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Neoclassical superstars: leaders of a gentle revolution

This article was published in the Financial Times on 4th July 2018 https://www.ft.com/content/402bb948-7de9-11e8-af48-190d103e32a4

Neoclassical superstars: leaders of a gentle revolution

How the instrumental music of Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds and others became a big hit with young audiences

Michael Hann JULY 4, 2018

More than 5,000 people have filled the Royal Albert Hall for an evening concert of instrumental music. The thing that’s unusual for an instrumental concert at the grand old arena is that almost all of them are young: twentysomethings and thirtysomethings in T-shirts and jeans. Continue reading Neoclassical superstars: leaders of a gentle revolution

Bringing Contemporary Classical To The Masses

https://thecuspmagazine.com/features/piano-men-feature-spotify-playlists-bringing-contemporary-classical-masses/

By Simon Fearn

Joep Beving, a 42-year-old Dutch composer with a bristly, pointed beard and fronds of dull blonde hair, seems born to write soulful piano melodies. His rapid rise to fame, however, is nothing short of miraculous. It was 2015, and he’d been forced to release his debut album Solipsism independently after being turned down by a record label. Suddenly, he found that his Spotify streams were skyrocketing after one of his tracks was added to the streaming giant’s in-house Peaceful Piano playlist (which currently has over four million followers). Continue reading Bringing Contemporary Classical To The Masses