What the press says about the Carl Bechstein Foundation
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The Carl Bechstein Foundation supports 86 young pianists with grants amounting to €352,000
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.
In February 2021, the Carl Bechstein Foundation launched a competition for ten scholarships for talented young classical pianists who plan to take up careers as soloists. Gregor Willmes, member of the Foundation’s Executive Board, stated: “More than ninety people applied, 86 of whom met the application criteria. We noticed that all young pianists are on the edge of indigence. […] Artists at the beginning of their careers used to finance their living through concerts and competition prizes, but this became impossible last year.” Based on this observation, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board unanimously decided to increase the number of scholarships to eighteen and to provide a one-off payment to all applicants who were not selected.
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.
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.
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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”.
Teilnehmen können junge Musikerinnen und Musiker, die zum Stichtag (2.11.2018) das 21. Lebensjahr noch nicht vollendet haben und die seit mindestens sechs Monaten einen festen Wohnsitz in Deutschland haben. Anmeldungen für den Wettbewerb sind möglich bis zum 15. September 2018. Zur Jury zählen mit Prof. Wolfgang Köhler, Hubert Nuss, Benjamin Schaefer und Nicolai Thärichen bekannte Jazz-Pianisten und Klavier-pädagogen sowie mit Dr. Berthold Klostermann ein auf Jazz spezialisierter Musikjournalist und Veranstalter.
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 language) as well as the >> press photo © Neda Navaee/Carl Bechstein Stiftung
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 dowload the complete press release here (only in german).
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.
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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 language).
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.
You can find the complete press release here. (only in german language)
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).
You can download the complete press release here. (only in german language)
New piano as flood aid
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.
Foundation of the month
“Invitrust – the charitable foundation supporting the idea of foundations” chose the Carl Bechstein Foundation as “Foundation of the Month” in January 2014. You can find the detailed report here (only in german language)
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 Television 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.
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Foundation of the month
In January 2014, the Invitrust organisation selected the Carl Bechstein Foundation as “Foundation of the Month”.