Youtube is more than just a platform for cat videos. It's a mature platform where rising stars can showcase their work to their fans. This is especially true in the music world, where it used to be that unless you went to a top music school and an amazing agent, the odds of playing in front of tens of thousands was but a pipe dream. Now, pianists can show of their work to millions.
Here are 12 Youtube pianists you need to start listening to today.
The Piano Guys
- Videos - 70 Videos
- Views - 1,358,725,168 views
- Subscribers - 5,766,632 subscribers
With over 1 billion views, the Piano Guys are certainly one of the most famous piano and music groups on Youtube. Starting off as as a social media strategy for Paul Anderson's piano store, The Piano Guys produce professional-quality videos featuring piano and cello compositions of classical, contemporary, and rock and roll music. The Piano Guys consists of 4 super talented musicians. Paul Anderson, the Producer & Videographer, Jon Schmidt, the Pianist, Steven Sharp Nelson, the Cellist and Al van der Beek the Music Producer. Some of their most popular videos include their cover of Christina Perri's A Thousand Years has over 110 million views, their mix of Let it Go and Vivaldi's Winter, which has over 80 million views, and a combination of 5 different melodies from Beethoven's 5th Symphony which has over 75 million views.
Aside from Youtube, they tour regulary and sell their music on Itunes
Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (Piano/Cello Cover) - The Piano Guys
- Videos - 765 Videos
- Views - 188,951,275 views
- Subscribers - 655,523 subscribers
Want to listen to amazing renditions of classical movie or video game themes? Then you have to listen to Kyle Landry. A Youtube vet who just passed 10 years, his work includes a piano cover of Kingdom Hearts II's Utada Hikaru, Disney's Aladdin: A Whole new World and of course Let it Go from Frozen. Kyle is a 26-year-old pianist, composer, arranger, teacher and graduate of the Hartt School of Music who is known for his amazing renditions of video games, animes, movies, and radio.
Inception - Time - Piano Solo HD
Vika Yermolyeva - vkgoeswild
- Videos - 703 Videos
- Views - 146,179,872 views
- Subscribers - 557,134 subscribers
Born in Kiev in 1978, at age 4 she learned that she had perfect pitch and a talent for music. Not one to play the classics, she was drawn to Rock and metal as her "inner reality". Originally she created her channel as a secret outlet, but after the success of some of her covers like the one she did for Metallica, there was no going back. As such, her channel is known for her amazing rock and metal arrangements. Her Guns N' Roses cover of Sweet Child o' Mine has over 8 million views, her cover of System Of A Down by Toxicity has over 7 million and her cover of Queen by Bohemian Rhapsody has over 6 million.
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine - piano cover
- Videos - 334 Videos
- Views - 156,816,004 views
- Subscribers - 373,521 subscribers
A concert pianist, Valentina's videos consist of her concert performances, begind the scenes videos and some personal vlogs. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1973, Valentina began playing the piano at the age of three, giving her first solo recital a year later. She has a vast repertoire including Bach, Mozart, Shostakovich and Bernstein and her work includes more than 40 concertos. Her 2012 London Debut was also Google’s first-ever live HD stream. Some of her most popular includes her rendition of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata, which has over 24 million views, Her rendition of Rachmaninoff's "Prelude" in g minor which has over 8 million views and her rendition of Beethoven'd "Für Elise" which has over 7 million views.
Beethoven "Für Elise" Valentina Lisitsa Seoul Philharmonic
- Videos - 141 Videos
- Views - 60,005,531 views
- Subscribers - 238,068
Mark is a self taught professional pianist who plays a variety of his own unique arrangements of famous movie themes, with different styles of music, usually by ear. What's especially unique about Mark is that he didn't start really playing until he was 18 years old. Some of his most viewed videos include his rendition of the Game Of Thrones "Main Title" theme which has over 5 million views, his video suite of the Dark Knight trilogy which has over 1.5 million views and his Lord of the Rings trilogy piano suite which has over 1 million views. Aside from Youtube, mark also offers his music on iTunes and Google Play as well as offers his music sheets.
Game Of Thrones - Main Title
Kristina Hu - TheUnsungHeroine
- Videos - 45 Videos
- Views - 19,264,678 views
- Subscribers - 124,089 subscribers
Kristina Hu is a musician with more than 16 years of classical experience under her belt, starting when she was just 4 years old. She combines both classic and modern music, fusing classical inspirations with Top 40/EDM hits. All her music is played by ear. Some of her most popular videos include her cover of Skrillex's "Bangarang" with over 3 million views, her cover of Skrillex's "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" with over 3 million views and Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" which has over 1 million views.
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons (Piano Cover)
Lara de Wit - lara6683
- Videos - 264 Videos
- Views - 29,841,757 views
- Subscribers - 161,934 subscribers
Lara is a talented musician, proficient in both the piano and violin. Starting off in video game music Lara has also recently branched out to film, anime and pop. She broadcasts live on Twitch, often in full costume and will often take requests. Some of her most popular work includes her rendition of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme song, which she did in costume, her Pirates of the Caribbean theme, which she did on violin and her Pokemon theme with both piano and violin while dressed as Misty.
Lara plays the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers theme song IN COSTUME
- Videos - 955 Videos
- Views - 36,498,175 views
- Subscribers - 105,482 subscribers
Born in Yorkshire, England in 1961. Paul studied Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Arts London. Paul performs Classical piano and his channel includes works from Chopin and Bach. His work also includes many variations of their works. He also puts together many detailed tutorials that viewers can follow along with. His top videos include a piano duet with the piano playing Elephant, Peter titled 12 Bar Blues that has over 4 million views, Claude Debussy's "Claire De lune" with over 2 million views and "Toccata and Fugue" in D minor fom Bach with over 2 million views.
12 Bar Blues - Piano Duet with Peter the Elephant - Thailand
Tom Brier - Keeper1st
- Videos - 1,110 Videos
- Views - 21,579,892 views
- Subscribers - 34,026 subscribers
An amazing ragtime pianist, Tom is best known for his video game site reads, where almost anything can happen during his playing. Tom has undergone a serious personal injury in 2016 and is slowly recovering, his work is unique and enjoyable to listen to, and he appreciates all the well wishes that fans send his way. Some of his top videos include his site read Ragtime rendition of "Athlete's Rag Air Platform" from Super Mario World, which has over 2 million views, his rendition of the ending theme from Super Mario World Ending with over 900k views and his Nyan Cat piano arrangement with over 900k views.
Super Mario Athlete's Rag Air Platform sight-read; Tom Brier
Drtad Jambazian - Verdegrand
- Videos - 79 Videos
- Views - 3,629,551 views
- Subscribers - 21,369 subscribers
A great compositionist and pianist, Drtad brings video game music to life with chord that really resonate with harmonic sustain. A Youtuber since 2009 he just moved to a new channel under his full name. Some of his most popular work includes his Dark Souls piece "Gwyn, Lord of Cinder" which was done on two pianos and the "Moonlight Nocturne" from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Drtad has recently been recovering from long-term health issues affecting his fingers, but that isn't stopping him from playing.
Gwyn, Lord of Cinder (Dark Souls) on two pianos
Julian Sanchez - Zorsy
- Videos - 179 Videos
- Views - 5,037,181 views
- Subscribers - 18,236 subscribers
One of the younger people on the list, Julian is the Pianist and composer for the band The Consouls. his personal channel includes Jazz, video game music, pop and even some originals. He oftens performs duets with talented violinists, which give his videos and extra pop. Some of his most popular videos include his Nyan Cat cover which has over 2 million views, his video with his group The Consouls, "KK Cruisin" from Animal Crossing which has over 130k views and his piece on "The time of World Revolution" from Chrono Trigger which has over 25k views.
To Far Away Times (Chrono Trigger on Piano)
- Videos - 226 Videos
- Views - 27,944,203 views
- Subscribers - 40,205 subscribers
Born in Israel, Tzvi is an Israeli born painist who began piano studies at age six. His channel contains many classical works, particularly the works of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin. He is a graduate of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Some of his most popular videos include a 43 minute performance of nature sounds titled "Tranquility - Time Solitaire", which has moe than 9 million views, a performance of Bach: Prelude 1 in C Major BWV 846, which has more than 2 million views and his performance of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu Opus 66 in C sharp minor has more than 1 million views.