Q&A with Event Pianist Michael
11 October 2023
We caught up with our event pianist Michael to find out how he developed his career as a successful musician and what his favourite moments are when playing at an event.
Can you introduce your act to us?
I’m a versatile pianist specialising in weddings and corporate events with a vast repertoire spanning classical, jazz, pop, Bollywood and more. I create the perfect musical ambiance tailored to unique occasions.
What makes your act unique?
What elevates my act is my extensive experience, having played at well over 500 weddings and functions in my career so far. I offer clients the opportunity to be as involved as they would like in the planning stages, and can prepare requests and tailored performances. However if preferred, I can also confidently take care of the entire process with minimal direction.
How did you get into the entertainment industry?
For as long as I can remember, music has been a huge and joyful part of my life. So I couldn’t wait to start my journey as a professional musician in London after my studies majoring in jazz piano. I spent some time playing abroad, joined bands, and explored new genres – all of which has led me to enjoy the career I have today.
How long have you been performing?
I started playing the piano at 10 years old and have been performing extensively for the past 15 years.
Where is the furthest you have travelled for a performance?
One year I spent a memorable New Year’s Eve performing at the stroke of midnight on the famous Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
What’s the best event you have worked on?
I had the privilege to be featured in the opening montage of Sky Sports’s coverage of the season finale of the Women’s Super League 2023. I played Einaudi’s ‘Experience’ and they shot it beautifully to create so much drama and anticipation! As a football fan, I was so excited to be a part of the culmination of the season at a huge moment for women’s football.
Favourite venue you’ve performed at?
It’s an honour and a thrill to play on Liberace’s piano at the world-famous Dorchester Hotel. It’s adorned with reflective silver which makes it a real showstopper! I perform here frequently and at other venues such at the Savoy Hotel for the wonderful afternoon teas there.
What is your favourite part of performing?
The unforgettable sense of electricity in the air when a room full of friends or strangers is brought together by a perfect musical moment. Be that getting swept away by a spontaneous singalong at an event or a feeling of reverence as a poignant, significant piece signals the beginning of a wedding ceremony.
What exciting plans do you have for the future?
To develop more piano shells in different themes. I offer a ‘grand piano look’ for venues where it’s not practical to have a real piano. I can bring with me a piano shell which I set up on site to encase the keyboard. Currently this is available in black or white. More really unique designs full of wow factor are coming soon!
What is the most interesting reaction you have had from an audience?
People often request background jazz or classical music for their wedding breakfast, which can set a really nice and relaxed tone. But I’m always ready to follow the feeling in the room in case the party gets itself started early. At one wedding, guests stood on their chairs, waving napkins around and delivering a full rendition of bohemian rhapsody, all before the dessert course had even been served!