September 3rd, 2021
Visitors find their way to the Czech Marianske Lazne, in German Marienbad, not only because of the beautiful city flair, but above all because of the famous spa. From 19 to 26 August there was another good reason to visit the city: the Chopin Festival, which is one of the most important music festivals in Europe since 1960. Instrumentalists from all over the world again performed at its 62nd edition in the glamorous "Casino" and the city theater.
We are very happy that C. Bechstein was the official partner of the Chopin Festival in Marienbad for the first time this year. This meant that the pianists performed on C. Bechstein concert grand pianos and could enchant their audience with the very special sound. Ivett Gyöngyösi, a pianist from Hungary, said after her concert:
“It was a great pleasure for me to play the Chopin Concerto No. 1 in E minor with Leos Svarovsky and the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra on the Bechstein grand piano. I could communicate my expressions through this wonderful instrument easily and accurately to the audience. I was especially inspired by the colour palette of the piano."
Pianist Edwin Szwajkowski added:
“I was surprised by the splendid and such a delicate sound this piano owns. The instrument had a perfectly fitting sound for Chopin music. It seemed to me that this piano has a soul which absolutely empowered my own performance’s spirit. Thank you, Bechstein, for this wonderful experience."
The guests and the musicians were also able to get to know instruments from the W. Hoffmann line in an exhibition and admire a renovated historic C. Bechstein grand piano. The manufacture of W. Hoffmann instruments and the renovation department are both located in the Czech Republic, in the university town of Hradec Králové.