With the time difference of just one minute between their birth, these 14-year-old musicians have made an indelible mark for themselves. Idolising maestros of western music such as JS Bach, Beethoven, WA Mozart and Franz Schubert, twins Eash and Eashan Goyal have excelled in playing the piano and the guitar, respectively.
The brothers have made the city proud by setting the national record of being the 'Youngest Twin Brothers To Perform Western Classical Music'. Whereas, Eashan, individually has also set the national record of being the youngest rock guitarist of India, as acknowledged by the India Book of Records.
Defining their love for music, the twins share, "It is a serious hobby; we are too young to decide the fate for our passion but one thing is for sure, that music will stay with us for all our lives."
Music, quite obviously, encapsulates every day of their lives. "We learn something new everyday. We've learnt most of the notes by heart; even when we lie down in bed at night, we keep memorising notes and listen to Steve Vai's compositions, which help us with our morning
practice sessions," they say.
Eash and Eashan have passed their Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music exam in 2011, conducted by the ABSRM (Associated Board of Royals Schools of Music, London - the leading authority on musical assessment). While Eash has cleared grade 6 in piano, Eashan has cleared the same in guitar, and they both have passed grade 5 in theory of music with distinction. Making them duly certified by ABSRM as the youngest twins of India to perform
western classical music.
It was their mother's inclination towards music that made them pick up these instruments at such an early age. "At the age of seven, we gave our debut performance in school on Cliff Richards' track Dancing Shoes. Back then, we sang and played at the same time. Now, our teachers have advised us to just focus on the instruments," say the students of St John's School, Sector 26, Chandigarh.
Eashan, who delivered a live performance, in the middle of the interview, at his residence in Sector 19, says, "Piano is very technically very demanding; it is, however, simpler than guitar."
Eash, who decided to join in and start strumming in melody, had to be stopped to tell us more about his love for the instrument. "I have four electric and two classical guitars. To be honest, electric guitars call for a lot of practice, contrary to popular belief."
Together, Eash and Eashan have given several live performances in Delhi at Teen Murti auditorium, ML Bhartia Auditorium and Alliance Françoise.
With music taking over their lives, the obvious question is that of their academics taking a back seat. "Music has never driven us away from academics. We give the same attention to both," says Eashan, who has also become the youngest certified Indian rock guitarist after passing the Rock School advanced level examination (grade 8), conducted by Trinity College of London.
About what to expect next from them, they say, "It's an era of fusion, and we plan to bring together both our specialties - classical and rock - to create some unique compositions."