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About Cornel

Cornel is a professional, five star hotel pianist who has performed for the likes of Sir Elton John, Nicole Kidman and the Versace family
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He has recently collaborated with the amazing VANESSA WILLIAMS - Hollywood actress & Grammy Award-winning singer & former Miss America - accompanying her singing for the "2017 Special Olympics" event! He has played professionally at venues as eminent as Caffé Florian - the oldest Caffé in Europe opened in 1720, Saint Mark's Square, Venice, where he was house pianist for three years, Gran Caffe Chioggia and Gran Caffe Quadri, in Venice. He has also played on the legendary train The Orient Express Venice-Simplon, travelling Europe, as well as Hotel Danieli, Venice, Cipriani Hotel, Gritti Palace and many more. He played in London at The Savoy, Claridge's, the Hilton Park Lane, the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel, Le Merridien Piccadilly, and many more. His work has taken him to Vienna, Paris, Rome, Basel, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, etc. and he played for guests as eminent as : Sir Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Pierce Brosnan , Al Bano, Nick Nolte , Oasis Band, Roman Abramovich, Quincy Jones , Akon, Nick Rhodes(Duran Duran) , Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Jacques Chirac, and many others. His band was also hired by the Versace family to play at a wedding and Cornel has also played at Saudi businessman billionaire Sheikh Walid Juffali's wedding in Venice.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
Lightning fast responses
4th Encoreversary
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Booked for 10 Encore gigs!
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Power rock, Progressive rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Balkan, Bavarian oompah, Bollywood, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Choro, Cuban music, Cumbia, Flamenco, French music, German music, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Klezmer, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polish music, Polka, Polynesian music, Reggae, Russian music, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent improviser, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Accompanist
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue closes, I can provide this for an additional £200.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually arrive 1 hr before the event and set up ad do the sound check in 30 min.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best for you and your guests. However, I am definitely happy to chat through and make sure I find what works for your event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own keyboard or for an elegant look, at only £100, I can also provide a White or a Black Portable Piano Shell, to look like a real piano.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn, I am happy to do this for you.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£300
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
All Day Pianist & DJ
This includes Piano playing for the Ceremony, Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast. And Party DJ for the evening disco, with all the music from the 50s till the latests Charts. Add ons: Ibiza Sax, Electric Violinist, Congas/Bongos player, Including DJ booth, pro equipment, lighting, etc.


Baby Grand Piano perspex shell
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Andrew T, 1 year ago

Cornel was fantastic. Created a lovely atmosphere for my wife’s 50th. Thanks so much!!

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Kyley, 1 year ago

Cornell was amazing!! An absolute pleasure from our first enquiry through to his outstanding performance. I cant thank Cornell enough and would highly recommend him to everyone. I will definately use him again!! Thanks Kyley and Gary

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Kavitha S, 1 year ago

Very good and a lovely person

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, 2 years ago

Excellent pianist! Very professional, helpful and we couldn’t have asked for a better musician at our wedding.

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Lara B, 1 year ago

Cornel did a great job at our wedding. He played exactly the styles we had requested. He engaged with our guests and it did not just feel like a 'job' for him. We were very happy indeed.

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Kavitha S, 1 year ago

Very good and a lovely person

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From other musicians:

22nd May 2018

Cornel is one of the most versatile pianist in the UK. Very talented and professional. I highly recommend him for any kind of event. He looks very stylish with his special white piano!