What do Oprah, Nordstrom's / Von Maur and the Walnut Room have in common? They all have had versatile full-time professional pianist RICHARD SLADEK perform at their events! Available for corporate/private events & weddings. Since 1984.
What to Expect
Known for his exceptional versatility, Chicago pianist Richard Sladek has over 20 years experience performing as a soloist and accompanist for concerts and social events, and playing multiple keyboards for musical theater productions.
Mr. Sladek’s outstanding musicianship, together with a sensitive, emotional touch, makes him a rare talent among pianists. He presents an eclectic repertoire that is both extraordinary and unique. Richard’s musical styles include classical, popular show tunes, jazz, new age and ragtime... Portable piano, flute, strings, jazz trio also available... Former lead pianist of Nordstrom's/Von Maur from 1991-2000!... Also performed at the Oak Brook Hills Hotel for 14 years.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Pianist Richard Sladek has performed professionally in the Chicago area for the past 25 years. Mr. Sladek has also been the recipient of several awards including those from the Chicago Musical Arts Club, and the Grace Welsh National Piano Competition.
A Chicago native, he began playing piano at age seven with inspiration from his parents, He earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.
Professionally, he has served as staff accompanist for Columbia College, and the Second City National Touring Company. He has also played for the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, the Salt Creek Ballet, and The Academy of Movement and Music,
He was a featured artist at the Oak Brook Nordstrom and at Von Maur at Yorktown Center. In 1994 Von Maur commissioned him to record “Christmas Favorites” to celebrate the first holiday season of the company in the Chicago area.
He has also recorded two other CDs, “Piano Celebration” and “Ragtime Classics.” (Both available on his website.)
Mr. Sladek has received a New York Film Festivals Finalist award for Outstanding Achievement in the International Competition for Television, Film and Video Communication, which he composed for and performed with the nationally acclaimed education theater troupe, Wavelength. As their musical director/composer for 16 years, he performed for over 100,000 educators in North America and Europe.
In musical theater, he has played keyboards for numerous productions, most notably at the Shubert, Marriott Lincolnshire, the Theater at the Center, the Theatre of Western Springs, Circle Theater, and the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse.
Additional Booking Notes
Prefers tuned grand piano but will provide a portable full-sized piano when needed.
Past Booked Events
|April 29, 2017 • 9:30am - 11:30am||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|R2j Jazz Trio||Pianist|
Tuned piano. Adequate lighting.