Role of the Performer – The Piano Guys

Beethoven’s 5 Secrets, (based on Secrets by OneRepublic) by The Piano Guys, 2012, U.S.A.

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit Soundtrack cover, composed by Howard Shore, The Piano Guys, 2012, U.S.A.

Piano Guys Biography

The Piano Guys is made up of four guys, each of them with an important role with the group. Paul Anderson is the “producer/videographer”, Jon Schmidt is the “pianist/songwriter”, Steven Sharp Nelson is the “cellist/songwriter”, and Al van der Beek is the “music producer/songwriter. Despite having “one billion views on their YouTube channel” they don’t consider themselves very prestigious musicians (The Piano Guys). “We’re just a bunch of ordinary “guys” playing classically influenced instrumental music in videos that showcase incredible locations.” (About).

Role of The Piano Guys

Generally, performers are used to present the music of the composer to the general audience. A single composer cannot possibly play all instruments in a symphony, and more often than not, does not have what it takes to be a star. As for the role of The Piano Guys (TPG), they present their music in a way to bridge the gap between classical and popular music. An average pop song from 2012 is 226 seconds, but both songs by TPG are over 330 seconds (Anisko). The conclusion that can be made is that shorter songs are currently more popular than longer versions. Classical music is typically longer and putting it in shorter packages makes it easier to enjoy for the average listener. The two songs they covered were The Lord of the Rings soundtrack and a mash of Secrets with Beethoven’s 5th, both of which by themselves are much longer than their version. I enjoy listening to soundtracks and longer classical pieces, however they do run the risk of losing my interest. TPG have interesting covers and stunning visuals to keep me intrigued and entertained for the entire performance.


“About.” The Piano Guys,

Anisko, Nathan, and Eric Anderson. “Average Length of Top 100 Songs on ITunes on StatCrunch.” StatCrunch – Data Analysis on the Web, 4 Dec. 2012,

“The Piano Guys.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 25 Mar. 2018,


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