THE PIANO GUYS
Sat, Sept 14, 8 pm
International musical superstars and internet sensations The Piano Guys bring their innovative mash-ups of classical and pop music performed on piano and cello to the stage at UConn's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday evening, September 14, 2019, at 8:00 pm. Since their serendipitous start in a Southern Utah piano shop, The Piano Guys have proven to be a powerhouse group without limits. Arriving as a musical phenomenon seemingly overnight, the quartet of Jon Schmidt (pianist, songwriter), Steven Sharp Nelson (cellist, songwriter), Paul Anderson (producer, videographer), and Al van der Beek (music producer, songwriter) have delivered bold compositions that transcend boundaries of style and genre, a boundlessness that has since translated into a massively successful career. In the fall of 2018 they released their fifth studio album, Limitless.
"Who would have ever thought four middle-aged dads from Utah filming classically influenced music in nature could ever succeed at the outset?" asks member Steven Sharp Nelson. "That is why the name Limitless works so well. Our favorite thing is to find a way to be on the fringes of possibility. We like to combine things you would never expect to find together - but are close enough to make sense. It has been our mindset from the beginning."
Since formally introducing themselves in 2011, The Piano Guys have released five studio albums, two Christmas releases and a fan-favorite live album, earning six No. 1 debuts on Billboard's top Classical Albums chart and garnering an impressive 2 billion-plus global streams, over 1.6 billion YouTube views, and averaging nearly 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. They have sold out concerts in almost every corner of the world and attracted a diehard audience of millions. The Piano Guys have appeared in The New York Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Mashable, People, been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and performed on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show.
In late 2017, they hunkered down at their own TPG Studios in Utah and commenced work on what would become Limitless. A sublime, soaring, and sweeping cover of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" teased out the album release, generating over 8 million Spotify streams and nearly 20 million YouTube views. Moreover, the crossover of The Chainsmokers' "Something Just Like This" (feat. Coldplay) and Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" further illustrated their signature penchant for masterful mash-ups.