Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 35 since joining forces in early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful."
Following the success of The Piano Guys' first two major label releases, "The Piano Guys" and "The Piano Guys 2," the group released their holiday album, "A Family Christmas" last year. "A Family Christmas" puts The Piano Guys' signature twist on such Christmas classics as "Silent Night," "Good King Wenceslas" and "Angels We Have Heard On High."
New York City based pianist Scott Bradlee has become a bit of a pop sensation, earning millions of views on YouTube for his series of music videos that show him with his group -Postmodern Jukebox- performing reworked versions of 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles - like swing, jazz, bluegrass, do-wop, Motown, and ragtime.
Now in its twentieth year, PianoSummer at New Paltz is an international summer institute and festival dedicated solely to piano music. It features an integrated approach to learning and performance under the artistic direction of master pianist and teacher Vladimir Feltsman.
Gifted students from around the world join with devoted musicians and teachers to learn more about the art of the piano and, ultimately, more about themselves and their place in the world of music.
PianoSummer takes place July 12th through August 1st.
The Albany Symphony will welcome American pianist, Orion Weiss, who marks his third performance with the orchestra as the centerpiece of their American Music Festival Orchestra Concert on Saturday night at 7:30 PM.
Weiss joins the orchestra for Christopher Rouse's "Seeing," an extraordinary piano concerto commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for Emmanuel Ax in 1999. "Seeing" is a powerful, poignant statement on the nature of mental illness.
One of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, Orion Weiss has performed with most of America's major orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic.