Michelle Alvarado is an award winning, classically trained pianist who provides a romantic and classy ambiance for your event. With over 15 years of experience playing for events, Michelle has an expansive repertoire with excellent sight reading skills, ensuring that whatever music you want, she has the ability to perform.
Price Range: $100-700
Gig Length: 60 - 320 minutes
What to Expect
When you hire me you are hiring a professional pianist. The music you wish for me to play will be performed at the highest level of excellence and will greatly enhance any event. You will also be getting a professional who is not only a great communicator through music but also someone who communicates extremely well face to face and through all other types of media to ensure your event runs smoothly. You will be able to relax knowing that you have entrusted the music to a professional who has a proven track record of successful performances.
Michelle Alvarado is described by jazz journalist and historian Scott Yanow as a “versatile classical pianist” and “a virtuoso who can handle any piece of written music” but at her essence she is a seeker and purveyor of beauty. Her search for beauty and excellence brought her to New York City where she came in 2013 and has remained ever since.
In March of 2018 Alvarado partnered with Hudson Valley composer Eric Starr for the world premiere of his Twelve Pieces for Solo Piano at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. According to the Buffalo News her performance “moved from the delicate to the primal and the sublimely melodic to the cacophonous with finesse and grace.” Shortly after the premiere, Alvarado recorded the pieces at the National Opera Center in Manhattan.
Most recently Alvarado made her Carnegie Hall debut in October where she performed the Twelve Pieces and also gave a world premiere of a new piece for piano and cello by Eric Starr featuring cellist Hannah Holman.
Alvarado studied with Pavlina Dokovska, chair of the piano department, at
Mannes School of Music. She received her Master’s in piano performance from the University of Iowa where she held a teaching assistantship and studied under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. In her first semester as a graduate student at Iowa she was the winner of the University’s concerto competition and performed with the University Chamber Orchestra.
Alvarado is currently working as a collaborative pianist in New York City where she accompanies ballet classes, works with singers and other artists, and is a minister of music at Advent Lutheran Church. She enjoys arranging church music and working with diverse artists in a variety of genres. Alvarado is also a kickboxing, Cake enjoying, Chopin loving, sugar aficionado. She lives with her husband David in Brooklyn.
Additional Booking Notes
Since I am a pianist and primarily work by myself, I do not have the ability to bring my own instrument and will require a piano or keyboard to be provided for any type of event you wish me to perform. Although I am not a part of a group or band I can easily find and play with other musicians for your event should you need.
Past Booked Events
|January 27, 2018 • 10:30am - 1:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|November 09, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
I can perform any music you wish, the music I play is different at every event. The only thing I require is the music ahead of time which you can either email or mail to me directly if the songs you have selected are not something that I already have. I generally require music for all types of events 2 weeks in advance. I do reserve the right to charge an extra fee if the music is difficult and I do not get the music two weeks in advance.
piano or keyboard that has stand for music