14 May 2021
By Ellie Palmer
The piano manufacturer is set to open the new building in Spring 2023 after more than a century's absence from the famous street
The new building will consist of an impressive two-floor showroom, 13 practice rooms, plus a one-bedroom apartment equipped with a Bechstein piano and 24-hour practising facilities intended for international artists performing in London.
The statement piece of the project is a magnificent 100-seat concert venue, aptly called Bechstein Hall. Work on the new building has already begun, and is set for its grand opening in Spring 2023.
Set to be located on 22 Wigmore Street, the new building will just be a stone's throw away from Wigmore Hall. The Hall was originally Bechstein Hall until it was acquired as enemy property during World War Once back in 1916 due to its German roots.
Jaques Samuel Pianos managing director Terry Lewis will take on the role of artistic director of the Hall. Lewis comments, "Bechstein returns to the concert stage, which it once mastered as the favoured piano of the golden age of pianism. With this massive investment in London, one of the world’s leading centres of musical excellence, Bechstein proclaims boldly – it is back!’
Lewis speaks to Pianist inside issue 120 (out on 21 May) about how the Coronavirus pandemic has positively affected retailers and manufacturers, looking particularly at the rise in piano sales.