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The Piano Guys have become a YouTube sensation with their clever and inspiring takes on popular music and creative videos that accompany them. From Beethoven to Adele, their eclectic mix of classical, film score, rock, and pop favorites resonate with audiences across generations and from all walks of life. Their debut album on Sony Masterworks includes songs featured in their hit videos, including their latest viral smash, a distinctive take on One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."
- Track Listing:
- Titanium / Pavane
- Peponi (Paradise)
- Code Name Vivaldi
- Beethoven's 5 Secrets
- Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts
- Cello Wars
- Arwen's Vigil
- A Thousand Years
- Michael Meets Mozart
- The Cello Song
- Rolling in the Deep
- What Makes You Beautiful
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.
by Whitney - reviewed on December 04, 2012
It's The Piano Guys..what do you expect?! This is a fantastic CD and I love listening to it in the car!!
excellent and worth every opprotunity to listen
by Linda - reviewed on January 02, 2013
My 7 year old has never been into music without music...until the piano guys! They are far superior than I ever imagined. Worth the money. Looking forward to watching them on DVD. For now, we're settling for YouTube. Come on guys! We want a DVD with all of your videos.
Six stars if I could...
by Customer - reviewed on December 18, 2012
Phenomenal! Every song gives me chills. The only thing better is watching the You Tube videos. The videography takes it over the top! Don't miss this one.