Winner of GigMasters' "Best of 2012" Award, with over 30 years professional experience (and a GigMasters member since 2004) , Michael Levine has built a solid reputation as a top-notch solo pianist & keyboardist. As one of the leading GigMasters performers in the U.S., Michael is often hailed as "Pianist to the Stars!" Following classical training on the east coast, he became a Californian and started playing at such prestigious venues as the Fairmont in San Jose, the Four Seasons Clift and Mark Hopkins Hotels in S.F., and opened for Chuck Berry at San Francisco's Gift Center.
In addition to political fund-raisers for Shirley Temple Black, Senators Alan Cranston and Dianne Feinstein, S.F. Mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom, plus the Hon. Norman Y. Mineta, Michael played several benefits for the S.F. Symphony, and performed at the wedding of '49ers Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott. More recently, Michael played at another '49ers Gala event, the retirement party for Jerry Rice (also enshrined in the Hall of Fame) at San Francisco's Palace Hotel, which was featured on television. Just this past August, Michael performed for Napster founder and Facebook co-founder Sean Parker, and in Pebble Beach, at the Rolls Royce House for the Concours D'Elegance (his 100th GigMasters event!).
As an option for outdoor or piano-less job sites, Michael has concert-quality, portable keyboard equipment which delights audiences at conventions, private parties, trade shows, cruise ships and all functions where an extra 'sparkle' and ambiance enhancement is desired. Repertoire includes Gershwin, Cole Porter, Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John, standards from every era, blues, international music, classical and much more! With great references and competitive rates, Michael maintains a very active performing schedule.
(PLEASE NOTE: The 'Song List' posted below represents just a small
fraction of Michael's active repertoire, and is intended to reflect
his versatility. Further listings are available upon request.)
Children's Birthday Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
"She's Always a Woman"Billy Joel
"Somebody's on My Mind"Billie Holiday
"Can You Feel the Love Tonite?"Elton John
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"Madonna
"Unchained Melody"Alex North
"Night and Day"Cole Porter
"Nobody Does It Better"Carly Simon
"Clair de Lune"Debussy
"When Sunny Gets Blue"Fisher/Segal
"One Note Samba"Jobim
"God Bless the Child"B. Holiday
"Music of the Night"Webber
"All I Ask of You"Webber
"Sugar Plum Dance"Tchaikovsky (arr. Levine)
"O Mio Babbino Caro"Puccini (arr. Levine)
"Ain't Misbehavin'"Fats Waller
"As Time Goes By"Dooley Wilson
"The Way We Were"Hamlisch
"What I Did for Love"Hamlisch
"Canon in D"Pachelbel
"Send in the Clowns"Sondheim
"The Long and Winding Road"Lennon/ McCartney
"I Remember You"Schertzinger
"The Christmas Song"Mel Torme
"I Dreamed a Dream"Schonberg
"Bring Him Home"Schonberg
"Cavatina" ("Deer Hunter")S. Myers
"Can You Read My Mind"John Williams
"Linus and Lucy"Vince Guaraldi
"Gettin' Sentimental Over You"Geo. Bassman
"Moonlight in Vermont"Karl Suessdorf
"Over the Rainbow"Harold Arlen
"Someone to Watch Over Me"Gershwin
"My Funny Valentine"Rodgers/Hart
"Talk of the Town"J. Livingston
"When I Fall in Love"Nat "King" Cole
"Can't Help Lovin' That Man"J. Kern
"All the Things You Are"J. Kern
"Nights in White Satin"Moody Blues
Theme from "Norma Rae"Jennifer Warnes
"Just Once"James Ingrahm
"Grow Old Along With Me"John Lennon
"My Love"Paul McCartney
"Piano Man"Billy Joel
Theme from "Ice Castles"Melissa Manchester
$100 - $200
'From Horowitz to Roger Williams, from Billy Joel to Art Tatum, many great musicians have influenced my diversity of style and my interests. Above all, I've related most closely to those who LOVE to play!'
Event in San Francisco, CA on 08/02/2013
"WOW!! Honestly, this couldn't have worked out better. If you close your eyes and imagine the talented, classy, iconic piano player that you'd cast in a movie - Michael would be the guy.
I had a tough gig that involved an uncertain schedule and demanded some flexibility, and Michael was a true joy to work with. What a class act. I will definitely be hiring him again and would highly, highly recommend!"
- Daniel P.
Birthday Party (Adults) in San Rafael, CA on 06/18/2011
"Michael is just plain GREAT !!!!!!"
- Sheilah W.
Corporate Function in San Jose, CA on 08/09/2013
"This is the third time I have hired Michael to thrill one of our clients with his amazing virtuosity on the piano. Once again, I am totally delighted with the professional ethics AND talent that is the joy of working with Michael. He never disappoints; as a matter of fact, he just gets better and better.
This gig was a demanding one, for a very particular client, and Michael not only showed up looking great, but his talent AND his personality won the day ... all THREE days of the event in this case.
I'm looking forward to working with him again ... and again. "
- Linda B.
Christmas Party in Sacramento, CA on 12/10/2011
"Michael is extremely professional, he arrived on time and played the most wonderful music. He was everything I had hoped for in a pianist. My guests loved his music. He absolutely made our event a special one. thank you Michael!!
- Sarah R.
Banquet in Gilroy, CA on 09/07/2006
"Michael was early, set up quietly, and performed beautifully; in fact, he received a standing ovation.... He is a very very talented performer and our group loved him!
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- Georgina C.
Christmas Party in Sonoma, CA on 12/24/2012
"Michael was fantastic! We had a very small, informal, intimate dinner party for the holidays. Michael was EXTREMELY accommodating last minute, given it was Xmas Eve.
He was flexible with requests and played for several hours. Brought his own equipment, set up and took down. I would definitely recommend him again (and have)."
- George B.
Corporate Function in Santa Cruz, CA on 12/06/2012
"This is the second time we've had Michael play for one of our events because he did such a great job that first time. Well, this time, he was even better!
It is very apparent that Michael absolutely LOVES what he does. He combines being extremely talented and professional, with also being sweet and accommodating.
This occasion was a little more informal, and therefore ideal for Michael’s natural sense of humor to take off: it was a BIG hit with our guests! We were all laughing and singing, making this party a HUGE success!
Bravissimo, Michael, and thanks to GigMasters as well!
- Linda B.
Event in Los Altos Hills, CA on 11/01/2013
"Michael played beautifully (for 4 hrs!) and was very personable. We thoroughly enjoyed him and would definitely hire him again!"
- Debbie N.
Birthday Party (Adults) in San Francisco, CA on 04/13/2012
"Very easy to work with very accomodating. Made the party! thank you "
- Gerri K.
Corporate Function in Santa Cruz, CA on 05/07/2006
"Gigmasters.com is great! It's to their credit that they are able to attract members of the caliber of Michael Levine. From our very first contact with Michael, to the last note of his superb performance, he was a total pro, and an absolute delight to work with! His amazing keyboard command and almost encyclopedic memory (he played a phenomenal repertoire "by heart") were matched by his eagerness to please our guests, and his effortless "people skills." Everyone loved Michael's infectious sense of joy and "fun"; he even ran out of business cards before the party ended. That's when I proudly answered all those who inquired, "I'm the one who found him, on Gigmasters!" We ALL had a great time! Thank You!"
- Linda B.
Anniversary Party in San Carlos, CA on 03/21/2006
"Hired as a last-minute replacement for the other entertainer I had engaged for our anniversary, Michael saved the day! His professionalism was apparent even before the party began: he arrived almost an hour early, beautifully attired, took time to locate the optimal spot to set up his impressive keyboard equipment, and wowed our many guests with the widest assortment of repertoire imaginable, all delivered with flair, beauty, delightful humor and showmanship!
Our guests frequently stopped to cheer and applaud Michael's highly-charged performances, and the many musicians present (I am one myself) expressed their amazement at his flying fingers, outstanding talent and boundless energy & enthusiasm.
At least three guests booked Michael on the spot for events of their own, and I simply can't thank him enough for his enormous contribution to the success of our party! Bravo, Michael! Highest possible recommendation!"
- Charles H.
Corporate Function in Monterey, CA on 01/12/2006
"He was very good and suited our reception just wonderfully. Mr. Levine honored all requests and was even willing to bring his own keyboard which saved the Association of California School Administrators $250.00. Mr. Levine played for a crowd of 819 people and was enjoyed by all. I highly recommend Michael Levine for your next event."
- Sue P.
Private Party in San Francisco, CA on 08/21/2012
"Michael was a pleasure to work with, accommodated all our requests and provided us with a beautiful backdrop to our event.
We would DEFINITELY recommend him to friends and plan to use his services again in the future.
We received many positive comments about him :)"
In addition to Millbrae, Michael Levine, Prize-Winning Pianist will also travel to San Francisco, Burlingame, San Bruno, Pacifica, South San Francisco, San Mateo, Brisbane, Daly City, Belmont, El Granada, Montara, Moss Beach, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, San Carlos, Alameda, Atherton, Menlo Park, Oakland, San Leandro
and many other locations in and around the Millbrae area.
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