Ivan Varchenko

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I am Ivan Varchenko, originally coming from Kazakhstan, but now based in Scotland, UK. I am in the process of completing my Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree on Saxophone and Piano. Received my education in the Purcell School of Music, where I managed to gain a lot of stage-performance and teaching experience. Also, I have worked in my home country as a restaurant musician(sax, piano) and on some various gigs for 4 years. I associate my future career with mostly teaching, performing and composing music. I can offer a high-quality performance on both of the instruments with a diverse choice of repertoire for any event. Also, I’m fluent in three languages- English, Russian and German.

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Ivan's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Calum M
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Thanks so much. A difficult event to play at but Ivan was very professional and played great.

Reply from Ivan
7 months ago

Thank you, was a pleasure to work with you!

From other customers:

Enlik K
4 years ago, for a Recording session in East Finchley
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5 out of 5

Dear Ivan, Thanks for the amazing sax part you provided me and my band with. It was a pleasure to work with you, thanks to your high professionalism:-) Hope to work with you in the future. Regards, Enlik

Rousso K
5 years ago, for a Wedding in Kensington
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5 out of 5

Dear Ivan, Thank you very much for a very soulful performance, it made our day very special. My wife and I wanted to thank you one more time for the improv you did on the piano at the end of your set, it was truly inspiring (my mother was really touched by it). Thanks for everything! All the best, Mr and Mrs Karimov

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Ivan's Song list

I'm not the only one
Careless Whisper
Isn't she lovely
Save your tears
The weeknd
Bad Habits
What a wonder ful world
Someone like you
Without you
Watermelon Sugar
Take my breath away
How deep is your love
All you need is love
Over the rainbow
Autumn Leaves
Basin Street Blues
Bernie's Tune
Billie Boy
Blame It On My Youth
Body And Soul
But Not For Me
Bye, Bye Blackbird
Cry Me a River
Days Of Wine And Roses
Billie´s Bounce
Ain’t Misbehavin’
All Blues
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
Autumn In New York
Blue Moon
Bye Bye Blackbird
Days Of Wine And Roses
Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Fly Me To The Moon
Foggy Day
Georgia On My Mind
Girl From Ipanema
Green Dolphin Street
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Here’s That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
I Got Rhythm
I Can’t Get Started
I Cover The Waterfront
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
I’m Beginning To See The Light
I Want To Talk About You
I’m Beginning To See The Light
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Just Friends
Lady Be Good
Lady Is A Tramp
Love For Sale
Lover Come Back to Me
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack The Knife
Mean To Me
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
Night And Day
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
On A Slow Boat To China
One Note Samba
Out Of Nowhere
Pennies From Heaven
Shadow Of Your Smile
Softly as In A Morning Sunrise
Someone To Watch Over Me
Star Eyes
Stella By Starlight
Stomping At The Savoy
Stormy Weather
Sweet Georgia Brown
Tea for Two
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things
Way You Look Tonight
What Is This Thing Called Love?
When The Saints Go Marching In
You Are My Sunshine
Jazz Standards
Body And Soul
But Beautiful
Chelsea Bridge
Embraceable You
I Can’t Get Started
In A Sentimental Mood
Lush Life
Mood Indigo
My Foolish Heart
Moonlight In Vermont
Sophisticated Lady
When I Fall in Love
When Sunny Gets Blue
Where or When
Willow Weep For Me
Round Midnight
Basin Street Blues
Blue Bossa
Chelsea Bridge
Cotton Tail
Dat Dere
Dolphin Dance
Donna Lee
Giant Steps
Good Bait
I Remember Clifford
In A Mellow Tone
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Jeep Is Jumpin
Jitterbug Waltz
Joy Spring
Just Friends
Killer Joe
Lazy bird
Lester Leaps In
Little Sunflower
Lonely Woman
Lullaby Of Birdland
Maiden Voyage
Meet The Flintstones
Moments Notice
Mercy, Mercy
Moments Notice
Monks Mood
My Little Suede Shoes
Night In Tunisia
Prelude To A Kiss
Robbin’s Nest
Satin Doll
Scrapple From The Apple
Shiny Stockings
Sister Sadie
So What?
Song For My Father
St. Thomas
Stolen Moments
Take Five
Take The A Train
Tune Up
Well You Needn’t
Work Song
Yardbird Suite

Ivan's 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)£125
Up to 1 hour£312.50
Up to 2 hours£437.50
Up to 3 hours£562.50
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.
Wedding Package
Includes unlimited music for the whole day.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Sincerity and the special atmosphere.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Various concert halls (UK) as a soloist, as well as an orchestral musician.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Paul Desmond, Keith Jarret, Bill Evans

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

Wigmore Hall Recital

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

I always try to be flexible about timings, so let me know about any problems and I will do my best to sort it out.

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

Unfortunately, no.

How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes is more than enough for me

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

Of course.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring my saxophone to play acoustically. The only exemption would be piano/keys gigs.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

That is no problem at all.
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Medieval music, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Jazz, Blues, Swing, Avant garde, Easy listening, Light music, Marching, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Soul, Funk rock
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Event types:
Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, 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:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Fluent improviser, Theory teaching, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching, Musicologist, Accompanist
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