Super Mario Medley





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Published on Mar 19, 2007

I play Super Mario Medley! My friend Luigi and I created this video in 2004 before YouTube publicly existed! The video became viral starting in 2004.

I give piano lessons in the Los Angeles, CA area. Email me at videogamepianist@gmail.com for more details. Serious inquiries only, please.


“A brilliant pianist” (The Times of London), Martin Leung is ushering in a new era of music. He makes our globe a more joyful place. His piano solos have emerged as historic in both live and recorded performances, and they have changed the way we think of music. He is known for Super Mario Medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFZki... On 19 October 2007, Super Mario Medley became the highest rated video on YouTube Japan. Video Game Pianist performed in 17 countries and at E3, PAX, GDC, German Games Convention, Brasil Game Show, among others.

As a classical pianist, Martin Leung holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Musi c (BM ’08, pupil of Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro), the Yale School of Music (MM ’10, pupil of Claude Frank), and the University of Southern California (DMA ‘15, pupil of Stewart Gordon). Last November Martin won the Zoltán Rozsnyai Memorial Prize at the Los Angeles International Liszt Piano Competition, Division VII (Concerto). As a result of winning first prize in the competition, Martin has been invited to play Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in November 2017 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig and maestro Horst Förster.

Reviews and Mentions

"Martin Leung, a pianist who gained fame on YouTube, brought down the house with his signature blindfolded performance of the theme from Super Mario Brothers." - Seth Schiesel, The New York Times

"The concert also included a performance by pianist Martin Leung..." - Grace Jean, The Washington Post

"...A brilliant pianist..." - Leo Cotterell, The Times (United Kingdom)

"Pianist Martin Leung totally rocks the house." - Chris Kohler, Wired

"Martin achieved a staggering degree of Internet fame with a six-minute video ... It's a hilarious, jaw-dislocating virtuoso performance. ...Martin is the gold standard in a shockingly large kingdom of Internet-only Super Mario tributes ..." - Rob Harvilla, Riverfront Times


This video received much more than 3.0 million views. Super Mario Medley originally appeared on eBaum's World and Gprime.net and became a viral video in pre-YouTube 2004. Also, once YouTube came out in 2005, at least 64 people posted this video on their YouTube channels, with some videos receiving up to 5 million views. I approximate that about 45 million people around the world have seen Super Mario Medley!

On October 18, 2007, Super Mario Medley received the following YouTube honors:

#1 – Top Rated (All Time) – Japan
#1 – Top Favorites (All Time) – Japan
#1 – Most Discussed (All Time) – Japan
#1 – Top Favorites (All Time) – Music – Japan
#1 – Most Discussed (All Time) – Music – Japan
#1 – Top Rated (All Time) – Music – Japan
#1 – Most Viewed (All Time) – Music – Japan
#3 – Most Viewed (All Time) – Japan
#3 – Most Linked (All Time) – Music – Japan
#5 – Recently Featured – Music – Hong Kong
#8 – Recently Featured – Hong Kong
#49 – Most Discussed (All Time) – Music
#71 – Most Linked (All Time) – Japan
#98 – Top Favorites (All Time) – Music

Koji Kondo composed the music!

Here's a list of video game pieces I have performed on YouTube:

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