At the end ofthe duo gave up their spots in the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and began hosting live classical comedy performances, including a sold-out debut at the Sydney Opera House.
Their one-of-a-kind show offers a unique and interactive experience, creatively integrating humour with actual recital—all while upholding the integrity of classical music. Even more cities are lined up for the World Tour. Their dream is to bring classical music to more people and to continue to inspire the next generation.
In he was awarded top prize in the Queensland Young Instrumentalist Competition and was a finalist in the prestigious National Youth Concerto Competition. Eddy received his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium inwhere he studied under the guidance of Michele Walsh.
As an orchestral musician, Eddy has been a casual violinist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since He was concertmaster of the Queensland Conservatorium Opera Orchestra in and Eddy suffers from a severe fear of cockroaches, also known as katsaridaphobia.
Brett Yang loves coffee and a good time, but what really keeps him waking up every day is his passion to make classical music fun and relevant for everyone. One of his highlight performances was at the G20 Summit in the presence of Obama, Merkel, Rousseff, Abe and other world leaders. He made his debut performing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and later performed Mozart's Concerto No. As a honours graduate at the Queensland Conservatorium, he was awarded the prestigious Brisbane Club Scholarship.
His hobbies include reading manga, eating sushi and swimming. Brett is not afraid of cockroaches, but his anxiety increases in the presence of Eddy. Making classical music relevant to the modern generation through fun, humour and simplicity. For business inquiries, please shoot us a message.They were in Taipei to give a concert as part of their World Tourand we were meeting at a coffee shop for an interview. Of course, there were two coffee shops with the same name in the same neighborhood, and I went to the wrong one.
I ran 30 minutes in the famously hot and humid Taiwanese weather, barely knowing where I was going and if I was ever going to make it. Somehow this prelude ended up setting the tone for the whole interview.
Since then, the two Australian musicians use technology and social media "to make classical music relevant to the modern generation through fun, humor and simplicity. TwoSet is about believing in the music within us and giving it a shot.
Brett and Eddy began to play violin for the same reason as thousands of other violinists did: because their moms told them to. Playing violin, they said, was part of the "Asian combo," which also includes playing piano.
But it was the social aspect of music that really got them going. At age 13, they joined a youth orchestra, which allowed them to meet other good young musicians - including each other. Playing violin was no longer a lonesome activity, it was a shared interest.
It is the best way to just forget about everything," Eddy said. Go practice and it will make a lot of things better.
The TwoSet adventure began when the video Gangnam Style came out and went viral. Brett and Eddy decided that they too could make YouTube videos. They first looked at what other violinist YouTubers were doing; naturally, they came across covers. But we soon discovered that covers were not just about playing violin," Brett said.
We are self-taught. Those jokes were a lifestyle At the university, when the rehearsals were getting boring, we would play these games with each other. Brett and Eddy do not deny that at times they were concerned by their reputation and stopped because they were afraid that they would fail. Millions of views and thousands of "likes" later, TwoSet has found itself a mission. Of course classical music has always been a well-respected art form, but it can sometimes give a severe and unwelcoming impression.
Brett and Eddy love classical music and play it seriously, without taking themselves seriously. We were lucky that we learned the instrument for 20 years; if we were not musicians, it would be very hard to get into. Speaking of reaching out, this year TwoSet has brought the videos to a higher level and is traveling the world with a live show. For Brett and Eddy, the idea behind this world tour is to express and share their love for classical music in their own way.
They want to show how much fun one can have with classical music. They want to show the world that it is possible to play seriously but at the same time mess around.Tchaikovsky 2 Mil Drop
Granted, the standards for classical music are there for a good reason: people want the best art, and that is a standard we should uphold. At the same time, sometimes we see people breaking down and freaking out because of those standards. We feel we are losing audiences; we are losing people who used to love music. For Brett and Eddy, classical music does not have to be presented with a superior and judging attitude.
They reject the idea that for someone to understand and appreciate classical music they need to be educated first. That is when all the education comes in. Brett and Eddy believe the future of classical music is all about social connections, and they are using Internet to create intimacy and authenticity with their audience.
He had to choose. To break his heart or lie to him. He looked at his older friend, who was silently crying into his hands on the couch. Almost too fragile to even look at. Eddy did love his friend, but as a friend. He wanted him to be happy, and to come back to be his former funny self. How could he possibly break his heart like this?
Eddy looked away shyly with a small huff, " Wish I could say the same to you, you're more machine than man unlike your old bright self" But it was a lie, deep down Brett was the same and Eddy knew it ,but he was too pissed over the capture. More upset with himself though, because what kind of assassin freezes up! According to Ray we act like married couple, our fans are writing fanfictions about us, don't tell me we can't spend one evening holding hands.
In order to keep their channel afloat, Brett and Eddy decide to share an apartment during the time of coronavirus outbreak. Summary: Angels are warriors and worshippers meant to only serve their purpose but when the angel Eddy Chen finds himself falling in love with a human woman he falls from his righteousness which leaves him awaiting judgement.
Before all of this, he was the host of The Brettybang Show. Brett Yang was born on March 2,  and was raised in Australia. Brett and Eddy first met at math tutoring when Eddy was 13 and Brett Initially, they uploaded serious videos of their covers of pop music, but they realized they weren't gaining enough traction and saw that another violinist, Ray Chenhad been uploading comedy videos about the violin.
TwoSetViolin then decided to change from a serious channel to a comedy channel, and their popularity has escalated ever since. Brett has been an accomplished violinist since well before the inception of TwoSetViolinthough people often forget that. His notable achievements include performing at the G20 Summit, being concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and receiving the Brisbane Club Scholarship.
On 8 FebruaryBrett live-streamed his Tchaikovsky 2 million drop in which he performed Tchaikovsky's violin concerto with Eddy as orchestral accompaniment. Nicknamed the 'perfect pizz boy', Brett is known for his left-hand pizzicato skills.
Brisbane YouTubers Twoset Violin and their global quest to preserve classical music
Brett also seems to be able to learn new instruments faster than Eddy. None in particular; however, Eddy 's phobia of cockroaches does increase Brett's anxiety when he's in Eddy 's presence. Reading manga, drinking coffee and boba tea, eating sushi and swimming.
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Brett on Instagram. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. Categories :. Cancel Save.Updated April 14, When Brett Yang and Eddy Chen played a rendition of their favourite violin piece on the streets of Sydney last month, hundreds of people stopped and listened. Known as Twoset Violin, the duo had committed to sleeping and busking on the streets until they had enough money to fund a classical music and comedy world tour.
Both in their mids, the pair first began posting pop music violin covers to YouTube in with minimal fanfare. Constantly experimenting, Chen and Yang began posting parodies of life as students of classical music, and started attracting thousands of subscribers. Over time, the YouTubers combined their passions and produced a comedy-music act they could tour around the country.
Instead of a conventional concert, the two scripted an hour-long comedy skit, accompanied by classical violin woven through the storyline. Chen said the idea was to stray away from what young people perceived as "boring" music and share their love for classical in a relatable way.
Both Griffith University alumni, the self-aware musicians explained the traditional way to fund tours was through government grants and sponsors, and admitted the idea for the Kickstarter came about as a matter of necessity rather than choice. Twoset Violin will begin their world tour in July this year, playing in 11 cities across 10 countries. Topics: musicarts-and-entertainmentpeoplehuman-interestbrisbane First posted April 14, Contact Meghna Bali.
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There's a never ending supply of myths about coronavirus on social media. We put a few of them to the test.Eddy Chen and Brett Yang are worldwide internet sensations. Brett made a fairly recent debut performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony inand has since worked with leading Australian orchestras and performed in front of world leaders at the G20 Summit in Equally impressive, Eddy was the Queensland finalist of the National Young Virtuoso Award in — the same year he completed his music degree.
Best part? You guys are on the brink of a debut at the Sydney Opera House and a world tour in Did you ever expect that making hilarious internet videos would land you onstage at the opera house? We never expected that making videos would get us a chance to perform at the Sydney Opera House but we did have a belief that one day we could figure it out and do something epic with our online presence.
So then came the show! Your videos are notorious for making fun of classical music and conservatorium culture. How did TwoSet come about? Long story short, we saw violinists on YouTube who have racked up millions of views playing covers.
As classically trained, hardcore violinists, we were not convinced by some of their playing and so we thought that we could do it as well. Eddy and I had quite daring characters, and we saw violinist Ray Chen made a few funny videos on Facebook.
These videos inspired us to create our own videos as there was so much we felt we could say. The more we made these videos, the more we loved it and to this day we are still thrilled by the excitement of creating videos telling the life of conservatorium culture and classical musicians.
TwoSet Violin: The Brisbane music graduates breaking the internet
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing young and emerging musicians today? The biggest challenge for young musicians today is to commit to their art and focus on their life long career if they choose to be a professional musician.
Although, it is also the easiest time to have your music heard through the power of the internet. This revolution gave everyone the access to better information and therefore we have an abundance of information, so the challenge is to play the long game and keep practising! You guys have exploited the use of social media and YouTube effectively — was this always part of your strategy?
We have always had a keen eye on new things, and the evolution of the internet culture is one of them. We recognised the industry is changing and the movement of our generation is rapidly growing so we decided to dive into expanding our presence on social media. You have performed with some seriously well-known musicians, including the likes of Lang Lang and Ray Chen. Who else would you love to collaborate with? Honestly, I felt that we have collaborated with most of the artists we have wanted to work with, including Janine Jansen and James Ehnes.
It has been such an honour to have the opportunity to meet these great artists. Be ready to experience classical music in a new comedic and educational form! We combine humour and classical music by telling the story of our lives as musicians and nature of our music.
Copyright CutCommon. Opinions reflect those of the writer and not necessarily the publication. Like this: Like Loading Take your talent to the next level. Kick those goals in They are best known for their musical comedy and antics on their YouTube channel, which has reached over 2 million subscribers and million views as of 18 March Chen was a finalist for the National Young Virtuoso Award in Queensland inand had played with the Queensland and Melbourne symphonies.
Inthey started posting YouTube videos of cover tunes of pop music played on the violin. They focused their videos on their lives in the conservatory culture, as classical musicians, and as students, which led to a dramatic increase in viewership.
Yang and Chen had played in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectively, but had produced their own material to do a tour, which was in the format more of a comedy act than a concert. The act would feature violin playing woven through the story-line. InTwoSet Violin made a comedic reference to Ling Ling, a violinist who "practices 40 hours a day". In an interview with Yle Uutisetthey describe Ling Ling as a main boss of a video gamea Chuck Norris of violin players.
Chen said they improvised the character from their comedy sketch video concerning a teenage violin student's tiger mom comparing the student to her friend's child. In these challenges, the duo draws a classical piece or contemporary musicand a playing "handicap" such as playing with double speed, an oddly tuned string, while dancing or hula hoopingwith hand positions reversed, or while upside down. In Julythey released a series of videos where they appear to be playing classical music using rubber chickens.
Chen then uses video editing to piece together the notes as originally composed. TwoSet Violin have also reviewed films that feature violin playing, calling out egregious fake performances. On 14 SeptemberTwoSet Violin posted a reaction video to a BBC News story titled "Fastest Violinist in the World", in which they critiqued violinist Ben Lee 's Guinness World Record claim of playing " Flight of the Bumblebee " for its inaccurate intonation; they then timed themselves purposefully playing random fast notes before declaring they had just broken the world record.
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