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Pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger Nicole Pesce entertains audiences with her unique blend of virtuosity, humor, and pizzazz. Pesce’s YouTube “Happy Birthday Variations” video currently has over three million views.
Arizona Foothills Magazine honored her with the “Best of 2014 Award” for Best Local Band/Musician. With a repertoire consisting of over twelve thousand memorized songs, Pesce is often dubbed “the human iPod” by Phoenix Magazine and is recognized as one of the “top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix” by the Arizona Republic.
Pesce has performed for Muhammad Ali, George Benson, Ricky Martin, George Bush, Sr., Waylon Jennings, Taylor Hicks, Janet Napolitano, Shaquille O’Neal, Jimmy Carter, Chris Rock, Steve Nash, the Gypsy Kings, Verne Troyer, and Brian Setzer. She has appeared with American Idol contestant David Hernandez, the Moscow Ballet, Zowie Bowie, and the cast of Mary Poppins, Young Frankenstein, Mamma Mia, and White Christmas.
At the age of seven, Pesce began playing piano and quickly committed over one hundred songs to memory. By age ten, she had over five hundred songs memorized and she won first place in the Discovery National Television Competition. At age eleven, she began composing music; by fourteen, she appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, which aired to over sixty million viewers, followed by an extensive U.S. tour. During a yearlong residency in Las Vegas, Pesce had the pleasure of performing on stage with Debbie Reynolds at the Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino. Numerous performances followed for Rich Little, Buddy Greco, Pat Boone, Lew King, and Barbara Stanwyck.
As a composer with a catalog of over three hundred songs, Pesce was commissioned to write the title track to the compilation album Amada, dedicated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Following the album’s release, Pesce’s original music was featured in a documentary film for the Komen Foundation presented at the Pink Tie Ball in Tampa, Florida.
Jaw-dropping . . . a dazzling piano genius
She’s like a human iPod.