The Piano Guys are a musical group consisting of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson and Al van Beek who rose to fame after they posted a YouTube clip featuring piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. The band met when Jon Schmidt walked into Paul Anderson’s piano shop in St. George, Utah and asked him if he could practice there for an upcoming concert. They started recording videos at the piano store and posted them to YouTube just for fun. As they became more and more popular, The Piano Guys eventually formed and began collaborating to produce a new music video every week on their YouTube channel, which quickly reached over half a billion views and four million subscribers.
The Piano Guys won the “Most Up-and-Coming Channel” award from the YouTube “On The Rise” contest in 2011 with their video “Michael Meets Mozart” featuring Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson. This led to The Piano Guys signing a record deal with Sony in 2012. Soon after, they produced and released their debut studio album, The Piano Guys in 2013. The band followed this up with The Piano Guys 2 in 2014 and later released the album Wonder that same year. Most of the songs produced by The Piano Guys are composed of several audio tracks which have been mixed together.
Some of The Piano Guys most notable work includes “Beethoven’s Secrets”, which they performed with the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic in 2012 and “Cello Wars”, which includes clips from the Star Wars soundtrack including “The Imperial March”, “Duel of the Fates”, “May the Force Be With You”, “Star Wars Main Theme” and “Cantina Band”. The band released a CD/DVD live album in 2015 titled Live! Carnegie Hall Audio + Red Rocks Video. Some of The Piano Guys other most viewed videos, each with over a million views, include “Moonlight”, inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, “Michael Meets Mozart”, which is a hip hop and classical music fusion and “The Cello Song”, inspired by Bach’s Cello Suite. Don’t miss your next opportunity to get tickets to The Piano Guys the next time he comes to your town. Score big with TicketCity – the place to go for The Piano Guys tickets.
The Piano Guys Tour
In 2016, The Piano Guys played shows at venues all across the US. During performances on their 2016 tour, The Piano Guys played a variety of their fan favorite songs and classic music hits. The Piano Guys performances are characteristic of modern takes on classical music songs and selection from popular composers.