I am a classically trained virtuoso pianist who has performed in the US, Canada, and in Europe. I have performed on the concert stage, but have also played the glorious standards in restaurants, lounges, hotels, and country clubs, as well as for weddings, parties, fundraisers, corporate events, and VIP black-tie affairs. I truly love what I do, and my goal is always the same: to make my clients and their guests remember the music long after the event is over.
I arrive early, impeccably dressed and groomed, and prepared to play any special selections you have requested.
With only one rehearsal and then mixed signals is speed and volume; Richard was readily adaptable.
Richard played at my daughter’s wedding shower this past weekend. He is a talented musician and consummate professional. His selections were perfect and his music created such a joyful, peaceful backdrop to our luncheon. I am grateful for Richard’s contribution to making our event so special. I highly recommend his services.
Richard played piano for a surprise 10Y anniversary party I threw for my wife in Stamford, CT. He was easy to work with, reasonably priced for a great value, and showed up on time and dressed the part for such an occasion. He knew just what to play as the party flowed and everybody had a wonderful time. Would absolutely recommend Richard for any event big or small to add class to your gathering of loved ones.
I would recommend Richard to anyone. He was always responsive when I reached out, understanding when I had to move the time of the cocktail hour, and overall an amazing musician. He played for the cocktail hour at our wedding, and our guests are still raving about how much they loved his musical selections, kind demeanor, and overall talent. I would hire him again for an event in a heartbeat!
Richard was wonderful. He came prepared, on time and impeccably dressed. He was patient with guests’ requests and even stayed an extra 20 minutes. I’m so grateful for his time and talent!
Mr. Devens came to play at our Friday afternoon party for the day after my son’s wedding celebration. He is professional, polite, independent and an excellent pianist. He provided us with background music on my piano making our party more festive.
Richard is an accomplished pianist. He followed well as an accompanist and had a good grasp of the repertoire and the musical styles of each piece.
Richard was a pleasure to work with. Very Responsible.
What do you get a 95 year old man, who lost his sight 65 years ago for his birthday? A piano player! The crowd enjoyed Richard’s playing....he was prepared with the genres I had requested and fielded requests from the crowd with ease. Arrived on time and was not looking at his watch to leave. I would recommend and hire again! I booked Richard only two days before the party and had no regrets!
Richard was excellent at our cocktail party. He was on time and professional. The music flowed effortlessly and he helped set a beautiful tone for our event.
We loved Richard. He was very accommodating to all of our requests and very communicative while we decided on the details for our wedding. He showed up early to get set up and played beautifully throughout the ceremony. Thanks again!
I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO FINISHING UP OUR WORK ON MY PROJECT. MR DEVENS WAS ON
TIME AND VERY PATIENT AND PROFESSIONAL. I AM FROM A MUSICAL FAMILY, HE COULD NEVER
FOOL ME ABOUT HIS ABILITIES....!!! I THANK HIM FOR ALL HE HAS DONE SO FAR.....
Richard was a pleasure to work with and highly recommend his services. He showed up early to the event and played the requested songs beautifully. He was sweet and kind which set my nerves at ease (I was the nervous bride). It seems that his repertoire is vast as he played a requested modern song, that was from the sound track to a recent movie as well as classical music. Overall a job well done!
Thank you Richard!!!!
Richard was not only professional, personable and friendly, his music was outstanding and enjoyed by all those who attended.
Richard delivered the goods . Showed up on time and turned our dinner party into a memorable event . I would use him again for sure .
Richard showed up early. Looked professional and sounded Great!!! Very easy to work with and we would highly recommend him to any friend or family!!!
Lots of compliments from my guests!
Great pianist! Professional, good technically, and with a wide repertoire. Only subtracting a star because he wasn't as "personable" as I would have preferred. I put alot into it (as can be seen from the pics) and was hoping to get alot out of it. Richard did not disappoint!
Price Range: contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
A client can always expect me to be on time, impeccably groomed, dressed to his or her specifications, friendly, accommodating, and prepared with the proper music.
I am a classically trained virtuoso pianist with a master's degree in music performance. I have performed on the concert stage, both in the US and abroad, but have also performed in restaurants, lounges, hotels, and country clubs. In addition, I have played for countless weddings (for receptions as well as cocktail hours), parties, fundraisers, corporate events, and black-tie affairs.
I earn my living performing and teaching piano, and as an accompanist for dancers, singers, violinists, cellists, and flutists.
My repertoire ranges from classical to Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and many other composers.
I welcome special requests, and if I don't know a particular selection, I buy it and learn it. I will also play selections for you - either in person, or over the telephone - before the event takes place, to ensure are completely satisfied.
My goal is to always give 100% for each of my clients, to help make your event a memorable one, and for you and your guests to remember the music long after the event is over.
Additional Booking Notes
If a piano in good working order is not available, I can provide a Yamaha Portable Grand Piano.
Past Booked Events
|September 17, 2022 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 14, 2022 • 9:30am - 12:00pm||Worship Service|
|August 03, 2022 • 11:00am - 1:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 15, 2022 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday Party|
|May 10, 2022 • 8:30pm - 11:30pm||Dinner Party|
|April 30, 2022 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm||Bridal Shower|
|April 07, 2022 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Corporate Event|
|November 26, 2021 • 11:00am - 1:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|November 25, 2021 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||Dinner Party|
|November 17, 2021 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Retirement Community Event|
|October 29, 2021 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 23, 2021 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 05, 2021 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|August 21, 2021 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 14, 2021 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 30, 2021 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||House Party|
|July 24, 2021 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Festival|
|October 25, 2020 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 29, 2020 • 5:30pm - 10:30pm||Birthday Party|
|July 25, 2020 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|January 31, 2020 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday Party|
|December 31, 2019 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 28, 2019 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 21, 2019 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 20, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 20, 2019 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm||Christmas Party|
|October 20, 2019 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 26, 2019 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm||Product Promotion|
|September 01, 2019 • 3:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 27, 2019 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 12, 2019 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm||House Concert|
|February 26, 2019 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Corporate Event|
|September 22, 2018 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 27, 2018 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 25, 2018–June 28, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|March 22, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Fundraiser|
|February 03, 2018 • 6:30pm - 10:30pm||Birthday Party|
Embraceable You, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Man I Love, As Time Goes By, My Funny Valentine, Misty, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Body and Soul, It's Alright With Me, Cry Me a River, At Last, Mame, It Had to be You, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Lush Life, I could Have Danced All Night, Ain't She Sweet, I'm in the Mood for Love, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Summertime, I've Got a Crush on You, and many more.
Influences & Inspiration
The great classical and jazz pianists of the past and present have been constant sources of inspiration: Rachmaninoff, Horowitz, Earl Wild, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson.
If I am bringing a keyboard, all I would need is a sturdy table to put it on, and an outlet.