The Strad Magazine August 2020

The Strad Magazine August 2020

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Over the past eight years, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen of TwoSet Violin have become an increasingly popular source of humour and inspiration for string players worldwide through their hugely successful YouTube channel. A more recent foray into staging live shows was a shot in the dark. Kimon Daltas meets ...

Let’s not get too deep into the whys and the hows of social media algorithms. Suffice it to say that if you have ever been on YouTube or Facebook, you’ll recognise the friendly faces of Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, aka TwoSet Violin. It’s as good as guaranteed that one of their videos will have popped into the social media feed of the average reader of The Strad as a suggestion, whether you were last watching ‘ultimate violin fails’ or Heifetz in recital – that’s the undeniable digital testament to their success over the past few years in tapping into the joys and frustrations of playing an instrument. Based in Brisbane, Australia, they have made more than eight hundred videos and played sold-out shows to audiences across the world, offering a mix of skits, musical challenges and a growing array of in-jokes and characters.