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.

The International Piano Festival in La Roque d’Anthéron, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010, is the largest event of this kind in Europe. In 2012, as much as 83,600 visitors attended ninety-seven concerts. This is also the only festival where the pianists can choose their grand piano on the morning of their performance from a selection of top-class instruments. Bechstein has been highly successful at La Roque d’Anthéron since 2008, as noted by René Martin, the festival director, and Denijs de Winter, one of the world’s best concert technicians, in a 2009 video interview.
This year also, many of the pianists chose to play on a Bechstein. The instruments were prepared by Denijs de Winter and concert technician Torben Garlin who travelled from Berlin to be there.
The crowning event of this year’s festival was a concert given by Plamena Mangova and Adam Laloum. Together with the Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, these excellent pianists gave a dynamic and colourful interpretation of the two Brahms piano concertos on a Bechstein.

Follow the links below to experience the live recordings made by Arte:
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Plamena Mangova)

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Adam Laloum)

Photographs by Christophe Grémiot and Leslie Verdet (Festival International de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron), and Torben Garlin (Bechstein).

Tim Sebastian Berger, Arkadiusz Marcinkiewicz,  Klaviergalerie, C. Bechstein Centrum Hamburg