Although America’s Got Talent allows people of all talents to compete, it’s common for the singers to get a lot of the attention. Many of those singers have played instruments like guitar, ukulele, and piano to accompany their voices.
But what sets AGT apart from shows like The Voice and American Idol is that musicians don’t have to sing. While a non-singing musician has never won the show, there have been several amazing instrumentalists who have blown us away over the years. Let’s check some of them out below.
1. Brian King Joseph
This electric violinist made it to third place in Season 13 of the show. His performances of popular songs wowed the judges and audience. He shared in his audition that he was diagnosed with a nerve disease that takes feeling from his hands, making his appearance on the show even more inspiring.
2. William Close
William made it to third place in Season 7 with his earth harp act. He introduced it as the “world’s largest stringed instrument.” Although he didn’t win AGT, he and his Earth Harp Collective recently appeared on The World’s Best.
3. Nuttin’ But Stringz
This violinist duo, comprised of brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar, finished in third place in Season 3. Their energetic and dramatic performances were a hit. Judge Piers Morgan told them they should be the winners of the season.
4. Lindsey Stirling
This violinist didn’t make it past the Quarterfinals of Season 5, but she’s gone on to amazing success in the years since. Her YouTube channel has 11 million followers, and she performs in concert around the world. She was offered a spot on America’s Got Talent: The Champions, but turned it down.
5. Maestro Alexander Bui
This talented pianist was 16 when he auditioned for Season 5 of AGT on YouTube. The performance sent him straight to the Quarterfinals, and he ultimately made it to the Semifinals before being eliminated. His performance of “Flight of the Bumblebee” showed off some very fast fingers.
6. Emil & Dariel
These teenage brothers made it to the Top 12 of Season 9 with their cello act. They said they want to “reinvent the limits of what the cello can do,” and make their cellist grandfather proud. They performed rock covers from bands like the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.
7. Dave the Horn Guy
In Season 1, this creative musician made it to the Semifinals by playing 25 bicycle horns strapped all over his body. Piers Morgan wasn’t impressed, but the other judges were. Dave later appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
8. Natasha Le
This pianist was 8 years old when she appeared on Season 1 of AGT. She made it to the Semifinals and then returned to the competition as a Wild Card. Natasha started playing piano at age 3, and said she practiced every day for three hours. It was enough to impress the judges.
9. Michael Nejad
Who says you can’t use everyday objects as instruments? This musician made it to the Quarterfinals of Season 7 with his unique act. His audition consisted of him blowing into a broom and dustpan to make amazing music. He later played a baseball bat in the same way.
10. Cast in Bronze
This masked performer played the carillon, an instrument with 35 bronze bells, in Season 9. “I did not choose the carillon. The carillon chose me,” he said. He made it to the Quarterfinals, where he performed “Carol of the Bells.”
11. Adrian Romoff
Adrian was 9 years old when he auditioned for the show with his keyboard in Season 9. He shared in his audition that he was also interested in science, and skipped five grades. The judges were entertained by his talent and personality, and he made it to the Quarterfinals.