Video Game Pianist™ is one of the first musicians to gain recognition for performing live video game music on a solo instrument. He has been acknowledged for starting the trend of people posting videos of themselves playing video game music on various instruments on the Internet. The Internet premiere of his Super Mario Medley video, created at age 17, launched his video game music performance career overnight.
In their words...
Martin Leung, a pianist who gained fame on YouTube, brought down the house with his signature blindfolded performance of the theme from Super Mario Brothers.
The New York Times
The real star of the show [Video Games Live], however, was pianist Martin Leung, known around the world as the “Video Game Pianist.” His medley of songs from the Final Fantasy series was truly a showstopper.
Dallas Morning News
…an amazing classical musician. …Leung’s delivery of [Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1], which is technically very difficult, was wonderful …