What the press says about the Carl Bechstein Foundation

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Record number of participants in the sixth Carl Bechstein Competition for children and young people in Berlin

Prizes worth more than 10,000 euros were awarded by the Carl Bechstein Foundation at the 6th Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Young People, which was held in the Kulturstall of Schloss Britz in Berlin from 1 to 3 November 2019.

For the first time, the competition was announced for the category "Piano solo - classical music and jazz". Over 90 young pianists had applied during the application period, which had to be shortened by two months due to great demand. 64 pianists from all over Germany were accepted - a new record number of participants.

Here you can find the complete press release (only in german), the list of prize winners and a press photo © Thorsten Eichhorst.

6th Carl Bechstein Competition for children and young people will take place from 1-3 November 2019 in the Kulturstall of Schloss Britz

From November 1 to 3, 2019, the Carl Bechstein Foundation together with the Cultural Foundation Schloss Britz is organizing the 6th Carl Bechstein Competition for children and young people in the Kulturstall of Schloss Britz - this year in the special category "Piano solo - Classical & Jazz". Prizes to the value of 10,000 euros are awarded.

Although the participants in these very different categories will compete in different scoring groups, they will perform the winners' concert together. The classics will experience how jazz musicians present their music on stage, and vice versa. Classical music remains classical, jazz remains jazz. But perhaps all of them will emerge from this parallel competition with a slightly different approach.The jury consists of active musicians and music educators who are well versed in both classical music and jazz: The jury is chaired by Prof. Gesa Lücker (Cologne University of Music and Dance). Together with her, Prof. Markus Becker (Hanover University of Music, Theatre and Media), Anke Helfrich (Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, Dr. Hoch's Conservatory Frankfurt), Prof. Björn Lehmann (Berlin University of the Arts) and Alexander Wienand (Paul Hindemith Music School) will select the winners of the competition.Click here for the complete press release (onnly in german) and press photo © Neda Navaee.

Fifth Carl Bechstein competition for children and young people invites young jazz pianists

The Carl Bechstein Foundation, together with the Stiftung Schloss Britz, is organizing the fifth Carl Bechstein Competition from November 2 to 4, 2018, again in the Kulturstall of Schloss Britz in Berlin, this time in the category "Jazz Piano Solo".

The competition is open to young musicians who have not yet reached the age of 21 on the closing date (2 November 2018) and who have been permanently resident in Germany for at least six months. Applications for the competition can be submitted until September 15, 2018. The jury consists of Prof. Wolfgang Köhler, Hubert Nuss, Benjamin Schaefer and Nicolai Thärichen, well-known jazz pianists and piano teachers, and Dr. Berthold Klostermann, a music journalist and organizer specializing in jazz.

Here you can find the complete >> press release (only in german) as well as >> the press photo © Neda Navaee/Carl Bechstein Stiftung (The photo can be used free of charge.)

Brilliant prizewinners at the fourth Carl Bechstein Competition for children and young people in Berlin

Prizes worth 10,000 euros were awarded by the Carl Bechstein Foundation at the winners' concert of the fourth Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Young People in the Kulturstall of Schloss Britz in Berlin. For the first time, the competition was announced for the solo piano category. And with more than 60 entries from all over Germany, the competition achieved a record number of participants.

A total of 17 young prize winners aged eight to 17 years played works from Bach to Rachmaninov at the prize winners' concert in the Kulturstall. Outstanding performances were to be admired by the prize winners of all four age groups. The response of the participants to the four works commissioned by the Carl Bechstein Foundation, which were premiered, was particularly gratifying: a total of 23 participants played "The Girl and the Mountain" by Vasiliki Kourti-Papamoustou, the "Planetary Pictures" by Konstantin Dupelius, "Cassiopeia" by Meike Senker and "What is Order already?" by Sascha Thiele at the competition. The young composers had been selected by the Foundation in cooperation with the association "Neues Zeug".

You can download the complete press release here (only in german).

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High number of applicants for the fourth Carl Bechstein Competition 2017 - no more registrations possible

The Carl Bechstein Foundation, together with the Cultural Foundation Schloss Britz, is organising the fourth Carl Bechstein Competition for children and young people from 17 to 19 November 2017.

And the interest shown by the young pianists is so great that the time available for the evaluation games has already been exhausted. Unfortunately, no further applications can be accepted at this stage.

Here you can find the complete press release (only in german) and >> the press photo © Thorsten Eichhorst/Carl Bechstein Stiftung (The photo can be used free of charge.)  

Third Carl Bechstein Competition for Children and Young People invites piano duos to Berlin

The Carl Bechstein Foundation, together with the Cultural Foundation Schloss Britz, is organizing the third Carl Bechstein Competition for the instrumentation "Piano Duo" in the Kulturstall of Schloss Britz in Berlin from November 11 to 13, 2016.

An expert jury will award prizes of more than 10,000 euros at the Carl Bechstein Competition. The jury consists of Prof. Wolfgang Manz (chair), Mona Bard, Simone Foth, Götz Schumacher and Prof. Gerrit Zitterbart, pianists and music teachers who have made a name for themselves in the field of chamber music and/or have rendered outstanding services to the promotion of young musicians. The closing date for registration is September 30, 2016 (date of postmark).

You can find the complete press release here (only in german).

 

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Carl Bechstein Foundation hands over 100th piano to primary school

The Carl Bechstein Foundation provides the 100th piano free of charge: The new instrument was officially inaugurated at the Freinet School in Cologne on 19.2.2016.The Carl Bechstein Foundation has set itself the goal of promoting piano playing. As many interested, curious and talented children and young people as possible are to be given the opportunity to learn to play the piano. After the first 60 instruments were made available primarily in Berlin and the surrounding area, the project has been expanded nationwide since the beginning of 2015. Further primary schools from all over Germany are welcome to apply for a piano.Here you can find the complete press release (only in german). 

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Carl Bechstein Foundation receives German Cultural Promotion Prize (Deutscher Kulturförderpreis)

The Carl Bechstein Foundation receives the German Cultural Promotion Prize 2015, awarded by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. and its partners Süddeutsche Zeitung and Handelsblatt.The Carl Bechstein Foundation, which was only established at the end of 2012, received the award for its project "Pianos for Primary Schools". Since April 2013, more than 80 elementary schools have received a piano from the charitable foundation free of charge. By the end of the year, the number of schools is to reach 100. "With its project, the Carl Bechstein Foundation enables children to enter the world of music, which they might not be able to do under the current school education system," stated Prof. Markus Schächter (former director of the ZDF).The complete press release (only in german) can be downloaded >> here.

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New piano as flood aid

Article published in the Leipziger Volkszeitung

In an article published in the Leipziger Volkszeitung of 10 February 2014, Frank Schmidt reported on the new grand piano donated to the Muldental music school by the Carl Bechstein Foundation. The grand replaces an instrument that was destroyed by flooding in June 2013. The inaugural event for the new piano was delayed as the refurbishment of the music school’s ground floor still goes on.

Der Tagesspiegel presents one of the benefactors

On 4 August, 2013, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel published a article on Stefan Freymuth, the main shareholder of Bechstein Pianofortefabrik AG. The entrepreneur’s portrait also mentioned the new Carl Bechstein Foundation.
Read the article (in German language) here.

RBB reports on the Carl Bechstein Foundation

On 30 April 2013, RBB was the first television network to report on the new Carl Bechstein Foundation. The impact of the report was immediate: several Berlin schools called the Foundation in the days that followed. All of them have since received pianos donated by the Foundation.

Elation in Westphalia

News "Westfälischer Anzeiger"

In the 16 January 2014 issue of the Westfälischer Anzeiger, Torsten Haarmann reported in detail on the first piano donated by the Carl Bechstein Foundation to an elementary school outside the greater Berlin area.
Click here to download the original newspaper article.

Foundation of the month

In January 2014, the Invitrust organisation selected the Carl Bechstein Foundation as “Foundation of the Month”. Click here to read the complete story.

Detailed portrait in the Neue Musikzeitung

Article in the nmz (Neuen musikzeitung)

The Neue Musikzeitung is one of the most widely read music magazines in Germany. The November 2013 issue contains an interview with benefactor Berenice Küpper and project manager Gregor Willmes by Jelena Rothermel. Click here to read this interview that offers a detailed portrait of the Carl Bechstein Foundation.

Successful press release

FONO-FORUM-News

The first press release from the Carl Bechstein Foundation, issued in late September 2013, aroused much interest: nearly all German music magazines reported, both on the Internet and in their print editions, on the new foundation and its projects. Several daily papers also reported on it. The article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 20 October 2013 is particularly memorable.
Click here to read selected articles:

http://www.vioworld.de/blog/2013/10/carl-bechstein-stiftung-ermoglicht-kindern-das-klavierspiel/

http://www.klassikinfo.de/

http://www.crescendo.de/carl-bechstein-stiftung-ermoeglicht-kindern-das-klavierspiel-und-foerdert-junge-pianisten-1000002290/

http://www.das-musikinstrument.de/

http://www.musik-heute.de/6443/carl-bechstein-stiftung-ermoeglicht-kindern-das-klavierspiel/