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 most popular and talented 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 premier 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.

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 furthered 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.

The unique artistry and outstanding customer service of Fred Yacono makes a truly unforgettable and lasting impression for you and your guests...your one-stop shop for most any kind of live music event!
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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 2017!
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!

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Fred made everything so easy and he plays absolutely beautifully. Many people commented on the music and it was an absolute highlight for the bride and I. Highly recommend Fred!

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Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono’s Response:

Thank you, Samantha and Adam, for the honor of being your pianist and for your lovely review. Your wedding was perfect in every way. It was a pleasure working with you right from the start when we first met. I wish you much joy and happiness in your new life as husband and wife. Congratulations!

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Fred did a great job, and was very accommodating to my changes!! Highly recommend.

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Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono’s Response:

Thank you for your nice review, Corrine. It was an honor to provide music for your lovely wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. I send both of you my best wishes for a very long and happy life together!

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This is the 2nd year we have used Fred for our Tenant Holiday Breakfast for our tower. Fred is very professional and plays a wonderful selection of holiday music that adds holiday cheer to the event. Thank You Fred - As Always GREAT JOB!!!

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Pianist for Events, Fred Yacono’s Response:

I want to thank you for your lovely comments and for the rating that you gave me. It was an honor and a pleasure to be invited back a second year to play for the Tenant Holiday Breakfast. I was impressed with the joy and delight on faces of your many clients. I loved all of their comments as well. You certainly host a terrific celebration, Liz.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2018
Jul
13
Wedding
Bloomington, MN
4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Sep
7
Wedding
Lutsen, MN
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Sep
22
Wedding
Minneapolis, MN
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Dec
1
Community Event
Sheldon, IA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Jun
23
Wedding
Saint Paul, MN
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Jun
2
Wedding Ceremony
Saint Paul, MN
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2018
May
3
Grand Opening
Sioux Falls, SD
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
2018
Apr
18
Celebration
Bloomington, MN
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Apr
14
Celebration
Saint Paul, MN
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Mar
31
Wedding
Saint Paul, MN
4:00 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
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70's Hits Piano
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40's Hits Piano
Christmas Music Piano
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Funerals
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Bachelorette Parties
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Bat Mitzvahs
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Bachelor Parties
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Christenings
Conventions
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
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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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