Young Hungarian Piano Virtuoso to Play Gig at MVM Dome
Young Hungarian piano virtuoso Bence Péter, whose work is recognized by a range of world-class musicians is set to play a concert in Budapest's MVM Dome on May 26.
"It all started with my grandmother's piano," says Bence Péter, who was not yet two when he started to play the music of a cartoon from memory on the old instrument. He started music school at the age of five, then went on to the Kodály Zoltán Music College in Debrecen, and his dream came true: he was accepted to Berklee College of Music, one of the world's greatest contemporary music schools, where he had studied with Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, hard rock and metal legend Steve Vai, and acclaimed composer Howard Shore, known for his work on the Lord of the Rings series, among others.
The young Hungarian musician originally wanted to be a film composer, which is why he applied to Berklee, but then his first cover of Michael Jackson's Bad suddenly burst onto the scene and he focused on performing.
"That's when I had the urge to use the piano to the extent that I would use it to transcribe something for an orchestra," he said earlier.
In the meantime, he become acquainted with his great idol, John Williams, who composed the music for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and has also developed a friendship with Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winner Hans Zimmer.
"He just started following me on Facebook," says Bence Péter. Zimmer also left comments on the young artist's videos and they've even met in person.
Bence Péter has 2.3 million followers on the biggest social networking site. Among his followers is 16-time Grammy winner David Foster, followed by Jonathan Moffett, who was the drummer for Michael Jackson who has big plans to put together a collaboration with the Hungarian pianist. He's also followed by David Paich, keyboardist for Toto and author of the song "Africa". In addition, a number of stars were seen in the audience during Bence Péter's concerts, including Mika, and Geri Halliwell.
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