David Skolnick is a professional piano, accordion, and guitar player based in the GTA.
David plays private events, weddings, social gatherings, retirement homes, bar/bat mitzvahs, parties, and more! He is very comfortable playing for many different occasions.
David plays classical, jazz, pop songs, as well as French, Spanish, Italian, Bollywood, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Jewish, Polish, Russian and Turkish songs. He can learn a specific repertoire of songs if requested and has the ability to play songs by ear.
David is part of the Wander Duo with George, a fantastic Hungarian violinist. George has international experience in over 30+ countries, and knows how to entertain the crowd.
Ragam Blues was the perfect addition to our special evening! We were beyond pleased with the song choices & service that they provided. Extremely talented musician & vocalist. Would highly recommend booking them for your next event!
Thank you to Jaasmaan & David!!
The Wander Duo played at our wedding. They were absolutely perfect! The music was beautiful, with a great repertoire, and was just the right background - we knew it was there, but it didn’t drown out the conversation. All our guests commented on how lovely the Duo played (and I must say, their version of The Godfather Theme was even better than the original).
David couldn’t have been nicer or more accommodating to us. The Duo showed up early and knew exactly where to go and what to do. I cannot recommend them more!
Response from David Skolnick:
Thanks so much Laura, it was our pleasure to play at such a beautiful wedding at the Glenerin.
An amazing performance at my husband's 40th birthday. David and Ben played an amazing selection of songs and even played some songs to entertain the whole family including the little tots. It was a beautiful celebration for the whole family. We sang along and danced till the sun went down.
The Wander Duo, David and George were absolutely fantastic! Their wonderful music provided a beautiful atmosphere and during dinner they came out with the accordian and violin and personally played for my parents. It was a wonderful personal touch for my parents 50th Anniversary, it made it that much more special. The songs they played were all fan favorites, they definitely had everyone very entertained
Davids playing and vocals were a perfect background to our affair. Not overbearing or crying for attention, he let the bride and groom be the Stars of the show and provided an appropriate atmosphere and song list.
They are just fantastic, Piano, acordion and violin, just amazing. Having the music play during our engament dinner time was fantastic, they knew exactly when to keep it low and when to bring up the music. Truly made the party. Accommodated all of our request specially for Latin and Jews music. Will highly recomend again and will definitely hire again in future.
David and George played at our wedding and they were fantastic. David sang for us in English, Hebrew and Spanish, playing songs we'd requested, and working off the crowd. They even learned a traditional Colombian song for us. David is also super clear in his communications, and responds quickly to phone calls and emails. Many thanks to you both for your good energy and talent - everyone had a blast.
David and George were excellent for my wedding ceremony. They skillfully played a new piece that I asked them to learn and were exceptional in their ability to make the music flow with different parts of the ceremony. Hire them and you will not be disappointed.
David played a great rendition for a surprise promposal for my daughter and her prom date. He is so talented and accommodating that he offered to play any song that I requested with my choice of instrument. He was patience, professional and organized. I will defiantly be using his services again.
The Wondering Duo performed for my mom's 70th birthday and they were spectacular! Not only were they able to cater to guests of all ages and backgrounds, but they performed all genres of music from classical, Italian, Spanish, Tangos, Waltzes to pop, jazz, rock and roll. They took requests and serenaded the guest of honour as well as our other guests. Everyone was made to feel special. A talented duo that brought life and entertainment to the party. Thank you David and George for making this event joyous and memorable!
The Wander Duo graced us with the honour of performing at our vintage inspired wedding at the Millcroft Inn. They brought their love of music and their artistic musical mastery for us to enjoy ... and enjoy we did. We will cherish the memories they created with us. Thank you for making our wedding simply perfect.
David was a wonderful addition to our wedding. He worked with our ideas and was up for anything including learning a new song that we requested. He is a fine musician and the quality shows in his work.
Wonder duo was amazing at our wedding! They did the music for the ceremony and cocktail hour. My husband and I heard many amazing comments. We cannot wait to hear them captured again on video. A dream come true :)
David and George played for my husband's 50th birthday party. From the first contact point to the last minute of the event, David was very professional, responded quickly, punctual, friendly and a pleasure to work with. With George as his partner on this day, they had prepared a variety of songs of different languages to entertain our guests from 10 different countries. With David's talent and George's worldly experience, it was a real pleasure to have them play at our event and get to know them. If only the evening had gone on forever ......
I saw all the very good reviews about David and that is the reason i contacted him for our party.I scheduled a rehearsal with David before my performance! During our rehearsal, David instantly became my musical arranger for my song selection and I am very impressed! During my party the guests enjoyed watching him perform too, He played so well and that's why we had audience participation. He is a total entertainer! David will definitely play again for my next party!
Had David Play piano for background and entertainment, party would not have been complete without his efforts. He was later tested with requests from those that wanted to provide vocal accompaniment and came through with flying colors.
You guys were the reason why the party was such a success!
Reliable - punctual - professional - dressed in theme - great variety of music.
Thank you thank you thank you !!
When I first contacted David, I had seen his video clips and thought he'd be perfect for my mom's birthday celebration. He was so much better than I expected. He's easy going, very personable, and extremely interactive with his audience. His knowledge of songs and music in general is fantastic. Add to that, his knowledge of languages. What a treat! If you are considering adding musical content to your event, I highly recommended David.
David is a highly talented and engaging musician with an amazing repertoire and skill. David played accordion and sang old time hits and favorites by request, for our 75th birthday party. (We have heard about his piano and teaching abilities and would encourage others to engage him for those skills) He was extremely responsive, adaptable and accommodating. I would absolutely recommend David ( and his partner) for any type of event or gig and will definitely keep his contact information on hand. Thanks David! You were a FANTASTIC addition to a great weekend.
We had David play for our ceremony and he was incredible! Our guests truly enjoyed the background music support to the main performance of our wedding. He was great to communicate with leading up to the day, we picked three special songs for bridal party entrance, during the registry signing and to exit to. We were thrilled overall and would highly recommend.
The exceptionally talented Dynamic Duo, David and George, did a fantastic job providing entertainment and background music for us at my husband's 60th birthday party. Our guests enjoyed their diverse repertoire ranging from classical music to contemporary hits. They were also able to perfectly adjust their volume so that people could both enjoy listening to the music but were also able to socialize amongst themselves without struggling to hear conversations. I would highly recommend the Dynamic Duo to anyone who wants to add an extra special dimension to their event.
We had the pleasure of having David & the Wander Duo who played piano & violin for a resident evening entertainment on Saturday night. They were very professional and accommodating to our wants and needs of certain music played that evening. Our residents all commented on how wonderful a job they and as quotes “it was like the violin had its own voice who reached out to the wonderful singing from David”. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone, and will be calling to book more events in the near future.
David and George, The Wandering Duo, were on time, very professional and a
perfect addition to our parent's birthday celebration. The combination of David's vocals with keyboard and George playing his violin were great! They had a set prepared and also took some requests. My parents are still raving about how beautiful the evening was. Thanks again David and George, it wouldn't have been the same without you!
David and George are wonderful entertainers and excellent at adapting to a situation/audience. They will make sure your guests are having fun whether they're asked to provide background music or interact. They can do both. They are talented and are able to provide a wide repertoire of music styles and they will accommodate whatever theme/atmosphere you need. I recommend them for any special event.
Resident's at Southbrook had nothing but great things to say about the Wander Duo's performace; they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and look forward to having them back again!
David performed at our recent Client Appreciation Event. He was very professional and easy to work with. He customized his repertoire for the evening to enhance the modern and contemporary atmosphere of our event venue. His music selection was also geared towards the demographic of our attendees. Overall, a great addition to our event! I would not hesitate to book with David again for future events.
We had the pleasure of David performing for us at our January book club meeting. He definitely helped to bring on our French ambiance, as we discussed The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.
David is very talented and entertaining.
They played wonderfuly and were very professional. It was the perfect touch to a great day. I highly recommend them.
Recently had David and one of his friend violists play at a birthday party for my mother.
Given that a bunch of 70 year olds found the need to get up to dance and sing speaks volumes about their talents.
As my father said, the highlight of the party was the music and their ability to entertain the guests.
Definitely recommend them if you are looking for professionals to play your event, large or small.
We had the pleasure of having David play piano for a cocktail party we had for my son and daughter-in-laws wedding celebration. He was professional and very talented. Our guests all commented on how wonderful a job he did and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. I will certainly call David again if the need arises.
We had tremendous pleasure of having David and George play violin, piano and accordion at my dad's birthday party in late October 2015.
It was a last-minute decision and David and George did an amazing job preparing not only a long list of songs we requested just 3 days before the date, but they also prepared many songs that matched the style of music we asked for.
They not only met our expectations, but exceeded them!!!
Knowing that the crowd was 90% Polish - they prepared a surprise performance of Polish songs including Polish “Happy Birthday” songs to my dad. To which most of the guests sang-along & had lots of fun!!
The whole crowd was amazed and very pleased with their performance and enthusiasm.
They're very professional and can "read the crowd" on what they would like to hear.
I would highly recommend David and George for any type of occasion - small or big - they're amazing, truly gifted musicians, great team and will go out of their way to make the event very special.
Big thanks to the "Wander Duo"!! Incredible job!! You made my dad's birthday so much more special with your music!!!
It made the whole evening!!! Thank you!
I hosted a Birthday party for my daughter's 40th birthday party.
I thought a nice touch would be to have a piano player and maybe sing some songs along with him. . Guests finally warmed up and we had a lot of fun singing and listening to David play and sing. Oldies are goodies. Great time had by all!!
I found the Wandering Duo only a week before my wedding, and they were very accommodating by enthusiastically agreeing to participate in the celebration. David is very professional, and the duo was a fantastic addition to the celebration. In retrospect, we should have booked them for the entire night instead of just 2 hours, as all of our guests were very upset to not have them the whole night. The repertoire of music was vast, and they accommodated our Greek, Italian and Swedish (ABBA!!!) requests without blinking. Not expensive at all, and if budgeting is an issue, skip the fancy centrepieces and bombonierie (or whatever else will end up in the garbage a week later), and book David and the Wandering Duo!!!!
When David offered to learn 2.5 hours of new music for us, we weren't quite sure how well he would do, but he exceeded our expectations! Every song was played wonderfully and faithfully, and the guests seemed to enjoy it as well. While the price may be a bit higher than others, you definitely get what you pay for with David. I would definitely recommend him to friends!
We booked David Skolnick for a wine reception. The crowd was an eclectic group of international dignitaries. He was a tremendous addition to the celebration. Not only was he professional but he was approachable and entertained requests. He handled the entire event professionally and is obviously talented. We would book him again.
I contacted David at last minute to play during my weeding ceremony and cocktail.
David was very patient and professional and played all the songs requested by me. Thank you so much David, myself, Sarah and all the guests had a very enjoyable afternoon because of you
Being musicians ourselves, my husband and I were very careful to select musicians to play at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour on June 20, 2015. After I found David online and we spoke on the phone a few times, I knew that I was in the most capable (and talented) hands. David performed piano during both our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, along with his guitar player Leo.
David's music repertoire is vast; he is able to perform all types of genres, and he also took any special song request that I had. It was so special to have live music during the ceremony, and although we hadn't rehearsed with David prior to the big day, he was always on cue. He was so attentive and caring, and it was obvious he was equally invested in delivering a seamless ceremony.
I have received so many compliments from our wedding guests about David's music during the ceremony and during the cocktail hour. Not sure if we'd have a sunny day, we had asked David prior to the wedding to setup in a room inside the venue. We were lucky to have a bright, sunny day; and David and Leo had no problems adjusting their set up to be outside. They played beautifully for about an hour and a half without pause. Their music created the most wonderful and joyful atmosphere during cocktail hour.
I highly recommend David's piano services for any event. He is an excellent communicator and responded to all of my questions promptly, both by email and phone. He is friendly, personable, and an extraordinarily talented musician.
We hired David to play the accordion at my husband's 60th birthday party. My husband is of Italian heritage so we asked him to play Italian songs. He brought along a violinist and the two of them played a variety of Italian songs as well as taking requests from the guests for other songs. Everyone at the party enjoyed the entertainment that they provided. We had a great party and felt that the music David provided helped make the party a success. I would not hesitate to hire David again.
David played classic french music on the accordion for our son's birthday celebration. He comfortably contributed accordion to the musical guest before him and it was beautiful, playing back up on Neil Young's Harvest Moon. He was friendly and moved into role of musical guest with ease. David's presence was warm as he moved about the guests while beautifully and expertly playing the accordion. Can't wait to have another celebration and have him back!
David recently participated in our Bat Mitzvah event at a golf course. He was professional and a pleasure to deal with preparing for the event. His music was exactly what the room needed to complete the event and it many of our guests commented on his excellent skills. I would ask David to join us again at another event without hesitation.
David was very professional and provided a great evening's entertainment. We had nothing but positive feedback about his music!!! Thanks David
At the last minute, I had contacted David to perform at my wife’s 40th birthday party. David was more than accommodating and took the time to understand musical preferences and nature of the event.
David arrived to the party on time and began performing. The guests and I were taken aback by David’s diverse repertoire and skill. I will definitely hire David again and will more-than-likely have him provide piano instruction for my children.
Thank you David, you made our evening enjoyable by filling the air with music!
I connected with David as I was looking for someone local to play live music at a bank. Yes; a bank. At TD, we're always thinking of new ideas to better our customer experience, and live music was something we thought we would try to do that. Our customers loved his song selection, and his talent. David was also great to work with. He followed through on all the expectations he set with me, was on time, and very professional. I would strongly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a talented pianist to play at a public event. David, once again, thank you for working with us at the TD Creditview and Britannia branch. I'm looking forward to working with you again in the near future.
We really enjoyed having David at our home! He added so much to our party and we will definitely have him back the next time we host friends!
David's piano and guitar playing was a wonderful addition to our holiday party....all enjoyed. When David played his guitar it was a very intimate lounge experience.
I wouldn't hesitate to hire David again
David played for an hour at our Christmas Party this year at the beginning of our party. Many people commented on David's musical talent being a nice addition! Thanks for helping to make our Christmas Party a success!
I was told by guests that they enjoyed your music very much. Thank you and we will definitely recommend you to our friends!
We hired David on very short notice when our pianist fell through for our wedding reception. David came through and did an amazing job playing Top 40 piano hits until we decided to turn to salsa music. He quickly improvised and played along with the upbeat music. He was a hit, our guests loved him. He is professional, punctual and we'd highly recommend him to anyone in need of some live piano music.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Turkish
David’s biggest passion has always been to create and play music that moves people and to teach others to do the same. Trained classically on the piano from age 7, David began to expand his repertoire to jazz, pop, rock and bossa nova in high school. Throughout university and beyond, David loved exploring music from other cultures, such as klezmer, salsa, Turkish folk, and French chanson.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 12, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
Past Booked Events
|December 06, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
Note: This is only a partial list.
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Bach
Air on a G-String - Bach
Canon in D - Pachabel
Czardas - Monti
Hungarian Dance no. 5 - Brahms
Flight of the Bumblebee - Rimsky-Korsakov
Serenade - Schubert
Thaïs - Masonnet
Turkish March - Mozart
As Time Goes By
Bye bye Blackbird
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
In the Mood
Lullaby of Birdland
Memory from Cats
My Funny Valentine
My Heart Will Go On
New York, New York
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
Romeo and Juliet
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Strangers in the Night
The Lady is a Tramp
Theme from Love Story
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Classic Pop Songs
Can’t Take My Eyes Of Off You - Frankie Valli
Chiquita - ABBA
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Fernando - ABBA
Hello - Adele
Hello - Lionel Ritchie
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Honesty - Billy Joel
Hotel California - The Eagles
I Have a Dream - ABBA
Lady - Lionel Richie
Let It Be - The Beatles
Nobody Does it Better - Carly Simon
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Winds of Change - The Scorpions
Fly Me to the Moon
Girl from Ipanema
Hit the Road, Jack
Red Roses for A Blue Lady
Someday My Prince Will Come
Tea for Two
Begin the Beguine
Cherry Pink and Blossom White
Girl from Ipanema
It’s Now or Never
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas
Every Day I Wake Up
C'è la luna mezzo mare
Con te partiro
La'more ha detto addio
O Sole Mio
The Godfather Theme
C’est si bon
Le Port D’Amsterdam
Les Feuilles Mortes
Sous le ciel de Paris
Al Pacino Tango
Are You Lonesome Tonight
Could I Have This Dance
Que será, será
Fiddle on the Roof Medley
Que será, será
Zorba the Greek
Ngayon At Kailanman
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