Middle School Violinist Invited to Play with The Piano Guys
On December 4, Parker violinist Josh Wyly, Class of 2023, made his onstage debut before a sold-out crowd with The Piano Guys at Copley Symphony Hall. The Piano Guys, a group made famous by Youtube, chose standout musicians from San Diego County to accompany them during their holiday concert in downtown. Josh and fellow violinist and Upper School student Nathan Sariowan, Class of 2020, were both selected for this honor.
“I wasn’t really nervous,” said Josh. “I like to say ‘I don’t play the violin, I play with my heart.’”
Josh was recommended to The Piano Guys by his teacher who recognized his talent for playing the violin.
“I only started playing the violin four years ago at the Lower School,” said Josh. “I love the violin. It’s so expressive. I love how the violin can at one moment be part of a huge orchestra and at the next moment shine-out for a solo.”
Josh said there isn't one period of music he likes to play on the violin because he loves it all. But he does love how new musicians like The Piano Guys have been mixing the old with the new.
On stage, Josh and the other invited musicians got to play The Piano Guys’ favored piece “Beethoven’s Five Secrets,” which incorporates “Beethoven’s 5th Symphony” and OneRepublic’s “Secrets” together.
Josh said this experience with The Piano Guys has motivated him to perfect his skills on violin and he can’t wait to play with more talented musicians.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.