Reviews / Testimonials
Fred arrived ahead of time (but not too early) and helped welcome our guests aboard as our event began. He is very talented and pleasant to work with. We would definitely hire him again!
~ Julie B, Stillwater, MN 8-22-21
Excellent! Fred was very easy to work with.
~ David B, Lakeville, MN 6-26-21
Great energy! Wonderful selection of music. Everyone loved him and immediately requested him back.
~ Megan F, Maplewood, MN 3-9-21
Fred played the piano for my wedding ceremony this past August 2020. He is extremely talented - he can play almost any song you name from memory. You can tell he has a tremendous amount of experience. The ceremony music ran incredibly smoothly and after only meeting with him once! Fred is very pleasant and easy to work with. Would highly recommend to anyone!
~ Anne V, St. Paul, MN, 8-15-20
Fred was such a key part of our celebration. Working with him was seamless. I would recommend Fred to anyone!
~ Lindsay M, Minnetonka Beach, MN 7-17-20
Fred was very professional and was easy to get in contact with. The music was so lovely, calming and meaningful, I will never forget it. We did a butterfly release and the piano accompaniment was so beautiful. Fred sat down with me and we put together when he would play and when we would speak, it just went seamless. He was very flexible and friendly. What an accomplished musician, made our Memorial Outdoor Event so meaningful!
~ Angela O, Saint Paul, MN 6-6-20
We have hired Mr. Yacono for the past five years because he is simply the best pianist and most delightful man to work with. Why would you care to have anyone else when you can have him!? As always, a real pleasure to have him accompany our event with divine arrangements and a refined taste in melodies. 5 star. Thank you Mr. Yacono - see you soon!
~ Sara H, Saint Paul, MN 2-21-20
Wonderful! Our experience with Fred went beyond our expectations! His artistry is exceptional! We couldn’t be more pleased! Well done!
~ Jane B, Arden Hills, MN 12-15-19
What an incredible evening we had with Fred playing at our event. It was so easy to work through the booking process. Fred was thorough and even came by our space before event day to ensure he would be set up to be successful. The evening he played just really set the tone for the event. I would highly recommend Fred for any occasion!
~ Courtney N, Minnetonka, MN 12-5-19
Wonderful experience working with Fred! He was the perfect addition to our wedding ceremony. Fred was very professional to work with and did an amazing job playing for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Thank you so much for making our day even more memorable. We highly recommend!
~ Amanda H, Minneapolis, MN 10-4-19
Fred was wonderful to work with. Very attentive and accommodating. His communication made the whole process so simple. A great addition to our private dinner event.
~ Ali Q, Stillwater, MN 9-12-19
We hired Fred to play for our ceremony and cocktail hour and couldn't be happier. He is a fantastic musician with a large repertoire of music, and made the entire process easy. From meeting with him to select our ceremony music, to trusting his knowledge and expertise to 'feel the crowd' at the cocktail hour, we can't speak highly enough of Fred. a consummate professional. I will recommend Fred to other family and friends looking for a pianist.
~ Josh O, Minneapolis, MN 6-8-19
Fred did a wonderful job and provided outstanding music. He showed up early, was prepared to provide exactly the music we asked him to provide and he has a pleasant demeanor. I highly recommend Fred.
~ Rita D, Chaska, MN 4-6-19
Fred played for our Company Holiday Party and was absolutely fantastic. We had a few last minute changes to our schedule with our owner wanting to make a speech, and Fred was very accommodating to that with his playing. His song choices were perfect for our cocktail and dinner hours and our guests loved it! Would recommend Fred for any event!!
~ Claire G, Bloomington, MN 2-2-19
What a delightful experience to work with Fred Yacono and even more so a treat for our guests to enjoy his musical talents during the holiday season. Fred Yacono is the epitome of a top notch professional, a perfect gentleman and tremendously remarkable pianist.
~ Michelle W, Welch, MN 11-30-18
Fred is a delight, a true professional and added so much to our event. We are grateful for his time and talent!
~ Lizzie R, White Bear Lake, MN 8-18-18
Mr Yacono, your contribution to my mother's memorial service today was absolutely fantastic I'm so glad you were able to participate!! Many thanks!!
~ Dave F, Bloomington, MN 8-18-18
Fred and Theresa are simply wonderful! I contacted them on short notice, and had our entertainment booked within hours. They arrived early, were flexible with our arrangements, and Fred played beautifully for the duration of our event. The unexpected detail of music at our office party is what really made our event memorable. Such personable people. I’m glad that you were able to join us!
~ Alli M, Minneapolis, MN 7-19-18
Fred Yacono made our wedding absolutely fabulous. He was easy to work with and played the songs that we liked. We were able to meet with him prior to the wedding, and he came to the rehearsal to make sure everything was perfect. We would highly recommend Fred to our friends, or anyone in need of a wonderful pianist. Thank you, Fred, from the bottom of our hearts.
~ Ellie and Duane, Bloomington, 7-13-18
We really can't say enough about how wonderful our experience was having Fred Yacono play music for our wedding ceremony. He was inviting, self-assured, and accommodating throughout the planning and music selection process. He can essentially take any song with a melody and turn it into a beautiful piece of piano music. The emotion and drama he infuses his playing with really takes it to the next level. It was my dream to walk down the aisle to Clair de Lune, and Fred's skilled hands made that dream come true. Fred is also very affordable for the quality of his playing and service. Fred made everything so easy and he plays absolutely beautifully. Many people commented on the music and it was an absolute highlight for us. Highly recommend Fred!
~ Samantha and Adam 6-2-18 (Also posted on The Knot and Wedding Wire)
Fred was a hit at our wedding party. My husband and I wanted to have a pianist for our small wedding, so we googled pianists near us. After reviewing Fred's site and looking up past events on Youtube, we called Fred and made an appointment. We met with him to review many different pieces. Fred provided great suggestions and helped us create a perfect list for our event. We are grateful to have had Fred and his wife be a part of our big day. They are the most friendly and accommodating people we've worked with. It was a delight, and we'll definitely reach out to Fred again if we ever need a pianist.
~ Elisabeth Huang, Lake Elmo, MN 5-12-18
Fred, thank you SO much for playing for our event! You really set the stage and have had rave reviews! Yes, I will absolutely post our comments on your site. Again, thank you for your assistance in making our Grand Opening that will be remembered!
~ Christina Schaben, LSI Inc., 5-3-18
Fred did a great job and was very accommodating to my changes!! Highly recommend.
~ Corrine M, Saint Paul, MN 3-31-18
Fred was an absolute professional! We hired him for multiple holiday performances and he was loved by guests and employees alike. He was quick to answer any questions, provided input on music selection, and really took control of the lobby with his music. He will be back on property more often for sure. If you need a piano for an upcoming event, I 100% recommend Fred Yacono and you'll see why!
~ Thomas L. Welch, MN 12-24-17
Fred was amazing! I hired him for my wedding and for my small wedding reception afterward. Piano music is very important to my husband and I. We were blown away by Fred's talent and professionalism. My wedding went off perfectly with all of our favorite classical selections. He also recommended piano during the reading and the reception which really enhanced the romantic air for our day. Thank you, Fred, for all you did to make my wedding day perfect!
~Deborah L. Long Lake, MN 12-29-17
Fred did an amazing job with Holiday music for a nursing home party. He played a variety of music and the residents loved him. I have had him come and play at other events at the nursing home before. Top Notch!
~Kjersten B, Bloomington, MN 12-22-17
This is the 2nd year we have used Fred for our Tenant Holiday Breakfast for our tower. Fred is very professional and plays a wonderful selection of holiday music that adds holiday cheer to the event. Thank You Fred - As Always GREAT JOB!!
~Liz H, Minneapolis, MN 12-14-17
Fred was always professional and courteous in all communications and in-person, and he was very flexible in playing the music that our daughter was looking for. The piano music that Fred played created the perfect welcoming atmosphere as our guests entered the reception area. I highly recommend Fred, and his repertoire of hundreds of songs (almost 700 listed on his site, and he can play many more) is incredible. Thanks Fred!
~Keith VSP, Wayzata, MN 10-28-17
Fred was an absolute dream to work with! He took us on somewhat last minute when we lost our wedding pianist. He was flexible, knowledgeable, and accommodating though the planning stages and even added a song when we requested at the last minute! He did an amazing job and we got compliments on our ceremony music all night. Thanks, Fred! You are a true talent!
~Jane M., Saint Paul, MN 10-21-17
We used Fred with Pianist for Events for our recent wedding and cocktail hour, and we could not be happier with his work! He was so easy to work with from beginning to end. He was friendly, responsive, accommodating, and his talent was absolutely incredible!! He even worked hard to fulfill our request to have a male vocalist. He made the process of choosing music so easy and seamless for us, and he did an absolutely beautiful job performing. Fred was such a joy to work with, and I would highly recommend him for any event!
~Erin H, Saint Paul, MN 9-2-17
Fred did a wonderful job playing at our event. He was very professional and easy to work with. We will be using him again in the near future!
~Andrea L, Saint Paul, MN 9-8-17
Absolutely fantastic! Fred played the whole 3 hours with no break. I would hire him for my next event.
~ Cathy B, Lakeville, MN 8-5-17
Fred was great, especially since I had to plan everything in Alaska. He listened to what I wanted and provided many recommendations for songs to be played during the ceremony which was really helpful.
~ Hilary P, River Falls, WI 6-24-17
Fred added so much to our wedding day! He is very talented, professional, and easy to work with. We hired Fred to play for our
wedding ceremony as well as for our brunch reception. He had many great ideas for our wedding ceremony that made it truly sparkle. From the start, his experience and professionalism were evident. We knew we could trust him. He was also great at coordinating with the other professionals involved in our wedding day (site coordinator, pastor, etc). He also accompanied our vocalist beautifully. Our guests were impressed and had a great time. Overall, Fred went above and beyond what we expected. We would recommend him to anyone!
~ Darcy and Jim, Chanhassen, MN 6-18-17
Fred is an amazing pianist and did a phenomenal job at our wedding. I have nothing but great things to say about him. I highly recommend Fred to anyone needing a pianist for their event.
∼ Jeremy S, Minneapolis, MN, 3-4-17
Fred was well-prepared, came with a playlist, followed requests and was very talented! I recceived many compliments on his performance at our corporate event!.
~ Samantha S, Bloomington, MN, 4-11-17
Fred did a great job overall with the ceremony. He was super easy to contact and was very well organized. Our ceremony music was perfect and he played beautifully. We got many compliments on it from friends and family. 10/10 would recommend!!!!!
∼ Zach K, Saint Paul, MN 12-17-16
Fred Yacono was a pleasure to work with - very accommodating with our corporate event.
∼ Liz H, Minneapolis, MN 12-15-16
We really enjoyed having Fred play at our office Holiday party. It added an extra element to this festive time of year. We would use Fred again.
∼ Amy D, Saint Paul, MN 12-17-16
Mr. Yacono was outstanding! He provided the music for my brother’s memorial service and I greatly appreciated his professionalism during such a difficult time. He was extremely accessible, organized, and lovely to work with. He is very talented and the music was beautiful.
∼ Maria W, Saint Paul, MN, 11-18-16
I have had Fred play for quite a few events. He is always on time, plays beautifully, handles requests well and is very friendly. Always nice to have him at my events. I highly recommend him!
∼ Andrea M, Minnetonka, MN 11-9-16
Fred was a class act and a great musician! His performance at my wedding reception was wonderful, he was very fun, caring and professional throughout the whole evening, and was so easy to work with during the planning phase. He helped make the Saint Paul College Club feel even more grand through his beautiful piano music and extensive repertoire. I can't recommend him enough!
∼ Nicky K, St.Paul, MN 11-6-16
Fred was great from the beginning to end! He took the time to meet with us to learn exactly what we wanted for our wedding music, reached out to our wedding planner, pastor, and other vendors to assure they were on the same page, and provided the speakers and sound system for his pianos. He even had a second set to use for our cocktail hour so he didn't have to break down and set up again. He went above and beyond by providing a way to play a special processional song we needed done via CD. We were very pleased with Fred and would be happy to recommend him!
∼ Elizabeth H, Cottage Grove, MN 10-9-16
Fred provided the most beautiful music for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. It is so easy and fun to work with Fred because of his exceptional talent and wonderful personality. At our first meeting, Fred listened to our somewhat vague ideas of music that we like, and almost immediately Fred started playing music pieces that perfectly captured what we had envisioned. Hiring Fred is absolutely one of the best decisions that we made in this wedding planning process. Many of our guests commented on how Fred's music had added an extra dimension of beauty and grace to our ceremony. Thank you Fred for making our wedding so beautiful and moving.
∼ Carmen L, Plymouth, MN 9-17-16
Wow...such an amazing talented pianist. He was wonderful, talented, organized, efficient and so pleasant to deal with. We feel like we have met a new friend!! I cannot imagine that you would ever be disappointed with hiring the amazing gentleman....just the best!!
∼ Ann and Phil A, Lanesboro, MN 9-8-16
Fred did a marvelous job and my parents were delighted with his music and song selections!
∼ Nancy B, Anoka, MN 7-23-16
Mr. Yacono was a delight for my Father in law's 90th birthday picnic. Mr. Yacono is extremely talented, and played from the era we had requested. My beloved Father in law has many challenges, he cannot see, and has difficulty talking. But Fred's music touched his heart. My Father in law clapped along to the beat, smiled, and even sang! As my Father in law was leaving the party, he became overwhelmed with emotion. He is often unable to speak, so he pointed to the piano with tears in his eyes and burst into laughter saying "music!" The piano was from my Father in law's home, and Mr. Fred Yacono played it as never before. His piano playing was the greatest gift.
∼ Pamela L, Rosemount MN, 7-10-16
I came across Fred, when I was looking for someone to play at church wedding service. I found Fred at The Knot website. I then followed his website and noticed he has played in so many events. I called Fred and talk to him. He was very polite on the phone. I made an appointment to meet him. The first time I met him and his wife they all seemed like family to me. He is exceptional and very professional. He attended my rehearsals. He exceeded our expectation. He does his job with passion. I will not hesitate to hire him again.
∼ Victorine N, Saint Paul, MN 7-9-16
Fred is a professional! He is very friendly and great at what he does. As a music teacher, I was a picky customer for my wedding. I asked for some music he had never heard of but never once did he try to make me change my choices. He played everything beautifully. He went above and beyond to make sure my day went smoothly and was always on top of speaking with our officiant and anybody else necessary to make our day wonderful!
∼ Michelle F. Rochester, MN 7-2-16
We contacted Fred almost last minute for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour music. He was more than willing to play for us, quick to answer emails, and made sure the music he played was what we wanted to hear. Fred is very professional. He was in and out without me (the bride) barely noticing, but I would have loved to say thanks! I would recommend him.
∼ Phuong T, Sartell, MN 7-1-16
Fred is the man!! Elegant and professional.
∼ Steve S, Minneapolis, MN 6-18-16
Fred was on time, personable and professional. Very gifted musician!
∼ Ida T, Stillwater, MN 5-14-16
Fantastic! Fabulous entertainer! Can't wait to host another event and hear you on the piano again. Great positive feedback from the 200 attendees at our event. Thank you for being so accommodating to all the event needs as well.
∼ Event planner, Aroona Events, Aruna V, Eden Prairie, MN 4-30-16
Fred was amazing in all aspects. He arrived early and started playing as residents were still arriving. He came dressed in attire appropriate for the event, and he was both pleasant and extremely talented. We will definitely ask Fred to come back for another performance. Thank you Fred!
∼ Chris D, Edina, MN, 2-14-16
Fred was the consummate professional in every sense for a combination birthday/neighborhood party! He delighted the guests, playing instrumental versions jazz standards on a spinet piano. He didn’t need sheet music, so he was able to be more “present” as an entertainer. It was a perfect balance between energizing the party, but not competing with the volume level of conversation. A great experience!
∼ Jim B, Saint Paul, MN 1-16-16
Fred was a joy to work with! We are so glad he was a part of our wedding day. At our initial consult, we selected the playlist for our ceremony. He knew every song we inquired about, with no hesitation! He was very accommodating and offered to be present for our rehearsal since we did not have a coordinator. Fred was friendly, personable, and open to all of our ideas. On the wedding day, his piano music brought tears to many eyes; absolutely beautiful! We invited Fred to stay for dinner because he felt like a friend to my husband and I. We have already recommended him and will continue to recommend him to others. Excellent! 5 stars! Thank you Fred!
∼ Jane D, Minnetonka, MN 12-19-15
Fred is always very pleasant and easy to work with. I don't know if he had any requests this year but I know he did last year and he played them beautifully. He is top on my list for a piano player for our parties!
∼ Andrea M, Minnetonka, MN 12-11-15
I wish I could insert a photo in this review! Fred was gracious, elegant and fun, for a casual evening at our Opening Reception for our annual Association meeting. Thank you Fred.
∼ Nicole C, Bloomington, MN 9-20-15