Bechstein donates a piano
The Shanghai Garden Hotel, a classic baroque building, offered a marvelous venue for the conference and for an exhibition about the successful history of C. Bechstein. Xiaotang Tan, a famous Chinese pianist celebrated the 200th anniversary of Liszt's birth with Liszt’s “Liebestraum” and brought to mind that Liszt admired and loved the instruments of Carl Bechstein. Tan also played “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov with great passion, on a wonderfully restored grand piano. This piano had in the past belonged to famous pianist and conductor Hans von Bülow, a student of Liszt and a close friend of Carl Bechstein.
Karl Schulze, German CEO of the C. Bechstein company, attended the press conference in person, to tell the story of this German brand with its’ 158 years of history. He spoke about numerous composers (from Liszt to Debussy), who appreciated Bechstein, but also mentioned Bechstein’s royal customers, such as Alexandrina Victoria, the British Queen,who requested C.Bechstein to make a “Golden Piano”. This was the most expensive piano in history.
Xiaotang Tan played Schumann’s “Träumerei” (Children Scenes), before Karl Schulze handed a certificate of donation to Chen Jie, director of Shanghai QingCongquan Training Center for autistic Children. The document states, ‘’ Bechstein donates an upright piano (W.Hoffmann, made by C. Bechstein Europe) to the Center.’’ This Center was founded in 2004. It is a non-profit private organization which provides professional rehabilitation training and coaching to children who suffer from autism and their families. Schulze pointed out that autistic children are often very receptive to music, and music can help in their development. Many journalists attended this press conference and broadcasted Schulze’s statements on different Chinese TV channels.