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

The Carl Bechstein Foundation supports 86 young pianists with 18 scholarships of €12,000 each and 68 one-off payments of €2,000 each, with a total amount of €352,000.
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Ten special scholarships worth a total of 120,000 euros awarded

Young pianists are particularly affected by the corona pandemic. Soloists in particular earn their living primarily by giving concerts, which has been almost impossible over the past year and until today.
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Special prize of the foundation at the Maritim music competition goes to Helena Popović

16.12.2019

The special prize of 1,000 euros awarded by the Carl Bechstein Foundation during the 2019 edition of the Maritim Music Competition went to Helena Popović (age 25) from Hamburg’s University of Music.
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Record participants at the sixth Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Youth in Berlin

04.11.2019

The Carl Bechstein Foundation awarded prizes worth 10,000 euros at the sixth Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Youth held from 1st to 3 November 2019 at Britz Manor in Berlin.
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Carl Bechstein Foundation takes over a collection of vintage keyboard instruments

14.08.2019

The Carl Bechstein Foundation has accepted the collection of vintage keyboard instruments donated by the Berlin-based “Lebensfarben” foundation. The aim is to create an internationally renowned collection to appreciate the...
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Olivia Bergmann and Benjamin Bächler awarded special prize at the “Jugend musiziert” national competition

14.06.2019

The thirteen-year-old pianist Olivia Bergmann and the equally young saxophonist Benjamin Bächler received the special prize of the Carl Bechstein Foundation endowed with 2,000 euros at the national competition "Jugend musiziert"...
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Brilliant concert with scholarship holders at Charlottenburg Palace

27.05.2019

On 26 May 2019, a wonderful matinée concert was held in the Orangery at Charlottenburg Palace. This was the second concert at the venue by our newest scholarship holders. On this occasion, however, only three of four pianists...
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Bechstein prizewinners and scholarship holders at the Bach festival in Rostock

15.05.2019

At this year’s edition of the Bach festival held in Rostock, young pianists from the Carl Bechstein Foundation gave seven concerts and thrilled the audience with their musical talent and technical ability.
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A new piano for the Georg Büchner school in Joachimsthal

02.05.2019

The Carl Bechstein Foundation achieves genuine grassroots work in rural regions. For example, it granted a new piano to the Georg Büchner school in Joachimsthal in March 2019 to help promote music playing in this small town...
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Three years later: the “SchuleEins” school in Berlin-Pankow and the piano donated by the Carl Bechstein Foundation

11.03.2019

Three years ago the SchuleEins received a piano from our foundation. The two antique existing instruments are now only used for practice, and high-quality piano lessons could be established on the new piano.
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Charity concert by Bechstein trainees for the benefit of the Carl Bechstein Foundation

09.03.2019

On March 7 and 8, 2019, C. Bechstein's trainees organized a benefit concert for the Carl Bechstein Foundation. Donations of 1,500 euros were collected.
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New pianos for the school “An der Strauchwiese”

15.02.2019

The school “An der Strauchwiese” in Berlin-Pankow includes a primary school and special classes for pupils who need tailored support in language and piano lessons now are possible on high-quality pianos.
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Special prize of the Carl Bechstein Foundation at the Maritim Music Competition

18.12.2018

The Carl Bechstein Foundation again donated a special prize worth 1,000 euros at the 19th Maritim Music Competition for the best piano accompanist.
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The healing power of music – a new piano for Berlin’s Benjamin Franklin Charité University Clinic

14.12.2018

A very special thanks: For the excellent treatment in the Benjamin Frankin Hospital Berlin, a cured patient decided to donate a new piano to the hospital band. Our foundation was happy to support this.
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Prizewinners love groovin’ at the fifth Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Youth in Berlin

06.11.2018

The Carl Bechstein Foundation awarded prizes worth 7,000 euros on the occasion of the final concert of the Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Youth held at Britz Manor in Berlin. For the first time the competition was...
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Cooperation with the Bach Festival Rostock 2019

19.10.2018

The “Neue Bachgesellschaft” society has hosted the annual Bach festival in different cities since 1901 and visits Rostock for the second time in 2019 with the Carl Bechstein Foundation as a partner.
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Scholarship holders perform at anniversary concerts for the C. Bechstein company

05.10.2018

C. Bechstein Pianofortefabrik celebrated its 165th anniversary in September 2018 at the Seifhennersdorf factory. Participants appreciated the performances of Tabea Streicher, Marvin Tint and Ron Maxim Huang, three scholarship...
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News from Mendelstrasse primary school

02.07.2018

In the Mendelstraße primary school in Hamburg, a piano from the Carl Bechstein Foundation has been standing for two years now and is in frequent use.
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Ilia Antoniadis and Levent Geiger receive special prize

25.05.2018

Ilia Antoniadis and Levent Geiger won the Carl Bechstein Foundation’s special prize of 2,000 euros at this year’s “Jugend musiziert” national competition held in Lübeck.
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Carl Bechstein Foundation awards prizes at the Władysław Kędra Competition

22.05.2018

Over the Whitsuntide weekend, the Carl Bechstein Foundation partnered the Władysław Kędra Competition held in Łódź and sponsored each of three first prizes in two age groups.
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Introducing our new scholarship holders

23.04.2018

We were able to introduce four new scholarship holders to the Berlin public on the penultimate weekend in April 2018. Two concerts in the Orangery at Charlottenburg Palace presented the young musicians who showcased their...
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Spring concert at Kartzow Manor in summer-time temperatures

18.04.2018

The sun was shining with the young musicians, who presented a varied programme to an enthusiastic audience in Kartzow Castle on 15 April 2018.
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Christian Höppner re-elected as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Carl Bechstein Foundation

22.03.2018

Professor Christian Höppner, secretary general of the German Music Council and president of the German Cultural Council, was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the Carl Bechstein Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
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Bechstein Prize at the German National Music Competition 2018

20.03.2018

The Carl Bechstein Foundation awarded again a special prize of 2,000 euros at the 2018 German National Music Competition. The prizewinners were the singer and piano duo Elena Harsányi and Toni Ming Geiger.
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Special prize from the Carl Bechstein Foundation at the 18th Maritim Musikwettbewerb competition

18.12.2017

The final concert of the 18th Maritim Musikwettbewerb competition, organized for students at conservatories in Northern Germany, took place last weekend. The Carl Bechstein Foundation once again presented a special prize, endowed...
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Carl Bechstein Foundation donates 160th piano

25.11.2017

The Carl Bechstein Foundation launched the Pianos for Schools project in 2013. We donated our 160th piano just last week to Fichtelgebirge elementary school in Berlin.
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Success of the 2017 Carl Bechstein Competition

21.11.2017

It was a big day for little pianists at the 4th Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Youths, held in Berlin November 17 to 19, 2017. A total of sixty-two young people, divided into in four age groups, qualified for the...
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Special prizes at the International Youth Piano Competition in Essen

16.06.2017

The Carl Bechstein Foundation once again endowed special prizes for this year’s edition of the International Youth Piano Competition held in Essen. Three prizes were awarded to talented pianists who impressed the judging panel...
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Prize and scholarship winners shine at Charlottenburg Palace

13.06.2017

Congratulations and many thanks to the prize and scholarship winners, who put on two fantastic concerts last weekend during the Day of Music staged at Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace.
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Successful benefit concert with Boris Bloch

29.05.2017

Our warmest thanks to Boris Bloch and the Lions Club Düsseldorf-Rheinturm e.V. for the benefit concert held at Düsseldorf’s Stilwerk arcade. The audience was very generous, as a total of €3000 was raised for the Carl Bechstein...
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