The largest European instrument maker and a traditional producer of master-class concert pianos with a distinctive European sound – since 1853
C. Bechstein organised an extraordinary two-year cycle of Beethoven’s piano sonatas at the St Agnes Convent in Prague. Performing on the D 282 concert grand piano, the charismatic virtuoso Saleem Ashkar rendered all 32 of the maestro’s sonatas – rightly termed The New Testament of Music – during eight evenings in two concert seasons from 2016–18. His precise yet heartfelt performance won him the audience’s respect. The complete set of sonatas was also recorded for the prestigious label Decca.
Influencers of Resonance is a new 2018/19 cycle that loosely follows on the series and introduces four prominent figures of the contemporary Czech piano scene.
For more than a century and a half, C. Bechstein has been manufacturing masterpieces that are the embodiment of quality, exquisite sound and tone. The highest quality of timbre and perfect action brings the beauties of the great era of the piano into the present day. From the outset, C. Bechstein’s philosophy has been influenced by the likes of Hans von Bülow or Franz Liszt. The company continues in its great tradition of handcrafted production, complemented with cutting edge technology. Instruments of the C. Bechstein and Bechstein brands are made exclusively in Europe, in the company’s German factory in Seifhennersdorf, Saxony; upright and grand pianos of the W. Hoffmann brand are built by the subsidiary C. Bechstein Europe in one of the most modern European production facilities in Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic. C. Bechstein pianos can be found in the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Paris Conservatoire, the Berlin Philharmonic...