Twoset Violin Offer A Guide to Understanding Conservatory Friends

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 11:14 AM

Twoset Violin's videos are changing how we relate to our friends in music conservatories. Twoset Violin's videos are changing how we relate to our friends in music conservatories. (Artist website)

The duo Twoset Violin are one of this year's great Internet phenomena of classical music. Made up of violinists Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, Twoset Violin's popular videos deal in the hilarity of the warped and wonderful world of conservatory life.

For example, if you ever run into a friend who studies at a conservatory and they’re limping from having slipped on the puddle of their own tears, it is probably because they have just come from a lesson like this ...

It could be that they missed a day of practice …

 … or they are running late to a rehearsal with Lang Lang.

Or maybe the tears are from a romantic interest. Because even on practice-less nights, conservatory lovers keep practicing ...

The reason for Twoset Violin's popularity is more than just comedy. At their best, Yang and Chen shine a light on the most paralyzing fears and insecurities of young conservatory musicians. They are as cathartic and comforting as they are funny. So, if you are a friend of a sophomore violinist who just had their self-esteem deflated by their teacher, or who wants to strangle the cellist in their chamber group, then guard the moonshine, show them a Twoset Violin video and gently guide them back to the practice room.

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