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Grand Bohemian Limited Edition by Kessler

For the creation of its newest piano, Bösendorfer worked with international artist Franco Castelluccio and entrepreneur Richard Kessler—owner of the highly acclaimed Grand Bohemian boutique hotels and a passionate art collector—resulting in a piano which is as much a work of art as it is a musical instrument.

Original Design

The design for the Grand Bohemian was inspired by pieces from Kessler’s personal collection, including a painting of a peacock and a special collection of bronze sculptures. Fascinated by the beauty and elegance of the peacock, and the ideal use of bronze for the base of the piano, Kessler selected these themes and works of art to cultivate inspiration for the design.

“I’m fascinated with the beauty and elegance of the peacock, and bronze was the perfect medium for the base of the piano.”Richard Kessler



Mythical Forest

The Grand Bohemian piano would look as at home in a mythical forest as an art museum or luxury penthouse. A bronze cast base of sculpted tree branches adorn woodland creatures; a majestic peacock with feathers unfurled makes up for the music stand. LED lighting within the sounding board area and lighting under the base give the piano an otherworldly glow. Some areas like the frame are gilded with 23-carat finest gold. The vibrant red of the inside of the piano lid and inner rim make this piano unlike any other in elegance and opulence. The “Grand Bohemian” is limited to nine instruments worldwide, this one-of-a-kind masterpiece will be enjoyed by musicians and art aficionados alike.


VIDEO: Bösendorfer Grand Bohemian Piano by Kessler

For the creation of its newest piano, Bösendorfer worked with international artist Franco Castelluccio and entrepreneur Richard Kessler—owner of the highly acclaimed Grand Bohemian boutique hotels and a passionate art collector—resulting in a piano which is as much a work of art as it is a musical instrument.



Bohemianism

Bohemianism defines an unconventional lifestyle, and this kind of characterizes Richard Kessler, hotelier and art collector. When you visit one of his highly acclaimed boutique hotels, he wants you to have an immersive cultural experience. Each hotel is filled with original sculptures, paintings, glass art, and contemporary jewelry by nationally and internationally renowned artists. Art and music are recurring themes throughout his business holdings. Kessler thinks that the Bösendorfer is the premier instrument being made today. “I wanted to honor the instrument, just put it into an art form.”

Designing this piano was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done.”Richard Kessler

VIDEO: Grand Bohemian Piano in Vienna

The Bösendorfer Grand Bohemian Special Edition Piano – At the Hotel Imperial in Vienna





Birth of a Bösendorfer in 4 Minutes  (click piano to start video)

Bösendorfer ranks among the world’s oldest and most prestigious piano manufacturers. World-famous for intricate hand-craftsmanship and inspiring sound, Bösendorfer has been refining the art of Viennese piano-making since 1828. Dedicated craftsmen have passed traditions down from generation to generation, and as such have continued to perfect the beautiful look and sound that make Bösendorfer truly unique.

Since the company’s founding, Bösendorfer has remained unwaveringly committed to crafting the most exclusive pianos in the world and has paid meticulous attention to the design of each individual instrument. This is evident in their special design pianos in particular. From collaborations with traditional designers such as Anton Grosser and Theophil Hansen, as well as leaders in modern design such as F.A. Porsche and Audi, Bösendorfer has produced a number of beautiful instruments that challenge the boundaries of traditional piano design—while maintaining the acoustic integrity and revered Bösendorfer sound.

 

The Grand Bohemian Piano

The Grand Bohemian piano embodies the seamless integration of traditional piano craftsmanship with magnificent design. Not only is this instrument a reflection of Bösendorfer’s unlimited potential in design and craftsmanship, it is also a magnificent work of art. To find inspiration for this new piano, Bösendorfer worked with entrepreneur Richard Kessler—owner of the highly-acclaimed Grand Bohemian boutique hotels and a passionate art collector—resulting in a design that is as unique and grand as Kessler’s Bohemian brand.

As an established connoisseur and collector of art, Kessler, along with international artist Franco Castelluccio, played an integral role in the realization of this dream piano. The Kessler Collection is passionately invested in art and music, as in Bösendorfer, so it is no surprise that the end result is as much a work of art as it is a musical instrument. The design for the Grand Bohemian was inspired by pieces from Kessler’s personal collection, including a painting of a peacock and a special collection of bronze sculptures. Fascinated by the beauty and elegance of the peacock, and the ideal use of bronze for the base of the piano, Kessler selected these themes and works of art to cultivate inspiration for the design.

Exuding an opulent, classic-contemporary design, the Grand Bohemian piano would look at home in a mythical forest as it would in an art museum or luxury penthouse. With a bronze cast base of sculpted tree branches adorned with woodland creatures and a majestic peacock with feathers unfurled for the music stand, this piano is unlike any other in elegance and opulence. In addition, the entire piano frame has been meticulously covered by hand with 23-karat gold leaf and includes carefully placed LED lighting giving the piano an otherworldly glow—an appropriate finishing touch for such a grand instrument.

The Grand Bohemian supersedes the expectations of customary piano design, while maintaining the tradition, high-quality and exclusivity expected from Bösendorfer. Limited to nine instruments worldwide, this one-of-a-kind masterpiece will be enjoyed by musicians and art aficienados alike.

“Bösendorfer is the premier instrument being made today, known for creating unique, hand-crafted instruments. My hotels are also highly-designed products, with art and music being a significant part of the brand. As an art collector myself, I also own Bösendorfer instruments. Designing a piano with the company, along with my friend and international artist Franco Castelluccio, has long been a dream of mine. This namesake piano is a reflection of Bösendorfer’s limitless possibilities and, at the same time, is truly a collector’s piece of art. Designing this piano was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done.”Richard Kessler
“The design for the Grand Bohemian was inspired by pieces from Kessler’s personal collection, including a painting of a peacock and a special collection of bronze sculptures.”Piano Performer Magazine

“The Grand Bohemian piano is a prime example of how traditional piano building craftsmanship seamlessly combines with magnificent design.”Pianist Magazine