TwoSet Violin is an Australian YouTube duo formed in 2013, made up of Australian violinists Brett Yang and Eddy Chen. They are best known for their antics on the YouTube channel of the same name, which has reached over 1.2 million subscribers and 180 million views as of April 2019.
TwoSet Violin at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center, New York City, 2018
|Born||Brett Yang |
|Total views||184 million|
|Catchphrase(s)||"Practice", "Ling Ling 40 hours"|
|Updated 29 April 2019|
Brett Yang and Eddy Chen first met each other in math tutoring, when Brett was 14 and Eddy 13. They became acquainted through being the youngest members of a youth orchestra, and later students at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Yang's debut at Queensland Conservatorium was playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in 2012, and he has worked with various Australian orchestras, including a performance at the 2014 G20 Brisbane summit. Chen was a finalist for the National Young Virtuoso Award in Queensland in 2014, and had played with the Queensland and Melbourne symphonies.
In 2013, they started posting YouTube videos of cover tunes of pop music played on the violin. In an interview with CutCommon, Brett Yang said that they saw violin virtuosos who had racked up millions of views on YouTube playing covers and had attempted to the same to minimal reaction. They then discovered that violinist Ray Chen had made a few funny videos, and changed their content to a less serious, more comedic tone. They focused on their lives in the conservatorium culture, classical musicians, and as students, and viewership increased dramatically.
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. Using KickStarter as their fundraising method, and doing busking in Sydney, they raised enough money to go on a worldwide tour in 2017 to 11 cities in 10 countries, in Asia and Europe including Taipei, Helsinki, and Frankfurt. In 2018, they toured places in the United States including New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
Gimmicks and themesEdit
In 2017, TwoSet Violin created an off-screen fictional character by the name of Ling Ling to represent the perfect violinist who practices 40 hours a day. In an interview with Yle Uutiset, they describe Ling Ling as a main boss of a video game or a Chuck Norris of violin players. Eddy Chen said they created the character after doing a comedy sketch video involving a tiger mom talking about her friend. In 2018, they released a series of videos called the Ling Ling Workout. In these series, the duo draws a classical piece (or contemporary music), and a playing "handicap" such as double speed, with a string tuned oddly, or while dancing, with hand positions reversed, or even while upside down. Violinists such as Ray Chen, Ziyu He and Hilary Hahn have also attempted the challenge.
In July 2018, they released a series of videos where they appear to be playing classical music using rubber chickens. In August 2018, they released a video called "1% Violin Skills, 99% Editing Skills". Yang attempts to play something difficult, and Chen tells him to play a chromatic scale. He then uses video editing to put together the song as originally intended. They later released other 1% Skill videos with them attempting other instruments.
Viola jokes are another recurring theme. In 2018, they released a video called "Viola Gang", a parody of "Gucci Gang", where Eddy Chen is called a "Viola King" or "Viking". Eddy Chen also purchased a viola for Brett Yang's birthday as a "practical joke".
- TwoSetViolin. "TwoSet Brett & Eddy talk about things they don't usually talk about..." Youtube. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
- Ball, Meghna (13 April 2017). "Brisbane YouTubers Twoset Violin and their global quest to preserve classical music". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Wood, Eleanor (23 November 2016). "TwoSet Violin: The Brisbane music graduates breaking the internet". CutCommon. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Sergi, Justin (12 October 2016). "Twoset Violin Offer A Guide to Understanding Conservatory Friends". WQXR. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "TwoSet Violin are launching a crowdfunded world tour". Classic FM (UK). 25 March 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Rochester, Marc (9 October 2017). "TwoSet Violin mix classical music with comedy". The Straits Times. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "TwoSet Violin World Tour Los Angeles". Colburn School. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Vanasse, Jacqueline (13 November 2017). "TwoSet Violin – Hilarious with a Cause". Violinist.com. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "TwoSet Violin World Tour". www.musiikkitalo.fi. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "TwoSet Violin World Tour Frankfurt - 14 October 2018". Evensi. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "TwoSet Violin World Tour – Wednesday,October 31 2018, 7 pm". Kaufman Music Center. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- TwoSet Violin [@twosetviolin] (26 September 2018). "So San Francisco sold out in one hour..." (Tweet). Retrieved 18 October 2018 – via Twitter.
- TwoSetViolin (23 May 2018). "YOUTUBE SILVER PLAY BUTTON!!??". Retrieved 24 April 2019 – via YouTube.
- Violin, TwoSet (26 May 2018). "UNBOXING THE YOUTUBE SILVER PLAY BUTTON!! We love you guys so much Full video https://youtu.be/-FMmTs2LmmM pic.twitter.com/EZa2bvvqbp". twitter.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019. External link in
- Violin, TwoSet (12 March 2019). "We missed it but this is what we got. Thank you guys!!pic.twitter.com/fli9p1er7e". twitter.com. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
- TwoSet Violin [@twosetviolin] (9 May 2018). "Ling Ling's first appearance was about a year ago 😮" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 November 2018 – via Twitter.
- TwoSetViolin (14 March 2018). How To Practice 40 Hours a Day. Retrieved 10 November 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Ling Ling 40 Hours". TwoSet Violin. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
- Matilla, Mattias (11 October 2018). "Tämän kaksikon sketsejä on katsottu somessa jo satoja miljoonia kertoja – meemien ja klassisen musiikin yhdistelmä osoittautui hittireseptiksi" [The sketches of this two have been regarded as hundreds of millions of times - the combination of memes and classical music turned out to be a hit restriction]. Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 10 November 2018.
- "TwoSet Violin Perfects Their Practice". Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- TwoSetViolin. Play Violin Upside Down (Ling Ling Meme Meme Workout). Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- Guest violinist videos:
- TwoSetViolin (7 June 2018). Ray Chen 'Mendelssohn' 2x faster version (Ling Ling Workout). Retrieved 22 December 2018 – via YouTube.
- TwoSetViolin (11 October 2018). INSANE 2X SPEED PAGANINI (warning self-esteem may be destroyed) feat. Ziyu He. Retrieved 30 December 2018 – via YouTube.
- TwoSetViolin (15 December 2018). Hilary Hahn does the Ling Ling Workout. Retrieved 22 December 2018 – via YouTube.
- Alton, Jenna (16 August 2018). "The Clean Cut: Classical musician creates impressive version of Pachelbel's Canon using rubber chickens". Deseret News. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Sweeney, Chris (1 August 2018). "Wacky World of Rubber: Making music with rubber chickens". Rubber & Plastics News. Crain Communications. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- Santiago, Amanda Luz Henning (10 August 2018). "Please use this rubber-chicken rendition of 'Wedding March' in your upcoming nuptials". Mashable. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- TwoSetViolin. 1% Violin Skills 99% Editing Skills. Retrieved 22 December 2018 – via YouTube.
- TwoSetViolin. 1% Piano Skills 99% Editing Skills. Retrieved 22 December 2018 – via YouTube.
- Viola-related videos:
- TwoSetViolin (24 May 2018). Violin vs Viola. Retrieved 10 November 2018 – via YouTube.
- TwoSetViolin (4 March 2018). Viola Gang. Retrieved 12 November 2018 – via YouTube.
- TwoSetViolin (23 November 2017). The Viola King Returns (Black Friday Sales Ad). Retrieved 12 November 2018 – via YouTube.
- TwoSetViolin (3 March 2018). Bought a Viola for Brett's Birthday!. Retrieved 10 November 2018 – via YouTube.