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.

Projects of the Carl Bechstein Foundation

Schools receive pianos free of charge

Schools receive pianos free of charge

PIANOS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The Carl Bechstein Foundation provides selected elementary schools with free pianos for piano lessons.(read more)

Piano and one string instrument

Piano and one string instrument

CARL BECHSTEIN COMPETITION

The seventh Carl Bechstein Competition, which was cancelled in 2020, will be held in Berlin from October 29 to 31, 2021. Register now! (read more)

Additional scholarships

Additional scholarships

PROGRAMME FOR GIFTED PIANISTS

The Carl Bechstein Foundation supports 86 young pianists with scholarships and one-time payments totaling 352,000 euros. (read more)

Doing good in the name of Carl Bechstein

Doing good in the name of Carl Bechstein

CARL BECHSTEIN FOUNDATION

The non-profit Carl Bechstein Stfitung was founded in December 2012. Learn more about the intention, the founders and the name giver. (read more)

Special prizes and scholarships

Special prizes and scholarships

PROGRAMME FOR GIFTED PIANISTS

The Carl Bechstein Foundation supports highly gifted children and young people through prizes and scholarships.(read more)

Historical collection

Historical collection

COLLECTION OF INSTRUMENTS

The Carl Bechstein Foundation is building up a collection of historical instruments in order to make them sound in workshops and concerts. (read more)

Help us to encourage children

Help us to encourage children

DONATE

With your donation you help us to finance the projects for the promotion of children and young people. (read more)

Project insights

PIANOS FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

NEWS

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Yumeka Nakagawa wins Clara-Haskil-Piano Competition 2021

Great success for Yumea Nakagawa, who won the 1st prize at the Clara Haskil Piano Competition, as well as the Audience Prize and the Coup de Coeur Special Prize.
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Special prize at the German Music Competition for Knut Hanßen

Knut Hanßen wins the Foundation's special prize of 2,000 euros at the 2021 German Music Competition.
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Scholarship Holders’ Concert in the Rococo Hall of the Town Castle Eisenach

A great concert with three of our scholarship holders took place in Eisenach this weekend.
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Successful Premiere of the Carl Bechstein Hall in Spandau

The ensemble "lied23" just opened the new Carl Bechstein Hall in Berlin-Spandau. An oasis of culture is now blossoming in the middle of an industrial area.