“Music is the universal language of mankind”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

The Carl Bechstein Foundation is committed to promoting the musical talents of children and young people. The aim is to enable as much – underprivileged – youth as possible to learn the piano. Children who play an instrument develop their personalities better, stand in good stead for life, improve their IQs and are stronger in today’s often cold and materialistic world.


Ten one-year scholarships

In 2021, the Carl Bechstein Foundation will award 18 additional annual scholarships and 68 individual grants with a total value of 352,000 euros.

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Carl Bechstein Competition

The Carl Bechstein Competition for young pianists who live in Germany is held annually and takes various forms.

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Collection of vintage pianos

The Carl Bechstein foundation is setting up its own collection of vintage keyboard instruments to make the history of the piano directly accessible to the public, and especially young people.

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Pianos granted to schools

Pianos for children

The Carl Bechstein Foundation delivers pianos to schools free of charge, awards various prizes and scholarships to promote young talents and intends to organise a competition.
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Concerts with fellows and laureates

The Foundation invites grant holders and award winners to perform in concerts that are held regularly at a variety of venues.

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Doing good in the name of Bechstein

Carl Bechstein

The non-profit Carl Bechstein Foundation was founded in December 2012. Discover its purpose, its founders… and Carl Bechstein.

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Help us to promote young talents

Boy at the piano.

The Friends of Carl Bechstein Association supports the Foundation. Help us to enable children and young people to learn the piano.

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