After performing in Singapore, The Piano Guys made their way to Manila to showcase their amazing talent for their Filipino fans. During their press conference last September 5 at SM Aura Premier, the Utah-based musicians share that they are very much enjoying their stay here in the Philippines and have seen the best smiles so far.
Cellist Nelson shares, “We never really thought it would take off as it did but we’re glad ‘cause now we are meeting people in faraway place like the Philippines.”
The Piano Guys (originally a local store’s name in St. George that was owned by Paul Anderson) was created when Jon Schmidt walked into his store and asked permission to practice for an upcoming concert. Soon after, Paul started to produce videos of the pianist just for fun. Later, they were joined by cellist Steven Sharp Nelson and music technician Al van der Beek.
From their first video YouTube back in 2010, the “all-dads” group has come a long way and even more when their 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” went viral and gained almost 25 million views.
Aside from the obviously amazing piano and cello covers, the new-age classical group is known for their video’s theatrical cinematography, which features the musicians playing in different settings such as the Grand Canyon, national parks, deserts and forests. Their kids inspired them to make varieties of the musical scores from popular movies such as The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Paul’s vision has brought them to different heights and now, they are looking forward to shooting in China and other Asian countries after their concert.
“We are planning to shoot a video on the Great Wall. That’s our next big thing”, reveals Nelson.
Even with just a few instruments, it’s not that easy to bringing it in every location they shoot. Paul, the videographer, explains: “It takes around 50 men to move the grand piano around and put it anywhere they want it to be.”
Now working on their new album under Sony, the innovative instrumentalists continue to wow fans as they produce remarkable and unique approach to music. From the classics such as Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” to pop songs like Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” they aim to make their music suitable for everyone, young or old.
Their albums titled The Piano Guys and The Piano Guys 2 are now available in major record stores nationwide.