The Piano Guys (2022)
Music & the Spoken Word Broadcasts
- Broadcast #4850 (August 2022)
The Piano Guys, the world-famous musical group with pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, are a YouTube sensation with millions of views to their credit. Beginning in 2011, The Piano Guys gained popularity through YouTube when they began posting videos combining classical, pop, film scores and original music.
They are known for filming musical performances in jaw-dropping settings, ranging from the edge of a 1,000-foot cliff in a Southern Utah red rock canyon to a precarious stretch of the towering Great Wall of China, to the flat bed of a moving train, and even to a freezing ice castle. They have filmed in Petra, Jordan amid ancient ruins and at Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil. Often, they need a crane or a helicopter to put the one-thousand-pound piano in place and a 30-man crew to scale the last stretch. Nelson confides that he usually hand-carries his cello.
The Piano Guys have more than 2 billion views on their YouTube channel and over 7 million subscribers. They released seven studio albums on Sony Masterworks, each debuting at #1 on the Billboard Classical Albums or New Age Albums charts. The Piano Guys have amassed more than 1 billion music streams, and the group will be releasing several new songs and music videos in 2022. They are known for their versions of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”, Frozen’s “Let It Go”, David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium” and Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”
The band has appeared on major TV programs worldwide and in sold-out shows around the globe, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House to major venues in the United States including Red Rocks, Wolf Trap, and Ravinia. Over the years, The Tabernacle Choir, too, has performed on each of these storied stages.
For more information on The Piano Guys performances and releases check www.thepianoguys.com.