The Piano Guys
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original, self-made music videos. The group consists of just one piano player, Jon Schmidt, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. The duo are joined by producer and videographer Paul Anderson and music producer and songwriter Al van der Beek.
The Piano Guys have made over 65 videos, including an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” Their spectacular videos have netted over 1.2 billion YouTube views and over 5.4 million subscribers. Currently, The Piano Guys have over 1.6 million Facebook fans who have shared videos like "Michael Meets Mozart," which features over 100 tracks of cello textures, including a deep bass drum sound created by tapping on the cello body; a shaker sound made by Nelson rubbing rosin on his bow; and a record-scratch noise caused by his scraping a quarter on the strings. "Michael Meets Mozart" is on The Piano Guys debut CD, as is "Cello Wars," the ambitious video which resulted from a six-month production required to realize its Star Wars-inspired light saber/cello bow concept, since rewarded by over 37 million YouTube views.
Van der Beek’s studio prowess and the inventive cinematography of Anderson, Schmidt and Nelson have forged a fresh approach to the growing classical crossover fusion of classical and pop music that in their case has connected quietly but emotionally with a massive audience. The group has performed everywhere from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to “The Today Show” and has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, People Magazine, Mashable and more.
Tickets are $45, $65 and $75 depending on seat location. VIP meet and greet tickets are available for $170. Discounts are available for members and groups of ten or more.