film The Soul of Sound
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. Today, C. Bechstein pianos can be found in the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Paris Conservatoire, or the Berlin Philharmonic.
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.
In May 2019 the company opened a piano showroom in Prague, the largest display and sales piano centre in the Czech capital.
Next season’s third cycle of piano recitals will offer concerts by four extraordinary Czech artists of the young and middle generation. From October 2020 to May 2021, the master-crafted C. Bechstein D282 grand piano at the St Agnes Convent in Prague will yield its exquisite sound to Martin Kasík, Kristina Barta, Nikol Bóková, and Lukáš Klánský. The range of sounds and styles to fill the concert hall this coming season will be rich indeed: whereas the two gentlemen are excellent interpreters of classical repertoire, the two young ladies like to foray beyond the boundaries of cultivated music, exploring jazz and other genres. The Influencers of Resonance series, organised by C. Bechstein, is the successor to Saleem Ashkar’s two-year Beethoven Residency, in which all 32 of Beethoven’s masterful piano sonatas were performed over the course of eight concerts. The series’ accomplishments have been further compounded by eminent “Influencers” to date, namely Tomáš Kačo, Beata Hlavenková, Jan Bartoš, Ivo Kahánek, and Marek Kozák. The project has launched a tradition of giving prominent music personalities the freedom to conceive a recital that would give full voice to their creative opinion and prowess.