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C. Bechstein dazzles in Berlin and Hamburg

Two magnificent concerts performed on an instrument that’s second to none

Two magnificent concerts performed on an instrument that’s second to none: William Youn opted for a C. Bechstein D 282 concert grand piano for his show as a trio with Sabine Meyer and Nils Mönkemeyer at the Konzerthaus in Berlin. One week later, Haiou Zhang wowed the audience with a performance at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg – once again on a C. Bechstein D 282.

Haiou Zhang, a twenty-five-year-old Chinese pianist, thrills audiences on the world’s major stages. He recently performed on a C. Bechstein D 282 at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, where he played Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Xin Tan. Haiou Zhang also recorded Liszt’s complete sonatas (again on a C. Bechstein grand) for a CD released on the label Hänssler Classic, which was a resounding success all over the world. He will be giving another concert at the Laeiszhalle on 13 November before embarking on a tour of China in December and January. Upon returning to Europe, he will be performing at the Konzerthaus in Berlin on 21 April 2017 as part of the new series of C. Bechstein piano recitals.  

In the same concert hall in Berlin, Sabine Meyer (clarinet), Nils Mönkemeyer (viola) and William Youn (piano) put on quite a spectacle last October. Clarinet, viola and piano: an quite unusual association//combination… Besides Schumann’s fantasy pieces and Märchenbilder, the three musicians performed Mozart’s Kegelstatt-Trio, which, as legend has it, was first played on a bowling alley in Vienna. This is highly likely since we know that Mozart enjoyed playing the game with his musician friends and would usually take a viola along. After the performance by Sabine Meyer, Nils Mönkemeyer and William Youn (on a C. Bechstein D 282) on this enjoyable evening, the trio left the stage to rapturous applause.

Pictures @ Gregor Willmes