Making Classical music relevant to the modern generation through fun, humour and simplicity.
TwoSet Violin—founded in 2014 by the two Australian musicians Brett Yang and Eddy Chen—first went viral with their funny and sometimes painfully accurate videos depicting life as a classical musician. With over 300,000 followers on social media and over 70 million views worldwide, TwoSet inspires young musicians with humor and a relatable ‘imperfectness.’ Brett and Eddy have been featured on ABC Classic FM and Sony Classical Australia and in international media such as China Times, The Violin Channel, Classic FM, WQXR, and The Strad. Their work has led to collaborations with other high profile artists such as Lang Lang, Ray Chen, Janine Jansen, James Ehnes, Maxim Vengerov, Anne Akiko Meyers and Stefan Jackiw.
At the end of 2016, the classical comedy duo gave up their spots in the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and began hosting live performances, including a sold-out debut at the Sydney Opera House in December of last year. 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. Unlike the typical classical concert, TwoSet Live attracts a diverse crowd, including young fans as well as people who have never in their lives been to a classical concert before. The duo are committed to spreading the love and inspiration for classical music.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign this past April, TwoSet have started their journey as the first ever crowdfunded classical world tour. The two committed to nonstop busking and sleeping on the streets of Sydney until they hit their goal of $50,000—which they achieved in just 5 days. Their World Tour has hit the ground running with already sold out shows in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. Upcoming stops include London, New York, Los Angeles, Oslo, Warsaw, and Vienna.
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Eddy Chen has appeared as a soloist with the Queensland Symphony, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony, Queensland Youth, and Corda Spiritus of St Andrews orchestras. In 2010 he was awarded top prize in the Queensland Young Instrumentalist Competition and was a finalist in the prestigious National Youth Concerto Competition. In 2014 he was the Queensland finalist of the National Young Virtuoso Award. Eddy received his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2014, where he studied under the guidance of Michele Walsh. While there he won several scholarship prizes, including the Brisbane Club Award and the Ronald Clifford, Basil Jones Sonata, Owen Fletcher and Paganini prizes. As an orchestral musician, Eddy has been a casual violinist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2011 and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2014. He was concertmaster of the Queensland Conservatorium Opera Orchestra in 2012 and 2014. He is also well-known for his YouTube channel EddyChenViolin. 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 2014 G20 Summit in the presence of Obama, Merkel, Rousseff, Abe and other world leaders. He made his debut performing the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in 2012 with the Queensland Conservatorium Orchestra and later performed Mozart's Concerto No. 4 with Corda Spiritus. Since then he has worked professionally as a violinist in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony. As a 2013 honours graduate at the Queensland Conservatorium, he was awarded the prestigious Brisbane Club Scholarship. He is also the host of the Brettybang Show—a podcast interviewing world class musicians, artists and creatives launched in 2016. His hobbies include reading manga, eating sushi and swimming. Brett is not afraid of cockroaches, but his anxiety increases in the presence of Eddy.