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The program

On this page you will find an overview of the planned program during the Akustika 2024 trade fair.

The highlights

March 8-10, 2024

Meet and greet


March 7, 2024 from 7:00 p.m

Depending on the journey and hotel, we will provide tips for exploring Nuremberg individually or together (in small groups) via ticket delivery.

Meet and Greet
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From Yesterday to Tomorrow - A Glimpse into the Piano Universe

Dr. Frank P. Bär und Prof. Rainer Kotzian

Part 1: A Fast Motion History of an Emblematic Instrument

Part 2: Piano-related Research and Innovation at the Nuremberg University of Music

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BDK – Exhibitors and Sponsors evening

Nuremberg Trade Fair

March 8, 2024 from 6:30 p.m

Joint evening on the exhibition grounds with an exclusive concert for 12+ grand pianos and a buffet for dealers, conference participants and guests.

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Bolero performance on 10 grand pianos and 1 celesta and images of an exhibition on 13 grand pianos

Hardly any work was more successful during a composer's lifetime than Maurice Ravel's Boléro. A concise rhythm in seemingly endless repetition - or, as Ravel himself put it: "No form in the true sense of the word, no development, no or almost no modulation [...]" - that is the hallmark of this extraordinary piece. Originally conceived as a ballet, Ravel's Boléro has now become an integral part of concert halls. However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the premiere in Paris in 1928. Fifteen minutes of the same rhythm and only two melodies, one of which is the twin sister of the other: that was unheard of in the truest sense of the word.


And how does this masterpiece sound when played on ten grand pianos and a celesta, spread over one floor in one of the largest trade fair buildings in Europe? This unusual experiment is intended to highlight the unique variety of sounds, expressiveness, wide tonal range and impressive precision of what is probably the most important instrument in Western musical culture. Experience students from the Nuremberg University of Music with an arrangement by composition student Pascal Hülbig.


The pictures at an exhibition also became world famous over 100 years ago thanks to Maurice Ravel's richly colored orchestrations. The ten pieces were composed by Modest Mussorgsky 50 years before Ravel's orchestral arrangement and were originally for piano. They are connected to each other by the so-called promenade, which gives the impression of a tour through the exhibition with pictures by Viktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky himself said that the promenade represented himself wandering between the exhibits to look at them. Walk with us not just from picture to picture, but from piano to piano and become part of this unique changing concert. Each scene will be heard on a different grand piano. Look forward to this multi-perspective sound experience!

At the same time, if booked with the ticket, you have the opportunity to visit the pre-opening event of the whiskey fair that is taking place at the same time.

- FULLY BOOKED, additional bookings no longer possible! -


"Klavierbauerabend" / Get together


March 9, 2024 from 7:30 p.m

The piano builders' evening has now become a tradition at the BDK. This year we are particularly looking forward to spending this unforgettable evening together with all international participants! In addition to good food, drinks and many great conversations, the evening will be musically designed: by us!

Anyone who would like to be part of the program and help shape the evening with an entertaining performance (music of all kinds, stories, dance, ...) is cordially invited!

Inquiries about participation are welcome:

Abschluss Europiano

Europiano finale

Nuremberg Fair

March 10, 2024 circa 2:00 p.m

More information will follow.

The accompanying program

March 8-10, 2024

Sightseeing Nuremberg


March 9, 2024, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m

Hop-on hop-off bus tour along Nuremberg's most important sights.

From the exhibition center

East entrance

NCC East building

Große Straße

- English

Image by Thomas Winkler
Sightseeing Nürnberg

Factory Tours

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Some exhibitors will open their workshops after the congress. You are welcome to clarify dates and procedures directly with the providers individually.

August Förster GmbH

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m

Advance registration required, max. 30 people
Travel and, if necessary, overnight stay on your own and at your own expense.


C. Bechstein in Seifhennersdorf

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

When registering, please include the subject “Europiano Conference Tour”!

Contact: Katrin Schmidt,, +49 159 045 488 17

C. Bechstein Europe in Hradec Klalove (CZ)

Visit and factory tour starts in CB Europe on Wednesday, March 13, 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All registered participants should arrive at the Pianocentrum CB Europe at that time.

Contact: Ms. Simunkova, (registration by March 7th, 2024 with name, company and number of people)

PETROF in Hradec Klalove (CZ)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Travel and, if necessary, overnight stay on your own and at your own expense.

Contact: Cablk Michal,

Steingraeber & Söhne KG

Open factory, Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m

Contact: Fanny Steingraeber,

Schiedmayer Celesta GmbH

Visit possible on Monday from 10 a.m


Alfred Jahn GmbH & Co.KG

Seminar PTDAE: Course Theory & Practice, 11th-15th March 2024

Separate registration required!

Contact: Petra Abadjian,

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Program overview

March 8-10, 2024

Thursday, March 7, 2024

from 19:00

Meet and Greet

Friday March 8, 2024

9:00- 10:30

10:30- 11:00

11:00- 12:30

Opening with lecture 

  • Dr. Bär (Germ. Museum) & Prof. Kotzian (HFM)

  • honors

  • music: historical - modern instrument 

coffe break

Seminars (block 1) and exhibition

12:30- 14:00

14:00- 15:30

15:00- 16:00

15:30- 16:00

16:00- 17:00

from 6:30 p.m

Lunch break in the gastro area of the fair

Seminars (block 2) and exhibition

coffe break

Europiano general meeting

BDK Exhibitor & partner evening

„Bechstein Next Generation“

with Bechstein scholarship holder Tabea Streicher

  • Location: Exhibition Center Nuremberg

  • Buffet for dealers, conference participants and guests

from 7pm: VIP invitation to the pre-opening of the whiskey fair with the possibility of tasting

​© Carl Bechstein Stiftung

Saturday March 9, 2024

9:00- 10:30

Seminars (block 3) and exhibition

10:30- 11:00

coffe break

11:00- 12:30

Seminars (block 4) and exhibition

12:30- 14:00

Lunch break (all caterers of the fair freely selectable, included in the EuPi ticket)

14:00- 15:30

Seminars (block 5) and exhibition

15:30- 16:00

16:00- 17:00

16:00- 18:30

coffe break

BDK General Assembly

from 7:30 p.m

Piano maker evening at 'Ofenwerk'

Sunday March 10, 2024

9:00- 10:30

Seminars (block 6) and exhibition

10:30- 11:00

coffe break

11:00- 12:30

Seminars (block 7) and exhibition

12:30- 14:00

Lunch break (all caterers of the fair freely selectable, included in the EuPi ticket)

from 14:00

Monday March 11, 2024

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