Pianist. Known by many as "North Florida's Matriarch of Music," Gina's 33 years of experience performing and teaching music means she can play absolutely anything! Her specialties are songs from the Great American Songbook and improvisational-style for certain genres to include: classical, jazz, blues, pop from the 40's through today, rock and roll, show tunes and holiday music. Describe to her the mood you wish to set and together you will create an appropriate music list for gatherings big or small. She can play solo or with a combination of musicians. Gina looks forward to working with you to make your event everything that is you!
Gina was a joy to be around for guests and vendors alike. We feel privileged to have shared this day with her, and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Music was beautiful and appropriate with a mixture of classical and pleasant music. I do not have any photos with me to send. But it was a very nice memorial service and the music made it that much more pleasant.
Gina made our evening so much fun! She is awesome!!!
Gina is amazing! She had our guests thrilled and entertained the entire evening! We will have her play at each and every party we host! Gina has such a wonderful personality, you want her to join the party! Thank you for a spectacular evening❤️
Gina Martinelli is a delightful entertainer/pianist, and I highly recommend her for events and private parties. Her talent and enthusiasm add a great deal of fun to any occasion.
Any event is enriched when Gina Martinelli is at the keyboards.
Gina’s multi-range voice and piano mastery along with her charismatic
personality are remarkable indeed.
I have known Gina for twenty years and have attended both formal and
informal events where she has performed and I am always amazed at
her professionalism and virtuosity. Her repertoire—ranging from
contemporary to classical—makes Gina’s performance a welcome
enhancement to all types of events.
— Marsha Glazière
I attended a private house party where Gina played the piano. She had been hired to play music that was classical and jazz in nature. Later in the evening when the guests felt like singing, she was able to play many requests for songs with no sheet music and the guests were singing and dancing into the night. Gina is a true delight! We will definitely call upon her again in the future when our needs call for a pianist.
Price Range: $200-$950
Gig Length: 120 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Expect me to arrive an hour prior to set up and sound check. I will play up to four hours. I will only play a client's piano if it has been tuned within six months of the event date. If I am to bring equipment, there is an additional charge of up to $150 depending on location, stairs, etc. While I will be prepared to play the music style or choices that have been discussed at time of booking, I am completely flexible to incorporate other styles upon request. If a particular song or songs are desired, they must be approved at least one week prior to event date in order for me to arrange it properly. If clients would like for me to sing, I will perform a few select songs. Unless otherwise specified, I traditionally wear floor length dresses. I take an approximate ten minute break per hour if at all.
I offer 40 years of experience teaching and performing as a professional pianist and vocalist. I enjoying playing to the mood of each audience. My freestyle way of playing allows me to pick up or slow down the pace at a moment's notice. Would you like a total change of music style? No problem, I can do that too. As an entertainer, I have experience working corporate events, private parties, house parties, country clubs, and resort hotels.
1999-Present: Art & Music Studio's of Gina Martinelli where I offer private instruction, exam proctoring, and adult lessons in piano, voice, and art. Located in Jacksonville, FL.
1996 thru1998 Crystal Springs Elementary music and art teacher in Jacksonville, FL.
1984 thru1994 Duval County public and private school music and art workshop facilitator.
1970, BA (cum laude) in Music Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
1989, BA (cum laude) in Sculpture from UNF, Jacksonville, FL
1995 thru1998, Artist in Residence, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs
Additional Booking Notes
I have a Roland RD-300SX digital piano with a full keyboard of 88 keys that I can bring if you do not have a piano on-site.
Past Booked Events
|October 30, 2020 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 14, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 24, 2019 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 22, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 01, 2018 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 08, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Society Club Luncheon|
|December 07, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:30pm||Private Event|
|December 05, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding|
|December 01, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Society Club Luncheon|
|November 30, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:30pm||Private Event|
|November 28, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:30pm||Country Club|
|November 24, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Society Club Luncheon|
|November 23, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:30pm||Employee Moral Luncheon|
|November 21, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:30pm||Thanksgiving Event|
|November 17, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Society Club Luncheon|
|November 16, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:30pm||Private Event|
|November 14, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:30pm||Private Event|
|November 10, 2016 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Society Club Luncheon|
|November 09, 2016 • 10:00am - 4:30pm||Birthday Party|
|November 07, 2016 • 2:00pm - 6:30pm||Country Club|
Most of my clients ask me to play a particular genre of music for their event with the addition of a few select songs. For example, Ms. Davis requested classical music plus five select songs (two of those she wanted me to sing) for her dinner party of 50 people in her home for her husband's surprise 50th birthday party. All I would need from Ms. Davis is the name of those five songs so that I could ensure I was familiar with them for her event. It is that easy.
Influences & Inspiration
Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, Beetles, Carol King, Seline Deon, Peggy Lee, Elton John, David Bowie, Peter Paul and Mary, Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Leonard Bernstein, Oscar Peterson, Chuck Mangione, David Burbeck, Antonio Carlos Joebin, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver.
Musicals: My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly
6' x 6' space
Grounded electrical outlet if I am bringing the keyboard and sound system