They played » Wim te Groen (Netherlands)

The music played on the piano by Wim te Groen goes so perfectly well with the atmosphere of the green park, where our festival takes place, that we could not imagine the event without him. And he’s got his own piano here already.

From an early age on he’s been making his own music. When he was around 15 years old he had a grand piano in the living room which he started playing more and more often in secret. An addiction quickly developed. He took classes for 4 years which developed his background is classical music like Chopin and Beethoven. The rest he learned myself. Simeon Ten Holts music is a big inspiration to him and and his all-time favourite.

He came in contact with Balfolk around 2010. The strong connection between music and dance/movement appealed to him from the start. It inspired him to compose his first Balfolk piece in 2013. It quickly opened up a wonderful new world. The new rhythms and the huge freedom in certain aspects. It gave him lots of inspiration. Many works followed in the past years. He loves mellow tunes, dissonants, fragile melodies and dynamics bringing passages to a climax. He also love variations in rhythm, which resulted in a Mazurka in 13, Mazurka/Scottish, hybrid Waltzes in 8/5 and 5/11, a Gavotte de l`aven/Waltz, hanterdro/mazurka/wals and more.