Chris Cooley - Pianist / Keyboardist - New York City, New York

Chris Cooley

Pianist / Keyboardist

(5 Reviews)5.0
Also Performs As: Christmas Entertainer, Wedding Musician
Country: United States
Based In: New York City, New York
Performs: Worldwide
From: $150
With a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, I'm a versatile classical pianist who plays in other genres as well. I was a freelance pianist, accompanist, cocktail pianist, arranger, and music director in New York City for over 20 years.
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Cocktail Pianist: Chris Cooley can add a classy live-music touch to your restaurant, party, or event. With a seamless mix of light classical, jazz, and song standards played from memory, let Chris set just the right elegant ambiance at your next event. He has played at the elegant One If By Land restaurant, the Surrey Hotel, and numerous private parties in New York City and beyond.
Wedding Pianist: A versatile, classically trained pianist, Chris has decades of experience playing Catholic, protestant, and secular weddings. He has served as Music Director/Organist/Pianist at St. Matthews ...


Cocktail set list (I play these from memory)
Ain't Misbehavin'
Almost Like Being in Love
Autumn Serenade
Blue Skies
Cheek to Cheek
Cockeyed Optimist
Embraceable You
Falling in Love with Love
Fly Me to the Moon
42nd Street
Give Me the Simple Life
Girl from Ipanema
Happy Days are Here Again
Harbor Lights
Heather on the Hill
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Have Dreamed
If Ever I Would Leave You
It Had to Be You
It Might as Well be Spring
It Never Entered my Mind
It's De-Lovely
Look for the Silver Lining
Lullaby of Broadway
Make Believe
Mambo Italiano
Manhat ...


Pianist Christopher Cooley has concertized with various instrumental and vocal soloists in five continents, as well as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a soloist, he has played with the University of Texas Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York. As a collaborative pianist, he has served on the staff of numerous summer opera festivals in Italy, Germany, and Austria, as well as the Castleton Festival in Virginia, the Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists in L.A., and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival. Since 2006, Mr. Cooley has c ...

Reviews     (5 Reviews)

Chris Cooley - Pianist / Keyboardist - New York City, New York Event Location: New York, NY Event Type: Anniversary party 23rd December 2017
Our friends and family members thought the music was a wonderful addition to our anniversary party. Chris played beautifully and the selections he played were perfect for the occasion.
Reviewed by: Bernie S.
Chris Cooley - Pianist / Keyboardist - New York City, New York Event Location: New York City Event Type: Private Party 19th October 2019
Chris was the dream choice for a crowded book party celebrating the biography of Elaine Stritch! He was familiar with her work, which really gave me confidence, and listened to my suggestions for songs, but also added his own expertise about what might work at such an event. Everyone loved his playing, which lent exactly the right mood. I was very nervous about the party and his professionalism and humor instantly put me at ease. He was prompt, polite, and just perfect. Would hire again in a heartbeat.
Reviewed by: Alexandra J.
Chris Cooley - Pianist / Keyboardist - New York City, New York Event Location: Greenwich, CT Event Type: Private Party 20th October 2018
Chris was the consummate professional! He arrived early, dressed impeccably. His piano playing provided the perfect backdrop for our event. His piano skills are outstanding, his repertoire varied. He was a pleasure to work with. I will definitely book Chris again for future events!
Reviewed by: Debbie K.

Suitable for

Anniversary Party Bar / Bat Mitzvah Birthday Party (Adult) Charity / Fundraising Event Christmas Party Cocktail Party / Drinks Reception Concerts / Tours Cruise Ships Dinner Party Engagement Party Funeral/Memorial Service Hotel Event New Year's Eve Party Nursing / Care Home Event Private Party Restaurant / Bar / Pub Event Retirement Party Theaters / Stage Wedding Ceremony Wedding Cocktail/Drinks Reception Wedding Reception

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