Stephan Beneking, composer, is based in Berlin, Germany.
Beneking composes in neo-classical, melodic style for piano solo.
His repertoire comprises more than 100 piano works so far. The scores/sheet music is available for free download.
Carlos Marquez, pianist, is based in Phoenix, USA.
Marquez is an internationally awarded recording artist who is at home with classical and modern repertoire.
They met on SoundCloud and joined for a cross-continental collaboration.
Here is what fans say about Beneking´s music:
The kind of music we look for but never find... here you showed us it still exists!
This piece really doesn´t belong to our time. It is suitable for an audience that has a quiet, more human pace.
Something that we´ve long ago lost.
Fantastic! ... one of a kind melody!
This tune has deep soul in it. Strange and beautiful !
Very beautiful ! Sounds sometimes a little like Chopin. Sehr schön gemacht !
this melody took my breath away
sheer brilliance, super spectacular!
C'est magnifique !! J'aime beaucoup ! Je vais m'y mettre tout de suite !
I must say you have the minds of Debussy, Chopin and Alexandre Desplat put together. Your textures are pretty much like Debussy (thin and dreamy), your harmonies are like Chopin and your overall style is like Desplat. Nicely done.
Schubert aurait apprécié. Bel hommage.
I just want to let you know that your pieces are intense. I really love how they appear to be easy but then there are the "tricks" that you add to make them ridiculously challenging, whether it be the fast runnng notes which are intenseor the large jumps between the melodies.