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About Damien Johnson

In demand cocktail pianist based between London and the French Riviera. Previous events include Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix.
Pianist
London
Public liability insurance of £5 million

Damien is one of the most in demand cocktail pianists in Europe. Having studied the piano since an extremely early age, Damien completed a masters degree in Musical Studies in England before touring with several live orchestras throughout Europe. He performed at the O2 Arena (then the Millenium Dome) as a solo pianist during a showcase of his hometown’s creative talents in 2002. The past decade has seen him perform as an integral part of one of France’s finest private event bands, performing all over the world for a range of world class events, including the Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes Film Festival, Paris Fashion Week and red carpet events in London and New York. Damien has performed at some of the most iconic venues in the world with a clientele ranging from renown politicians, A list celebrities to the largest corporations. As a freelance cocktail pianist Damien is available for a wide range of events, from destination weddings, corporate parties, luxury hotels and restaurants. Based between London and the south of France, Damien has easy access to several major airports. His piano sets, often ranging from contemporary versions of classical songs, jazz to soothing classical pieces offer a touch of class to any event.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Contemporary classical, Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Rock, Britpop
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Burns night, Cruise, Theatre / Show, Recording session, Concert, Charity event, Corporate event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Composer, Sound technician
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Song list

Classical :-
Ambre - Nils Frahm
Andante - Mozart
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Verum - Mozart
Canon in D - Pachelbel
Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone
Clair De Lune - Debussy
Dance Of The Hours - Ponchielli
Dawn - Mario Marianelli
Deux Arabesques - Debussy
Fly - Einaudi
Grand Valse - Delibes
Gymnopedie - Satie
Love Theme - Ennio Morricone
I Giorni - Einaudi
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Bach
La Fille Aux Cheveux de Lin - Debussy
Le Onde - Einaudi
Maestro - Hans Zimmer
Mariage D'Amour - Senneville
Minuet in G - Beethoven
Moment Musicaux - Schubert
Nocturne No.1 - Chopin
Odeon - Ernesto Nazareth
Onset - Giles Lamb
Prelude in C - Bach
Preludes - Chopin
River Flows In You - Yiruma
Salut D'Amour- Elgar
Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
To A Wild Rose - MacDowell
Waltz in A - Brahms
Wedding March - Mendehlsson
Jazz :-
All Of Me - Gerald Marks
At Last - Etta James
Autumn Leaves - Jerome Kern
Beyond The Sea - Albert Lasry
Blue Skies - Irving Berlin
Cheek to Cheek - Irving Berlin
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Dos Gardenias - Buena Vista Social Club
Everything - Michael Buble
Feeling Good - Michael Buble
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Girl From Ipanema - Jobim
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
I Thought About You - Jimmy Van Heusen
In A Sentimental Mood - Ellington
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
L.O.V.E - Frank Sinatra
Misty - Erroll Garner
Moondance - Van Morrison
My Favourite Things - Rodgers
Nature Boy - Eden Ahbez
Nearness Of You - Norah Jones
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Pop :-
A Million Dreams - Greatest Showman
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All Of Me - John Legend
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Bob Crewe
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
City Of Stars - La La Land
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Don't Stop The Music - Jamie Cullum
Empire State Of Mind - Alicia Keys
Everything She Does Is Magic - Sting
Glasgow Love Theme - Craig Armstrong
Greatest Day - Take That
Grow Old With Me - Tom Odell
Hello - Adele
Heroes - David Bowie
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
I Do, I Do, I Do - ABBA
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
I'll Never Love Again - Lady Gaga
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Latch - Sam Smith
Layla - Eric Clapton
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
No-one Knows Me Like The Piano - Sampha
New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
No Scrubs - TLC
Ordinary People - John Legend
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey-Rae
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Read All About It - Emeli Sande
Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
Save Room - John Legend
Save Tonight - Eagle Eyed Cherry
Shallow - Lady Gaga
She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Shiver - Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know - Lily Allen
Songbird - Eva Cassidy
Sweet Love - Anita Baker
Symphony - Clean Bandit
Take Me To Church - Hozier
The Book Of Love - Peter Gabriel
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Titanium - Rihanna
This Is Me - Greatest Showman
Toxic - Britney Spears
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Yesterday - The Beatles
You've Got A Friend - Carole King
You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
Your Song - Elton John
Christmas
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Frank Loesser
Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea
First Noel - Trad.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Trad.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Trad.
Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone
Let It Snow - Cahn-Style
Once In Royal David's City - Trad.
Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Eddie Pola
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Johnny Marks
Santa Baby - Phil Springer
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Coots
Silent Night - John Rutter
The Christmas Song - Mel Torme
White Christmas - Irving Berlin
Winter Wonderland - Felix Bernard
Plus many more! Always happy to take requests as well if you're looking for something specific.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

A piano set can provide a soothing and elegant backdrop for events. In particular, it's a hugely popular choice for wedding ceremonies and cocktail receptions. My set features an eclectic mixture of contemporary and classical well known songs for all generations to enjoy.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Emirates Stadium O2 Arena (then Millennium Dome) Royal Albert Hall

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ludovic Einaudi, Claude Debussy, Olafur Arnalds, Michael Nyman, John Williams.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Cannes Film Festival, Marrakech Grand Prix, Monaco Grand Prix, Paris Fashion Week

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

I always try to be as flexible as possible - events can be stressful to plan and I aim to do everything within my power to ensure things run smoothly. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event, this is totally normal and I'm happy to move things around where possible.

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

Yes! In addition to being a full time pianist, I also perform professional DJ sets around the world. I have performed at events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix and can provide a full DJ set with an incredible Bose sound system ideal for events of up to 250 people.

How much time do you need to set up?

For a piano only set, I usually require 1 hour to ensure plenty of time to properly prepare. For additional services such as DJ sets and day time music management, I will require an additional hour's set up time.

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 tune and full working order. Just let me know beforehand so I can fully assess.

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

Of course. For piano sets I perform an eclectic mix of contemporary music and classical covers. Each event is different and I love to tailor sets to fit client's individual requirements.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes - I have a top of the range digital stage keyboard that is perfect for any event. In addition, consider the grand piano shell for that extra wow factor!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, of course. It's always enjoyable to learn new music and this is particularly relevant for wedding ceremonies to ensure the bride and groom are accompanied by their favourite requests.

Prices

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)£175
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400

Add-ons

Ambient uplighting
+£150
Baby Grand Piano perspex shell
+£150
DJ Sound System
+£200
Entire Day Management
+£200
DJ set
+£600

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George B, 8 months ago

Thank you so much for being part of our wedding celebrations in Norwich last year Damien. Your playing was wonderful and so very much appreciated. You are lovely to deal with and were a huge part of the day.

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Sara R, 8 months ago

Well Damien what can we say that hasn't already been said! You were wonderful to work with, from the very first email to the last song of the night. You're a fantastically versatile musician. Your piano playing is incredible and thank you so much for your help with the sound equipment afterwards. You're a credit to your profession and we're delighted you were available to be there on our wedding day. Thanks again. X

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