Mirko & Valerio have been uploading videos of themselves playing their violins. They are covering well-known pop songs to keep people entertained during the COVID-19 lockdown in Italy.
In March, the 12-year-old violinists recorded a cover of the 2008 hit single, “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay. Their video went viral quickly, going out to millions of people who loved the performance and loved the message too. During lockdown, Mirko and Valerio were amongst the first Italian musicians to start performing during the quarantine. To add to their recent online success, their video was shared by the official Facebook page for Coldplay, who were very complimentary of their cover.
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Coldplay shared their youtube video saying:
‘Thank you, guys ??? You rock! ♥️ ?? love c, g, w, j & p’.
All the band members added their initials to the post, Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Phil Harvey. Acknowledgment of a good cover doesn’t get much better than that!
In response to the compliment given to Mirko & Valerio, the two young violinists replied with,
“We thank Coldplay for sharing our video, you have given us immense joy.”
As the world watches Italy fighting a battle against an out-of-control pandemic, people are grateful for the entertainment these musical posts provide during tough times. This was expressed multiple times throughout the video’s comments section and has become a general theme across other viral quarantine music videos.
The boys talk in Italian at the start of the video above, we have provided a quick translation.
The boys say,
“We’re keeping each other company with Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida'”.
Mirko and Valerio continue to make their inspirational music videos and upload them to their social media pages. After the success of their first video, their story is being covered and shared on news websites and music aggregators. Hopefully, Italy’s situation will change for the better soon regarding the Coronavirus, but praise for these two young men who are shining a little bit of light during an uncertain time.
Want to see more from Mirko & Valerio? Check out their Facebook Page and follow their future posts for more brilliant violin cover songs.