Hero & Leander Opus 33 Victor Herbert
11 March 2013, 11:51
The Piano Guys visited Classic FM to play their own unique versions of Christina Perri's 'A Thousand Years' and Taylor Swift's 'Begin Again'.
What do Taylor Swift, One Direction, Christina Perri, Rachmaninov and the music of Star Wars have in common? The answer is that they've all been taken to pieces and reworked by The Piano Guys, a group of musicians who have completely obliterated the idea of genre and have taken the online world by storm.
With over 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube and a staggering 200 million plays of their videos, it's clearly working. But how do they go about selecting their targets, engaging their audience and making sure it's as much fun as it can be?
Steven Sharp Nelson summed it up: "Our music is not about genre… it's not about whether we're inviting or excluding. Fundamentally it's really how people feel when they listen to it."
They came into Classic FM's session studio to show us exactly why they're so popular, with an intimate performance of two modern pop classics - Taylor Swift's 'Begin Again' (video above, with an interview) and Christina Perri's 'A Thousand Years' (below).
Reading this on the Classic FM App? You can watch the video here.