August 30, 2010
Writer: Don Sparhawk

New Age pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson will perform at Brigham Young University-Idaho Sept. 10 and 11.

Schmidt and Nelson are known by many for their popular video "Love Story Meets Viva la Vida," which reached No. 6 on the viral videos chart.

Schmidt's fan base defies demographics as his music touches people of all ages and cultures. He has created a hybrid of music, combining classical and contemporary styles with rock and roll. With more than 3 million downloaded songs, seven albums and seven volumes of original piano scores, his music has proven itself to be a hit.

Schmidt spends the year playing to sold-out audiences throughout the western United States, with other performances spanning the globe.

Nelson is sought after to perform with other artists each year and has recorded on more than 100 different albums. The Faith Centered Music Association recently nominated him as the best instrumental musician of the year.

Nelson's first solo album, Sacred Cello (2006), was among Billboard's top 20 classical recordings in the world, next to artists such as Yo Yo Ma. Sacred Cello also received a Pearl Award for Best Instrumental Classical Album. His recently released album, Tender Mercies (2008), has been ranked in the top albums at music stores across the United States.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium. Tickets are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered by phone at 496-2230 or online at