This October, Rexburg has the opportunity to experience the musical performance of the “Piano Guys.”
Their story of achieving YouTube fame is reflective of the American dream of prosperity and success through hard work.
According to the Piano Guys official website, their ensemble is “a miraculous meeting of ‘guys’ with the same intrinsic purpose—to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.”
According to the website, the Piano Guys started in St. George, Utah.
Paul Anderson, the producer and videographer of the Piano Guys, had been searching for a way to showcase his piano store through viral videos.
Jon Schmidt had built a career in solo piano performance and had a concert in the St. George area.
He walked into Paul Anderson’s Piano store, which was appropriately named,“The Piano Guys.”
Schmidt and Anderson began to make music videos with the hope that their videos would go viral.
“Jon brought so much to the table,” Anderson said.
Steven Sharp Nelsen, who had been a friend of Schmidt since they shared a stage at the age of fifteen, started to join Schmidt at more and more of his performances.
Al van der Beek, music producer and songwriter of the gro, is a neighbor to Nelson. Van Der Beek first met Nelson when helping him move in his house in Utah.
These four men together make what we now call the Piano Guys.
According to Center Stage’s web page, The Piano Guys weave together arrangements from different musical pieces, creating something new altogether.
“It’s different. It’s fun,” Andrew White, a sophomore studying psychology said. “They throw in a lot of modern types of music, so it adds an older, more classical element to modern music.”
According to the BYU-I website the “Piano Guys” are trained in classical and modern music.
Hannah Dunn a senior studying dance said, “I love having classical music portray modern day music. I love the contrast of taking modern day music and still have a different spin on it. Whether it’s classical, or even a capella gros I just love that.”
According to the BYU-I website, this performance will feature Schmidt on piano and Nelson on cello.