IkaraivGilst_zw_6Bence began playing cello at age 7, and started his professional studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. He continued at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Conservatory of Tilburg, studying with Ernst Reijsiger. Later on in his studies, he shifted his focus from chamber music to a broader spectrum. He researched new ways to play the cello in modern music, experimented with the use of effects, learned advanced extended techniques and learned a more puls-based form of improvisation.