"One of Saint Louis's most sought-after pianists... a true gem."
"Johanna reads a room like a book! Guests couldn't stop talking about how great she was!"
Ms. Ballou is a professional solo and collaborative pianist. She will transform your vision of the perfect event into a reality! She has a lifetime of experience performing in many contexts. So whatever your vision, she can make it happen.
Johanna is truly a wonderful and versatile pianist, and her music provided a wonderful ambiance for our event, with selections from ragtime to Broadway to Bohemian Rhapsody! She responded promptly and thoughtfully to all my questions, and she provided a microphone for my family to use upon request. She helpfully provided song lists to give an idea of her vast repertoire, and even learned some new songs that we especially love. We received so many compliments on the music and everyone wanted to know where we found such an incredible pianist! Thank you so much for your wonderful performance--it really was the icing on the cake for our special evening!
Response from Johanna Ballou:
Thank you, Andrea!
It was a pleasure playing for you and your friends and family. I had a great time and I'm so glad you enjoyed the music. All the best to you, and Happy New Year!
Johanna was outstanding and the music was exactly what was needed for our family event. She is terrific!
Response from Johanna Ballou:
Thanks so much, Lorraine! It was so fun being a part of your family’s celebration! All the best to you and the newlyweds.
Johanna is an outstanding pianist! She was perfect for my event and I would highly recommend her to others who are looking for a similar service. She was very easy to work with and very professional as well.
Response from Johanna Ballou:
Hi Tracie! Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a joy playing for your family's special event. I look forward to seeing you all again on the big wedding day!!
Johanna is a great choice for any event.
Johanna played for my daughter's wedding. She was very organized and always responded to my questions. She played everything we asked for. We got so many positive comments on how beautiful the music was at the wedding. I would highly recommend her for your event.
Johanna is one of the best pianists I have ever worked with. This summer, a soprano friend and I collaborated with her on a musical theatre project. While she hadn't played our songs before, she dutifully and cheerfully learned 22 new songs to perform. At the recital, many of the audience members commented on her ability to handle all the challenges of some very tricky music. I highly regard Johanna and always want her to play for anything I perform if possible.
I own a wedding music company, and hired Johanna to perform a wedding with one of our musicians. She was kind and pleasant, performed each song exquisitely, and epitomized punctuality and professionalism. Highly recommended!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 240 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
What to expect in the booking process:
-A personal approach to make sure all your expectations are understood and fulfilled. Don't know exactly what you want? I can help!
-Attention to detail
What to expect at your event:
-No worries for you!
-Early arrival and setup
-Awesome music! I will be prepared.
-I can provide a keyboard if necessary.
Johanna Ballou is a young American pianist who has been enthralling American and European audiences with her magnetic stage presence and dynamic interpretations. She completed her studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the UK and has studied with Daniel Martyn Lewis, Rolf Hind, Seth Carlin, Vera Parkin, and members of Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird. After her acclaimed Welsh premier of Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto, she toured alongside members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Sinfonietta for the contemporary chamber opera company Music Theatre Wales. She collaborated with Diversions, the National Dance Company of Wales, and worked in music for Welsh independent film, television, theater, and art installation projects. Since returning to the states in 2009, she has continued her performance career in solo, chamber, and collaborative piano.
Additional Booking Notes
This will vary depending upon the venue and ensemble/band hired. If I'm playing by myself, all I need is either a piano or an electrical outlet for my keyboard and amp.
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 07, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas Party|
Past Booked Events
|October 06, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|June 02, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 07, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 16, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|January 13, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 23, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|July 07, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding in St. Louis, MO|
|May 10, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Choral Concert|
|May 03, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:30pm||Corporate Event|
|April 29, 2017 • 8:00am - 4:00pm||Festival Accompaniment|
|April 21, 2017 • 8:00am - 2:00pm||Festival Accompaniment|
|April 08, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Wedding (St Louis, MO)|
|April 05, 2017 • 8:00am - 2:00pm||Festival Accompaniment|
|March 25, 2017 • 10:00am - 3:00pm||Chattanooga Festival|
|March 04, 2017 • 8:00am - 3:00pm||Festival Accompaniment|
|March 03, 2017 • 4:00pm - 8:00pm||Festival Accompaniment|
|February 25, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding in Grafton, IL|
|February 07, 2017 • 7:30pm - 9:15pm||Concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall (St. Louis)|
|December 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Lancaster, PA Holiday Concert with Terry Barber|
|December 11, 2016 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||St. Louis Holiday Concert with Terry Barber|
|December 04, 2016 • 3:00pm - 7:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|November 11, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Choral Concert (Arnold, MO)|
|November 06, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||St. Louis, MO (concert)|
|November 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Lexington, KY (concert)|
|November 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Blairsville, GA (concert)|
|November 02, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Charlotte, NC (concert)|
|October 31, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Palmetto, FL|
|October 30, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Port Charlotte, FL|
|October 29, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Naples, FL (concert)|
|October 28, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Sanibel Island, FL (concert)|
|October 27, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||The Villages, FL (concert)|
|October 25, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||TBC (concert)|
|October 24, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Greenwood, MS|
|October 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Dallas, TX (concert)|
|October 22, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||TBC Concert|
|October 20, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||San Antonio, TX (concert)|
|October 19, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Granbury, TX (concert)|
|October 18, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Wichita, KS (concert)|
|October 17, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Joplin, MO (concert)|
|October 16, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Topeka, KS (concert)|
|October 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Davenport, IA (concert)|
|October 14, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Evanston, IL (concert)|
|October 13, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Plymouth, MI (concert)|
|October 12, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Zionsville, IN (concert)|
|October 11, 2016 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm||Choral Concert|
|October 01, 2016 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Private Event (Wedding)|
|September 30, 2016 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm||Wedding|
|September 24, 2016 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm||Private Event (wedding)|
|September 03, 2016 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Private Event (Wedding)|
|September 03, 2016 • 11:30am - 1:00pm||Private Event (Wedding)|
|August 20, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Private Event (Cocktail Hour)|
|August 18, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private (Musical Entertainment)|
|July 30, 2016 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Public Event (Show Tunes Concert at Webster U)|
|July 29, 2016 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Private Event (wedding)|
I can provide a keyboard and amp, but I do need an electrical outlet!