Have you ever wished that the concert would start with the encore?
This was exactly what the music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo thought when they created Play it Again, which starts with the end of the show.
Who would have thought that a Russian violinist and a Korean pianist would find each other at age twelve, be united in their fascination for Monty Python and make a whole career of it? Well, that’s what happened with Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo. Now they perform for sold-out concert halls all over the world, and their YouTube channel has more than 40 million views. The explanation: Behind the laughter there are tears and an unusual sensitivity to music which make the two virtuosos beloved and deeply respected in a world of music where there are no borders between genres.
'Their blend of classical music and comedy, laced with pop culture references and a wholly novel take on the word slapstick, is fueled by genuine, dazzling virtuosity. It’s that final ingredient that adds a dose of magic to their routine — and proves infectious to other musicians.' – THE NEW YORK TIMES
Igudesman & Joo: Play it Again
Aleksey Igudesman violin | Hyung-ki Joo piano | Philipp Treiber sound