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Published on Sep 5, 2012
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Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made 35 since joining forces a little more than a year ago, including their most recent hit video, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." But it's the Guys' highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an Internet phenomenon that has now brought them to their major label debut album, The Piano Guys, to be released on Sony Masterworks on October 2nd, 2012.
The album features more of the imaginative mash-up arrangements that The Piano Guys are already famous for, including sources ranging from Michael Jackson to Mozart, The Bourne Identity to David Guetta. It also includes an original song and innovative takes on hits by One Direction, Adele and Christina Perri.
But just who are The Piano Guys? Actually, there's only one piano player, Jon Schmidt, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. Yet the other three - Paul Anderson, Tel Stewart and Al van der Beek - are equally significant members of the group. The Piano Guys' name comes from Anderson's piano store in St. George, Utah, which was called The Piano Guys. Looking for an alternative to low-yield conventional advertising, Anderson devised a Facebook promotional page and YouTube channel featuring the most famous pianist he could find -- local pianist, Jon Schmidt. A self-described "New Age Classical" player, Schmidt was indeed well-established locally, thanks to eight albums and seven piano books of his song transcriptions. He also performed concerts throughout Utah, one of which featured a young guest artist, Steven Sharp Nelson, who adventurously combined traditional cello playing with percussion effects. "I was 15 when I met Jon and started playing with him," Nelson recalls. "I had to get a ride to shows! But we've had a great brotherhood that's now lasted 20 years."
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- 6:00 Titanium / Pavane (Piano/Cello Cover) - David Guetta / Faure - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys14,777,239 views
- 5:34 O Come, Emmanuel - (Piano/Cello) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys4,447,507 views
- 6:01 Rockelbel's Canon (Pachelbel's Canon in D) - 4 Cellos - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys6,548,253 views
- 5:33 Mission Impossible (Piano/Cello/Violin) ft. Lindsey Stirling - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys4,945,145 views
- 6:05 Lord of The Rings - The Hobbit (Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys6,158,588 views
- 3:21 One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful (5 Piano Guys, 1 piano) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys27,967,105 views
- 4:46 Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child (Khushnuma) - ft. Shweta Subram - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys4,231,178 views
- 4:31 Taylor Swift -- Begin Again (Piano/Cello Cover) ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys3,419,663 views
- 3:22 Me and My Cello - Happy Together (Turtles) Cello Cover - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys5,238,996 views
- 4:54 Phillip Phillips - Home (Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys2,745,797 views
- 5:04 Berlin - Original song for 12 cellos (and a kick drum) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys2,611,236 views
- 4:09 Code Name Vivaldi (Bourne Soundtrack/Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys6,517,171 views
- 3:37 Waterfall (Jon Schmidt Original) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys3,393,673 views
- 4:28 Angels We Have Heard on High (Christmas w/ 32 fingers and 8 thumbs) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys5,304,176 views
- 4:46 Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys23,113,115 views
- 5:36 ThePianoGuys Live at Red Butte Garden - Beethoven's 5 Secrets (Cello/Orchestral Cover)by ThePianoGuys927,225 views
- 4:00 Adele - Rolling in the Deep (Piano/Cello Cover) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys13,253,075 views
- 3:52 We Three Kings (Piano/Cello) - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys1,537,494 views
- 4:22 Arwen's Vigil --ThePianoGuys Original tuneby ThePianoGuys900,707 views
- 1:59 Rudolph - Merry Christmas - ThePianoGuysby ThePianoGuys1,269,165 views
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