Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono

Piano from Minneapolis, MN - Will travel up to 200 miles
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Fred Yacono is one of the premier wedding and event pianists in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding area. He provides the very best in beautiful piano music to any event! As a popular wedding pianist, Fred won the 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award. You and your guests will truly enjoy his masterful arrangements and improvisational talents. Fred's classy and elegant piano styling has brought rave reviews from all around the country.

Fred will captivate you with his dynamic repertoire of over 1,000 songs which is a virtual hit parade that covers all decades of great songs from the best bands, orchestras and vocalists of our time. Fred will design a playlist that perfectly complements the theme of your event to please you and your guests. He is always happy to accommodate any special requests you may have.

Your wedding is one of the most memorable, romantic events of your lifetime! Fred will create a magical musical memory for your wedding day. He will delight you and your guests in all of the phases of your wedding celebration–your rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and also the cocktail hour and reception. Fred meets with each couple and provides a complimentary planning session where together he helps them select the music that they love. If he is not familiar with a particular song request, Fred is happy to research the request, get the music, learn it and commit it to memory forever. He also consults with the couple, their officiant and wedding planner throughout the planning phase to make sure that every detail of their music is seamless and perfect! Fred has several wedding packages which are designed to save money for his clients. He has a very special discount for all members of the United States Armed Forces and veterans.

Live piano music is a huge hit at corporate events and Fred has many happy corporate clients who call him back for repeated performances! His music is a great ice breaker and creates an atmosphere which puts your guests in a fun, relaxed, and festive mood, adding a special flair to your celebration and leaving a lasting impression on everyone! Guests will always remember the music and how much fun they had!

The secret to successful party entertainment is versatility and Fred knows that. He is well-equipped with hundreds of songs from every decade that your guests will love to listen to and even sing along with. Fred has memorized all of the music he plays which allows him the freedom of expression to perform each piece of music with great sensitivity and creativity, very often composing and improvising as he plays and interacts with the guests.

One of life's most difficult times is the loss of a loved one. Music is powerful and important to many people at this time, and it can help make the memorial service or funeral particularly meaningful and personal. Fred is very sensitive to the families and their friends as he helps to comfort the bereaved with his music which honors the loved one in an environment of peace and compassion.

Fred was classically trained in New York City and is a graduate of New York University where he majored in piano performance and music education. He has played piano since the age of five. At the graduate level, he pursued studies in music composition and theory with such renowned composers as, Karl Korte, Arnold Franchetti, Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, and a workshop with Aaron Copland. As a student, he taught at the Julliard School of Music, Preparatory Division. He pursued his graduate studies at The Hartt College of Music of the University of Hartford, Duquesne University, and the University of North Carolina, among others.

As Director of Bands for Currituck County, North Carolina Public Schools, Fred was coordinator between secondary school students and the U.S. Combined Armed Forces School of Music at the Amphibious Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. While living in the southern United States, Fred founded and established Coastal Music Connections, a music education consultancy, which designed and implemented music curricula for private, primary and secondary schools. He employed a staff of 42 music instructors. Concurrent with teaching in public education, he also taught privately all throughout his career.

In addition to his solo piano performances as an event and wedding pianist, Fred can also provide additional performers and instruments upon request, such as male and/or female vocalists, violin, harp, guitar, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and drums.

If a piano is not available, Fred will supply your event with one of his state of the art digital pianos and sound equipment. He also has a silent portable generator if an electricity source is an issue.

Upon booking, Fred is prepared to go that extra mile to make you and your guests talk about his services fondly for years to come. No matter what kind of event you have, he will crown it with the very best in beautiful solo piano music!
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100+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

Grand Opening

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Fred did a wonderful job playing at our event. He was very professional and easy to work with. We will be using him again in the near future!

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Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono’s Response:

Thank you for the nice review, Andrea! I really enjoyed providing music for your Grand Opening. You did an incredible job of pulling it all together. I had a lot of fun and appreciated all of the customer feedback. I am looking forward to the upcoming events this fall and working with you again.

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Graduation Party

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Absolutely fantastic ! Played the whole 3 hours with no break . Would hire him for my next event .

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Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono’s Response:

Thank you Cathy and Dave for your very kind words and review. Dylan's graduation party was a great success, thanks to all of your wonderful preparation. It was a pleasure meeting both of you, your mom, Gracie, and your fine sons. Your guests were so receptive and I had a great time playing for all of you. I will remember your party for a very long time!

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Wedding

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Fred added so much to our wedding day! He is very talented, professional, and easy to work with. We hired Fred to play for our wedding ceremony as well as for our brunch reception. He had many great ideas for our wedding ceremony that made it truly sparkle. From the start, his experience and professionalism were evident. We knew we could trust him. He was also great at coordinating with the other professionals involved in our wedding day (site coordinator, pastor, etc). He also accompanied our vocalist beautifully. Our guests were impressed and had a great time. Overall, Fred went above and beyond what we expected. We would recommend him to anyone!

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Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono’s Response:

Thank you Darcy for your very kind words. It was truly an honor and a pleasure to play for your wedding ceremony and brunch reception. I wish you and Jim a most wonderful life together, in every aspect. Warmest Regards, Fred

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2017
Oct
21
Wedding Ceremony
Saint Paul, MN
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Jan
21
Wedding
Saint Paul, MN
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
2018
Mar
31
Wedding
Saint Paul, MN
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Jun
2
Wedding Ceremony
Saint Paul, MN
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2017
Sep
23
Wedding Ceremony
Excelsior, MN
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2017
Sep
7
Grand Opening
Saint Paul, MN
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
2017
Sep
2
Wedding
Minneapolis, MN
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Aug
26
Wedding Reception
Minneapolis, MN
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Aug
19
Wedding
South Saint Paul, MN
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Aug
12
Wedding Reception
Minneapolis, MN
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
A Day in the Life of a Fool
Frank Sinatra
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
"Cinderella"
A Fine Romance
Ella Fitzgerald
A Foggy Day in London Town
Michael Buble
A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Louie Armstrong
A Lovely Night
"Cinderella"
A Moment Like This
Kelly Clarkson
A Natural Woman
Carole King
A Summer Song
Chad & Jeremy
A Taste of Honey
Herb Alpert
Piano
Classical Piano
Jazz Piano
Swing Piano
Broadway Piano
70's Hits Piano
80's Hits Piano
60's Hits Piano
50's Hits Piano
40's Hits Piano
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono will also travel to Saint Paul, Arden Hills, Hopkins, Mendota, Plymouth, Bloomington, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Osseo, South Saint Paul, Wayzata, Circle Pines, Inver Grove Heights, Champlin, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Crystal Bay, Long Lake, Newport, Savage, Willernie, Excelsior, Hamel, Saint Paul Park, Dayton, Hugo.
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