2013, will be a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand, under the care of the Belgian concert technician Denijs de Winter.
C. Bechstein Gleams Golden
C. Bechstein celebrates its 160th anniversary with a unique achievement: a luxurious, sumptuously ornamented instrument made by master craftsmen and artists using the most exquisite materials. C. Bechstein CEO Karl Schulze presented the C. Bechstein grand piano Louis XV at a press conference in Berlin. Pianist Dudana Mazmanishvili performed on the piano works by Mozart and Chopin.
Win a Piano!
C. Bechstein gives away a free W. HOFFMANN Upright Piano V 112. Take part in our official C. Bechstein Piano Quiz on Facebook – your chance to win a W. HOFFMANN Vision V 112 piano (1st prize), a Bechstein piano stool (2nd prize) or a fine CD package (3rd prize) consisting of brilliant recordings of world-class pianists playing on C. Bechstein. The sweepstake is open to international participants and ends May 20, 2013.
Bechstein at the Wigmore Hall
Gérard Caussé (viola) and Michel Dalberto (C. Bechstein D 280 concert grand) performed works by Weber, Brahms and Berlioz/Liszt at the Wigmore Hall. The magnificent Wigmore Hall was built by Bechstein in 1901. After the expropriation of the First World War, the Concert Hall is called Wigmore Hall.
BAM! Concerts for Children
After the great success of our BAM! Concerts for Babies series at the C. Bechstein Center Düsseldorf Kamelia Neumüller, head oft the music school Niederkassel, has developed a new program of classical concerts suitable for children ages 3 and older.
Bechstein on Twitter
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Bechstein Seminar in Aix-en-Provence
French Bechstein dealers were invited to a seminar in Aix-en-Provence from 1 to 3 September 2012. During the event, Marketing Manager Berenice Küpper and Technical Manager Leonardo Duricic provided the participants with the latest news on the manufacturing and marketing of the instruments.
Bechstein Successful in La Roque d’Anthéron
François-René Duchâble, Jean Paul Pennetier, Claire-Marie Le Guay, Claire Désert, Shani Diluka – Once again, renowned pianists were playing Bechstein pianos, this time at the 32nd International Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron. The highlight of the festival was a concert, captured live by Arte television, of the two Brahms piano concertos played on Bechstein.
Bechstein on Youtube
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Visiting the C. Bechstein Manufacturing Site
A tour of our impressive C. Bechstein piano factory in Seifhennersdorf can give you insight into our unique production. From September 2012 onwards there will be guided tours through the C. Bechstein manufacturing site on the first Monday each month.
International Music Fair 2012
All the main Bechstein dealers from Germany and abroad came to Frankfurt’s Bechstein Center while visiting the 2012 International Music Fair. The Center’s elegant atmosphere and the excellence of the new models exhibited prompted them to order, so that the Bechstein order books are filled. Even the competition came to visit... and expressed their compliments. By the way: Bechstein sold a great number of grand pianos in 2011 and the upwards trend continues this year. There is also a growing demand for individual finishes, like the C. Bechstein grand in rosewood with chrome plate and hinges, for example.
New catalogue brings C. Bechstein legend to light
The new C. Bechstein catalogue, titled The Sound of Excellence, is the first publication to show portraits of the team that makes the German brand so successful. Candid photos take you inside the factory to see craftsmen at work bending cases, building soundboards, hand-winding strings, installing the action, and much more.
C. Bechstein - The Sound of Excellence
Product development is continuing with the same intensity as in recent years. The novel C. Bechstein grand pianos feature still greater capacity for tone - sustain and modulation. These instruments of the masterpiece class offer the pianist improved finesse as well as a more professional touch and sound.
Werner Albrecht presents Bechstein VARIO
Werner Albrecht, the number two in C. Bechstein’s technical department, stars in a captivating video all about the new Bechstein Vario System. The fifteen-minute film was produced in a Berlin television studio and demonstrates the many possibilities of this unique digital mute – designed by Bechstein and made in Germany. Thanks to the Bechstein Vario, you can play day or night without disturbing your family or neighbours. Bechstein Vario quickly and easily turns your piano into a MIDI master keyboard. See for yourself!
Master Class with Dimitri Bashkirov
Dimitri Bashkirov, one of the best and most famous piano professors worldwide, will give a master class from April 16th to 20th in Berlin. The Studio Niculescu will arrange the master class in cooperation with the C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG. More than 20 young pianists applied for the master class. Professor Bashkirov will select seven active participants on April 16. Dimitri Bashkirov and all activ participants of the master class will perform in the closing concert, to take place on April 20 in the stilwerk Berlin as part of C. Bechstein's Piano Concert Series 2012.
Bechstein donates a piano
On the occasion of “Music China” (International Exhibition for Musical Instruments) in Shanghai, Bechstein arranged it’s first large media conference. The highlight of the event was Bechstein’s donation of a upright piano to the Shanghai QingCongquan Training Center for Children with Special Needs.
David Theodor Schmidt on tour in the Bechstein Centers
Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as “the new darling of all piano aficionados”, while Fono Forum dubbed him “Star of the month” after his first Bechstein CD. David Theodor Schmidt now releases a second album entitled Wohin? — once again on a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand. The young pianist is to give five concerts featuring works by Bach, Schumann and Schubert/Liszt (see dates under Scheduled concerts).
Great pleasure thanks to Bechstein Vario
Enjoy Bechstein perfection day and night – without disturbing your roommates or neighbours. The novel Bechstein Vario digital mute system was developed by Bechstein and is made in Germany. It enables you to enjoy the exquisite Bechstein sound fully without even making the strings resonate. The Bechstein Vario system stands out with its exceptionally dynamic sound, elegant design and ease of use. See also Music Magazine Pianist No 63.
Thumbs up for Bechstein
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Highly rated in Pianiste
The latest issue of the French music magazine Pianiste (July/August 2011) contains an extensive feature on Bechstein, including an article on the newest additions to the group’s product portfolio showcased at the last Frankfurt Music Fair and a comprehensive test of the W. Hoffmann T 122 piano – to which the magazine gives top marks.
New CD recorded on Bechstein
All over the world, an increasing number of pianists are recording on Bechstein pianos. Just recently, the following artists recorded new CDs on a Bechstein: Nicholas Angelich and Michel Dalberto, David Theodor Schmidt, Claire Désert, Shani Diluka, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Motoi Kawashima, Vassily Primakov and Haiou Zhang.
Karl Schulze Interview in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
Business editor Thiemo Heeg has written a portrait of the C. Bechstein company and its CEO Karl Schulze in the FAZ of 6 June 2011. The half-page article, titled "We Don’t Want to Die Beautiful", appeared in a regular FAZ feature that showcases companies and entrepreneurs.
C. Bechstein Hochschulwettbewerb für Klavier Baden-Württemberg 2011
Young Sun Jin has been awarded First Prize at the third C. Bechstein Baden-Württemberg Conservatory Competition for Piano. A student both of solo piano at Trossingen conservatory and of chamber music at Stuttgart conservatory, Young Sun gave an outstandingly colourful interpretation of the first volume of Claude Debussy’s Images at the winners’ concert held at Trossingen State Conservatory.
In-house exhibition in Frankfurt Bechstein Center
At the International Frankfurt Music Fair in April 2011, Bechstein displays its new models and the entire product range. Visit us at Eschersheimer Landstraße 45. Playing and testing welcome!