9 May 2016
A collaboration has found a way to mesh two genres of music, the new wave and the old wave music – classical and pop music into one beautiful piece. This kind of amazing collaboration by the Piano Guys is what happens when you mix up a marketing genius who does video, a studio engineer who writes music, a pianist who had a successful solo career, and a cellist who does pretty much everything.
The Piano Guys who have defined their collaboration as miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose –to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music and videos.
Get to know these guys a little before heading on to the real deal.
The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson and formerly by Tel Stewart. Their first four major-label albums, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, A Family Christmas, and Wonders each reached number one on the Billboard New Age Albums and Classical Albums charts.
Several of the group’s YouTube videos have over 20 million views, while a couple of them have over 750,000. As of October 2015, The Piano Guys’ YouTube channel had more than half a billion total video views and over four million subscribers. In June 2011, The Piano Guys won the “Most Up-and-Coming Channel” award in the YouTube “On the Rise” contest with “Michael Meets Mozart” with Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson.
Meeting grand success, they were signed to Sony in September 2012 – this led to a worldwide release of the album The Piano Guys followed by The Piano Guys 2 in 2013 and Wonders in 2014.
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