Classically-trained touring keyboardist and music director has worked with Troye Sivan, Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Rita Ora, and Daya among others. Music director for Malia Civetz, WENS, and mxmtoon with experience building Ableton show files and sound design. Sequential (Dave Smith) and Nord Artist.
I will bring my onstage energy and experience directly to your recording project; whether you need a soft, classical-style interlude, a moody synthscape, or a bright, banging pop keys part. I prioritize quality, organization, and joy in all my work!
I studied classical music for 12 years prior to attending USC Thornton's Popular Music Program, where I was mentored by Patrice Rushen and honed in on the pop side of my craft. In my professional career I regularly perform on tours around the world, work with top-tier music directors, and perform on TV and award shows (SNL, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Billboard Music Awards and more). As a music director, I assemble bands, create Ableton show files, and work closely with artists to achieve their ultimate performance. I also design my artists' show intros and show transition moments in addition to their live arrangements.
***During this COVID-era madness, I have had experience with and can remotely help you create a virtual performance by putting together a band, building an Ableton show file, mixing audio, and editing a final video. Contact me for specifics, examples, and pricing.***
- My home studio Yamaha Baby Grand Piano has such versatility in tone and can seamlessly integrate into any genre.
- Sequential OB-6: I am a Sequential (Dave Smith) artist and have experience with several of their synths.
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5 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Karina DePiano
takes everything to another level always goes the extra mile and super talented!!
Karina is very talented on the keys, and I was very impressed with her work. She is someone I will definitely be going back to again.
She is my go to key player for a reason! She is a BEAST!!!
Whatever I send her she fixes and makes 10x better everytime she's debest!!!
Super talented really added the groovy feel good vibe my track it needed easy to communicate with and fast turnaround you can't ask for more!
Interview with Karina DePiano
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: For the 2018-19 Troye Sivan Bloom Tour, I was asked to compose a classical piano-inspired solo ahead of Troye's masterfully nostalgic and somber song "Postcard." It was the first time I was able to meld my two top genres together for a live audience, and to have performed it across the globe holds a special place in my heart.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Kaytranada, Ariana Grande, Oscar Görres, Alex Hope, RKCB
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Glittering pop energy with a classical piano touch.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a professionally-built and treated home studio featuring a baby grand piano and a full keys rack with modern and vintage synths.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I play keys/piano and put live shows/tours together for artists as their music director.