Emile Pandolfi

The Performance

For audiences who adore familiar, well-loved classics and standards of the American Popular Songbook, there are few musical experiences that surpass ‘An Evening with Emile Pandolfi.’ It’s Piano. Passion. Emotion. Entertainment. It’s hearing familiar songs as though you are experiencing them for the very first time. It’s bewitching arrangements of beautiful ballads. Rich and sumptuous medleys of musical memories. For most, the sounds are treasured references and markers that line pathways of our collective lives.

“Your music transported us through space and time. Each note spoke to our memories, to our souls…everyone is still raving about you.” Sandra G. in NC

“With each note, it is apparent that you march to a different drum than any other pianist… You have changed and affected my life in a most indescribable way. For all this, I thank you! Judy T. in MA

“I have been to many concerts in my lifetime. I must tell you that your performance was one of the most enjoyable I have ever seen. We have been listening to your music for years but your blend of music and comedy was really special. Tickle those ivories in good health for years to come.” Jim V. in AL

With total sales exceeding three million of his 30+ recordings of the past 25 years, the music of Emile Pandolfi has become a joy-filled soundtrack for persons around the world. Whether he’s at a piano on the magnificent five-masted, 42-sail Royal Clipper as it glides along the Amalfi Coast, performing his annual Valentine’s Day benefit in his hometown of Greenville, SC or sharing holiday seasonal favorites on a stage filled with twinkling trees in FL -– the music dissolves all boundaries. A mainstay of performing arts series across the country, Emile Pandolfi and his radiant vocalist Dana Russell create a relaxed, inviting “living room” where admiration and shared experience between artist and audience is rarely equaled.

Sample year-round performance favorites & holiday concert classics

  • My Funny Valentine
  • Starry Starry Night
  • When I Fall in Love
  • I Could Have Danced All Night
  • Moon River
  • Charade
  • I’ll Be Seeing You
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Nessun Dorma
  • Bring Him Home
  • You Are So Beautiful
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Mary Did You Know
  • Let It Snow
  • We Need a Little Christmas
  • Silent Night
  • Sleigh Ride
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside
  • What Child Is This
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Joy to the World
  • White Christmas

An Evening with Emile Pandolfi, at any time of year, is a guaranteed 88 keys of total joy.

In a Word…

“Whether knocking out popular movie themes or masterworks of the great 19th century composers, pianist Emile Pandolfi has an amazing command of the instrument...(Pandolfi) will wow you with his tireless energy and musicianship.” - Peter Manzi - Sounds from the Ground Up

“Emile Pandolfi is easy on the ears – and the funny bone. He’s built a career out of mixing his classical training with Broadway and pop. Some of his comic bits between songs focus on ‘underscoring life’ – music that should accompany real life’s awkward moments, such as ominous strains that should warn husbands when their wives ask, ‘Does this dress make me look fat?’...” - Ocala (FL) Star Banner

“...sensitivity and delicious abandon...a consummate entertainer.” - News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

“...goes to the music’s very soul.” - Stereophile Magazine

A Presenter's Point of View

“We've had pianists from all over and none, nobody, even came close to making that piano produce what Emile did. No contest. And this is what everybody is saying.”
Pete Berry, USC Union Auditorium, Union, SC

When presenters ask advice on the "surest bet" for their series, there's not a moment's hesitation in my replying "Emile Pandolfi." I've never seen an artist's performance history so filled with repeat engagements — not just once or twice every few years — but up to six or seven repeat visits to a single venue. Audiences devour Emile's music. His fan base is well-networked, so don't be surprised at the distances folks travel to hear him. Lobby CD sales set records, and you'll personally look back on his performance as truly one of your most gratifying events in years. Some people you just can't make mean. Emile Pandolfi makes your whole building feel good.

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