Guin­ness World Record-break­ing pi­anist to give con­cert in Baku

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

PThe mu­si­cian will per­form at Baku Congress Cen­ter on Novem­ber 24 with "Awe­some Pi­ano" solo pro­gram.

Peter Bence is an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed vir­tu­oso pi­anist, record­ing artist, com­poser and pro­ducer.

He is listed in the Guin­ness Book of Records as a pi­anist record holder for the speed of a re­peated key press (765 notes per minute).

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On the eve of the con­cert, the or­ga­niz­ers pre­sented to Trend Life an in­ter­view with Peter Benz.

I kind of dis­cov­ered the pi­ano for my­self when I was around 2-3 at my grand­par­ents’ house, they had an up­right pi­ano. Of­fi­cially I went to mu­sic school at 5.

I al­ways wanted to also play drums, but never had the time to take lessons, but now I re­al­ize ev­ery­thing I play on the pi­ano comes from a very per­cus­sion-ori­ented mind­set, I am play­ing a per­cus­sion on the pi­ano. Well pi­ano is ac­tu­ally a per­cus­sion in­stru­ment af­ter all.

It de­pends what I’m pre­par­ing for, it’s not in­tense prac­tice all the time, but I spend at least half my day - when I can (tours and trav­el­ing ex­cluded) - with a pi­ano, mostly ar­rang­ing, com­pos­ing or even im­pro­vis­ing. My fam­ily? They’re fine with it :) I’d say when I’m fin­ish­ing a mix or mas­ter, lis­ten­ing to a song for the 1 mil­lionth times is more an­noy­ing for them prob­a­bly!

I had many through­out my child­hood like Mozart, Chopin, Bach or Bar­tok, later John Wil­liams, Hans Zim­mer, then Michael Jack­son, who def­i­nitely shaped my craft a lot.

To­day I draw in­spi­ra­tion from pretty much any­body or any­thing, even chefs like Gor­don Ram­say, Ray­mond Blanc or Jamie Oliver, Gen­narro Con­taldo (be­cause I love to cook a lot) and ev­ery day I find some sim­i­lar­i­ties and par­al­lels be­tween mak­ing mu­sic and mak­ing food.

As a stu­dent I al­ways played pieces much faster than they were meant to be played and my teach­ers and friends al­ways joked I should break this Guin­ness World Record, “it’s a per­fect fit for me”. So I only did it for fun, and as for many world records, it was about ex­tend­ing the hu­man lim­its as well as the lim­its of the me­chan­ics of the grand pi­ano. It was more math, than mu­sic! :)

I en­joy the process of mak­ing an ar­range­ment or writ­ing a song, but as soon as it’s fin­ished and pub­lished, I in­stantly find things I could change and make it bet­ter, thus I never feel sat­is­fied and makes it hard to pick one. I’d say “The Awe­some Pi­ano” which will be on my new al­bum, also named af­ter this very song. There’s some­thing about it that makes me happy. No, it’s too dif­fi­cult to do it here in Europe.

We never know. Gen­er­ally speak­ing at my con­certs it’s al­ways the best au­di­ence, be­cause peo­ple come to see me, but if there’s a pri­vate event for bankers and lawyers it’s a dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tion.

I don’t have fa­vorites. It could be any food, if made well and with pas­sion, I love it.

Usu­ally I have a strong vi­sion about how I want some­thing to be, or how I want my mu­sic to sound like. Luck­ily I took lessons on mu­sic pro­duc­tion, sound de­sign and mix­ing while I was at Berklee in Bos­ton, and I’ve learned so much since then too. I mix and mas­ter all my mu­sic, which counts for at least half of the work af­ter a fin­ished ar­range­ment, but I’m not plan­ning to give this up any­time soon. I love pro­duc­ing and I trust my ears!

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