They say that you need three things to be successful in music ‒ talent, timing and luck. And perhaps an additional something special that makes you stand out. Joep Beving, the most listened pianist and composer on musical online platforms, has all of these things ‒ and then some. A relative newcomer on the music scene, today his name is mentioned in the same sentence with Lubomyr Melnyk, Max Richter and Nils Frahm.
Almost two metres tall, the Dutch pianist with his wild hair and long beard is reminiscent of a friendly giant from a children’s fairy-tale book. His piano style ‒ relaxed, melancholic ‒ highlights his gentle nature while the subtle melodies calm the soul.
Beving’s music is like an antidote to this frantic world, full of uncertainty and fear: it is music for a kinder and brighter future. The musician himself calls it a “simple music for complex emotions”.
Although Beving loved playing the piano as a boy, he ended up studying economics and working in advertising as he grew up. And yet, at the age of 38, Joep realized what his real vocation was after all and made his return to music.
His debut solo album Solipsism, which Joep Beving recorded on his own, was released in 2015 and went on to become a real sensation with tens of millions of downloads on music websites, followed by sold-out concert appearances. Then came an invitation to work with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, which released the last two parts of Beving’s trilogy, Prehension and Henosis.
8 April sees the release of Joep Beving’s fourth studio album Hermetism. Inspired by ancient philosophy, Beving’s latest project is in search for universal ideas. Written during the darkest days of the pandemic, at a time of fear and polarisation, the recording offers a mix of bitter melancholy and hope. ‘I hope that it will have a comforting and communal effect on listeners,’ the musician reveals.
The concert in Cēsis takes place as part of the European tour supporting the new album.