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Danielle Booysen

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Pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, & tutor, living in London. BA in Jazz. Has played 1000s of professional gigs around the world.
Singing pianist

Early Years: I’ve been smacking the ivories since the age of 3, started formal classical training at 8, and obtained my Royal Schools piano grade 8 in my final school year, repeatedly securing the academic prize for music (and English). Tertiary Education Summary: 2002: Completed my first year Diploma in Youth Counseling & Theology, and went on a tour to Houston, Texas with my band. 2003-2004: Jazz studies at SCC. Top achiever each year. 2005-2007: Jazz and Popular Music at Tshwane University of Technology. Received SAMRO Bursary for academic excellence in 2006. 2008-2009: Transferred credits to UKZN to further studies and strengthen qualification. 2014: Returned to UKZN after 4 years’ successful gigs in Dubai to complete final semester of BPrac Mus. Gigs, South Africa, 2005 - 2009: Played in numerous bands since 2005. Represented TUT at the Soweto Jazz Festival in 2007 with funk band, winning a recording contract + national battle-of-the-bands. Shared the stage with Abdullah Ibrahim and Sibongile Khumalo for Handel’s Messiah in 2004. Appeared on Go-Zone TV and Morning Live. Had a jazz line-up for corporate functions which performed for the South African president. Was keyboardist and keytar-player for Heels Over Head who won the national Yamaha Young Talent Competition and was nominated for multiple SAMA awards. Hotel Gigs and Residencies, UAE, 2010 - 2014: Performed 1000s of professional live shows, as solo artist and/or musical director on piano/keys & vocals, in scores of 4 & 5-star venues. Some include: The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina [3 years] Bonnington Hotel, JLT, Dubai [3 years] Blue Bar at Novotel DWTC, Dubai [18 months] Amwaj Rotana, Dubai [1 year] Kempinski Hotel, MOE, Dubai [6 months] Capital Club Dubai [6 months] Movenpick Hotel, Palm Jumeirah Dubai [6 months] Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah Dubai [6 months] Marco Pierre White Grill at The Conrad Hotel, Dubai [6 months] McGettigan’s SZR, Dubai [6 months] Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Dubai [3 months] Gramercy at DIFC Dubai [3 months] Sheraton Dubai Marina [3 months] South Africa, 2014 - 2016: The Elangeni Hotel, Durban [3 years] Silversea, 2017: Silver Spirit, Jun - Oct [4 months]

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Folk rock, Swing, Jazz, Acoustic, Americana, Pop, Covers, Top 40, Indie, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Transcription, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Theory teaching, Instrumental teaching
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From customers:

Moss C, 4 years ago

Danielle is an excellent pianist and vocalist, and is a superb solo performer of the highest standard. Her repertoire of standards and modern music is perfect for our cruise ship guests, and for various special events on board. Many of the songs in her repertoire are performed with her own arrangements which make them interesting to hear, and create a unique identity. Danielle always projects an elegant and sophisticated image whenever she is performing, and maintains a smart appearance when off-duty. I have been very pleased with every aspect of Danielle’s performance, behaviour, reliability and guest ratings. She has been a valuable member of my entertainment team. I highly recommend Danielle and I look forward to the possibility of welcoming her back on board one of our ships when her schedule permits.

Guest C, 4 years ago

Danielle Booysen is an AMAZING musician!

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