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Joep Beving goes from fiddling on his grandmother's piano to millions of streams / The Sydney Morning Herald

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About three weeks after self-publishing his debut album Solipsism on Spotify in 2015, Dutch composer Joep (pronounced Yoop) Beving was stunned to discover the blissed-out piano tracks he intended purely for his nearest and dearest had hit 60,000 streams. "To me that was already crazy," he says. "And then all of a sudden it started to rack up really rapidly." That figure is now well north of 85 million listens. "Trying to get to grips with those kind of numbers is quite difficult," he says. "It's mind-boggling. I jumped for joy and basically tried to pull out my hair and pinch myself."

After self-funding a vinyl pressing of 1500 copies of Solipsism, the hipster-bearded, flowing-locked and towering Beving has since been snapped up by classical powerhouse label Deutsche Grammophon. Sophomore album Prehension followed earlier this year and Beving left his gig with a creative agency that supplied music for adverts. What was once a chilled weekend morning tradition, fiddling on his grandmother's piano while his young family pottered around, now sees Beving filling concert halls at home and abroad. He'll play the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne's Recital Centre on his Australian premiere tour.

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