Theme from Jurassic Park, by the Piano Guys
The Piano Guys
The Piano Guys are an American musical group formed by Jon Schmidt , Steven Sharp Nelson , Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek. They gained popularity through YouTube , where they uploaded adaptations of well-known songs for piano and cello and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by videos recorded and edited by Paul Anderson and previously by Tel Stewart. Their first four major albums were The Piano Guys , The Piano Guys 2 , A Family Christmas , and Wonders. All of them reached number one on the Billboard New Age and Classical Albums.
Paul Anderson had a piano store in St. George, Utah . He met musician Jon Schmidt, who asked him if he could practice there, but he had a gig coming up soon.
Months later, Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart (then just for fun) started making videos together with Jon Schmidt. Soon after, the three began collaborating together, Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al van Der Beek Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, as a sound technician.
Many of the group’s YouTube videos have more than 20 million views, and the rest more than 750,000. As of October 2015, The Piano Guys’ YouTube channel had over half a billion views and over four million subscribers.
In June 2011, The Piano Guys won YouTube’s “Most Up-and-Coming Channel” award in the “On the Rise” competition with the song “Michael Meets Mozart” with Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson.
Signing with Sony
In September 2012, it was announced that The Piano Guys had been signed by Sony. This resulted in the worldwide release of the album The Piano Guys , followed in 2013 by The Piano Guys 2 , and Wonders in 2014.