About Booking Pianists
Among many other event types, live piano players are perfect for holiday sing-alongs, galas, wedding receptions or dinner parties, fundraisers and many more. Piano players perform a wide variety of repertoire and styles, including jazz, classical music, and pop music and are terrific choices for a variety of corporate and private events.
There are a few things you should consider when hiring a pianist. First, make sure that your venue can provide or you have a way of providing a grand piano or upright piano because pianists will very rarely be able to bring their own. They may be able to bring a keyboard, if that's something you are okay with. Just make sure to work it out in advance. As you begin searching, listen to audio and watch video samples. You want to be sure you are satisfied with the sound and look of the performer before you book him/her. Next, get references and read reviews. Talk to people in the area who have seen the performer and/or have booked them in the past. Feedback is the best way to ensure you book what you want. Last, always get a contract. Read the contract carefully and work out any details in regards to deposit requirements, length of performance, scheduled breaks, attire, travel, and lodging. Watch for specifications made by the performer and be sure you can meet them.