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 for any event! As a popular wedding pianist, Fred won the 2017 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award and the "Gigmasters Best of" awards for the past six years. You and your guests will truly love his masterful arrangements and improvisational talents. Fred's classy and elegant piano styling has brought rave reviews from all around the country.
Fred's dynamic repertoire of over 1,000 songs 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 polished! 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 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. 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!