Peter Bence

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Peter Bence
Born 5 September 1991 (age 26)
Origin Hungary
Occupation(s) Pianist, composer, music producer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1998–present
Website peterbence.com

Peter Bence (Hungarian: Bence Péter; born 5 September 1991) is a Hungarian pianist, composer and music producer. He has gained considerable popularity with his piano arrangements of Despacito (Fonsi/Yankee/Ender), Michael Jackson, Queen and Sia collecting over 500 million video hits and a popular following on his YouTube channel and Facebook page. His most viewed video of all time is his lively rendition of "Despacito."

Bence holds a Master of Arts in Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design from the Berklee College of Music (2010-2015)[citation needed]. Between January 2012 and March 2017 he held the world record for most piano key hits in one minute (765) according to the Guinness book of records.[1][2]

Life[edit]

Peter Bence started playing the piano at an early age and finished his first own composition aged 7, which was heavily influenced by the music of Mozart and Chopin. In 2002, at 11 he published his first solo piano album of his early compositions called Green Music. In 2008 he released his second album Nightfall.[citation needed] The sheet music for his composition Piano Piece Based on Fibonacci Sequence, an audition piece performed in 2009, was requested by many pianists. He was considered a musical prodigy by teachers and peers, and was already accepted at Franz Liszt University of Music in Debrecen, while he was still enrolled at elementary school.

In his teens, Peter started to show great interest in film music, especially the music of John Williams, which has opened up a new world for him and made him further explore himself musically.

After his training in classical piano and composition in Hungary, he continued his studies as a scholar at Berklee College of Music in the United States as a film scoring and piano major. Even though he was taking in every genre of music possible, he found his biggest influence in Michael Jackson.

In January 2012 he attained the Guinness World Record for the “most piano key hits in one minute” with 765 key hits, which record hasn’t been broken ever since.

Peter began uploading videos to YouTube while at Berklee and in 2015 with his arrangement of Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ he quickly rose to fame, collecting a whopping 10 million hits over just a few days, becoming a massive viral sensation. Now he has over 500+ million accumulative video views on Facebook and YouTube combined. In the past two years alone he has performed for tens of thousands throughout 40 countries, opened BBC’s Proms In The Park 2017, in Hyde Park, London for 50,000 people, and was featured the Ellen DeGeneres Show’s website, BBC, Buzzfeed, 9GAG, Classic FM, iHeart Radio or Billboard. He is currently finishing his debut album, which will feature some of his best covers and solo piano compositions.

Discography[edit]

  • 2004: Green Music
  • 2008: Nightfall

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berklee Student is World’s Fastest Pianist at berklee-blogs.com, access date 21 July 2015
  2. ^ Bence Peter: So haut der Turbo-Pianist für Michael Jackson in die Tasten at klatsch-tratsch.de, access date 21 July 2015

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