Joep Beving has been one with the piano from an early age. He was forced to end his musical studies at the conservatory and instead continued at university to get a degree in public policy and public administration. However, his love for his instrument never perished. Where once his goal was to hit as many notes per minute as physically possible, his style of playing has changed over the years, searching for a particular aesthetic essence. His path was illuminated by a piano that Beving inherited from his grandmother when she passed away in 2009. This German instrument insisted on a gentler touch and a gracious pace, which eventually led Beving to adapt to a more classical vocabulary to tell his story.
This story started to manifest itself relatively late in life, when in 2014 at age 38, he was forced to stay home from work and decided to answer the draw of his piano. In search of tranquility, music started to present itself that he had never played before in his life. Minimal pieces that he later once described as ‘simple music for complex emotions. Turned down by the only label he approached, Joep decided to self-release his debut album Solipsism in 2015.
The sound of his piano found its way to the ears of Deutsche Grammophon’s A&R manager Christian Badzura when visiting his favorite Bar in Berlin. This led to the signing of Beving to the world’s foremost classical label and consequently the release of equally successful sophomore album ‘Prehension’ in 2017, making Joep one of the most listened to living pianists in the world at that time.
April 2019 saw the release of HENOSIS, which was awarded with an Edison. Since then, Joep has released several well received singles, composed for film and ballet and in 2022 presented his return to solo piano with the album Hermetism.