Steven Sharp Nelson and Jon Schmidt return with a new CD of their unique mash-ups of pop and classical favorites as seen on YouTube and Public Television.
- Begin Again
- Rockelbel's Canon
- Mission Impossible
- Lord of the Rings
- All of Me
- Just the Way You Are
- Nearer My God to Thee
- Charlie Brown Medley
- Me and My Cello (Happy Together)
- Twinkle Lullaby
About the Authors
Jon Schmidt was born to German Immigrant parents, and they gave him the gift of early education in music. Classical training fell on the fertile ground of Jon’s natural talents for music and hard work. Schmidt began composing as early as age 11, started teaching piano lessons when most people get a drivers license, and began a successful solo career in his early twenties.
Schmidt’s 20 year solo career has included many albums, performances, and awards. The Piano Guys entrapped Schmidt with their lair of beautiful pianos. Shortly thereafter, they all ran away together to create spectacular piano cello video content. Their goal is very humble—to inspire the world.
Schmidt contributes not just the on-screen piano talent. He loves to throw out all of his ideas, and is not afraid to edit and revise until he has a refined and quality product.
Jon finds his fire for the journey seeing the joy of people who hear great music. He is thrilled to reach a wider audience through his work with The Piano Guys.
Steven Sharp Nelson is a pioneer in “cello-percussion”—an alternative performance method that combines traditional, lyrical cello techniques and unconventional pizzicato and percussive technique. He began studying cello at age 8, percussion at age 12 and guitar at age 17. He has invented a new method of playing the cello that combines elements learned from each of these instruments. He obtained a degree in music from the University of Utah School of Music, graduating in 2002.
Nelson’s true cello career began when he was 15. He was recruited by Peter Breinholt to arrange string parts and perform with Breinholt’s band, Big Parade. Since then he has recorded on over 100 different albums ranging from folk & bluegrass to hip hop. He has also made his way as a solo artist. His first album Sacred Cello (2006) was atop the Billboard Charts. He has since two more solo albums that have also received significant acclaim (Tender Mercies, 2008 and Christmas Cello, 2010)
Nelson is well known for his collaborations with pianist Jon Schmidt as The Piano Guys – most particularly in their mash-up arrangement of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida,” a YouTube sensation. Schmidt and Nelson perform regularly together throughout the United States and the world.
A little disappointing
by Julie - reviewed on June 05, 2013
I think the Piano Guys are very talented, but felt that this CD had too much slow and unrecognizable music. I enjoy their interpretations of more contemporary music more.
by Customer - reviewed on June 07, 2013
Another amazing compilation...love the modern hits played with the classical sound.
by Shauna - reviewed on May 20, 2013
The Piano Guys are one of my very favorite groups to listen to....they are fun and entertaining and OH. SO. GOOD!