Like in the first Carl Bechstein competition, only piano duos could participate in the third edition of the event. Professor Manz praised the excellent musical level of the participants and stated:
“The Carl Bechstein Foundation fills a gap with this event as piano duo competitions, which became rare after their heyday in the 19th century, are again high in demand. The success of modern duos and the fact that numerous music conservatories now offer duo courses underscore the importance of making children and youths aware of the advantages of playing in duo.”
During the final concert given at the idyllic Britz Manor, Cornelia and Markus Nick of Karlsruhe (first prize winners in age group IV) played a particularly demanding piece, Camille Saint-Saëns’s Danse macabre Op. 40. No prize was awarded in age group III, but Marie and Florentine Lehnert, who came from Leipzig, were the laureates of the first prize in age group II. Last but not least, the duos Valeria Erandi/Alejandro Gonzáles Gerwig (Königswinter) and Nina Patricia Purto/Wilhelmine Freytag (Leipzig) were the joint winners of the first prize in age group I.