We booked Mr. Nei to play at a birthday party for a small gathering of family and friends in the Washington, DC, area in June of 2015. Mr. Nei is a consummate professional: he responded quickly to our inquiry and provided us with a detailed contract, which we quickly returned and he acknowledged receiving; he double-checked the date, time, and location of the event and sent a follow-up email a couple days in advance of the party; he arrived on time with his own keyboard; he was appropriately dressed; and he treated both our guests and us with incredible kindness. We also thought his rates were quite reasonable.
Most significantly, the music he provided was exactly what we wanted. He played sophisticated jazz standards as our guests gathered for drinks and appetizers; he played soothing background music for dinner; and he played music that invited our guests to dance after dinner (i.e., swing, foxtrot, waltz, and rumba). He also responded beautifully to a special request to learn in advance the music for a traditional folk dance.
Without any prompting on our part, many of our guests commented on the high quality of Mr. Nei's performance. Based on our experience, it is hard to imagine another pianist in the area who could do a better job in providing music for a special event or family celebration. We will definitely turn to Mr. Nei again, should we plan a similar event in the future. We wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Nei to others, as he is simply excellent.