Peter Bence

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July 2024

What comes to mind when you think of a piano recital? This time it’s something completely different.   

The virtuoso Hungarian pianist Peter Bence will be performing in Olavinlinna Castle. He’s a pianistic wildcard whose international popularity skyrocketed when he happened to make videos of two arrangements of Michael Jackson songs and posted them on his YouTube channel. Within a week, the videos had been viewed ten million times.   

He doesn’t just ‘play the piano’, he makes music on the grand piano in every conceivable sense. Bence is a multi-talented musician who also composes.   

Sometimes it sounds like an entire orchestra on stage instead of just one instrument.

A graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, he is also a composer. Although he is classically trained, Bence’s concerts feature arrangements – in the spirit of the 19th-century piano ‘rock star’ Franz Liszt – of modern-day hits ranging from Michael Jackson to Queen and Sia.  

Best of all is Bence’s motto: ‘Just for fun’.  

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Peter Bence

Savonlinna Hall

The conference and concert venue Savonlinna Hall on the Kasinosaari Island was built in 2002, and the oldest section of the building, Wanha Kasino (Old Casino), dates from 1896. Savonlinna Hall combines the long traditions of the area, the celebrated skill of Finnish timber construction, and modern technology.

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