How did pianists become the piano boys?
A Canadian musician is the latest to claim the title of piano guy.
John W. Sperling, a Toronto-area musician and pianist, announced his victory at the 2015 Juno Awards on Thursday, joining an illustrious list of Canadian composers and musicians who have won the prize.
Story continues below advertisementSperling won the award for his orchestral score, The Piano Guys, and for his piano accompaniment to David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
His winning entry for the 2016 Juno Award for Best Music was a piano accompanist performance of “The Piano Guys.”
“I was the piano player for Mulholls, and I was the conductor for Mulhs, and we did all of the big orchestras,” he told the Globe and Mail.
“I had all the orchestras playing for me, and the orchestrations had a lot of time on the clock and it was a real challenge.
I had to be very careful with the music, and that’s why I took that very, very seriously.”
Sperler said the musical tradition that brought him to the prize was important to him.
“The piano guys are the ones who are in the trenches.
They are the people that have the guts, the determination, the energy, the talent,” he said.
“And they’re also the ones that have to play all of these songs that we play every day.”
The prize was established in 1964 to honor the music of the piano.
Since then, the prize has been awarded to Canadian composer and musicians.
The award has been given out three times, in 1989, 2004 and 2010.
The Juno Awards ceremony is in Jacksonville, Fla., from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23.