Nicole Pesce

 

NICOLE PESCE

Pianist, Entertainer, Composer

Nicole at piano

Nicole Pesce is recognized as one of the “top ten muscians in the Phoenix area” by the Arizona Republic. Her repertoire consists of  songs ranging from Chopin to Lady Gaga. She has memorized over 12,00 songs including Classical, Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, Boogie Woogie, Broadway, Latin, Oldies, Pop, Opera, Spiritual, Country, Rock, Funk and Hip Hop. 

Nicole began playing piano at age 7, and after only six months of lessons, with her father Nicholas Pesce Jr., who is best know for his work with Liberace, she committed over 100 songs to memory and performed publicly for the first time at the Phoenix Country Club’s annual holiday gathering. By age ten, over 500 songs were committed to memory and she won First place in the Discovery Television National Competition. Shortly after, she landed a steady gig at the Phoenician Resort becoming one of the youngest pianists ever to play for high tea. At age 11, Nicole began composing music, and at 14 appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon which aired to over sixty million viewers. An extensive tour of the US with Jerry followed that. And while in Las Vegas Nicole had the pleasure of performing with Debbie Reynolds at her hotel and Casino. Numerous performances followed for celebrities like Rich Little, Buddy Grecko, Pat Boone, Barbara Stanwyck and Nat King Cole’s younger brother Ike Cole.

As a composer, Nicole currently has over 300 songs in her catalog. In 2003, she was asked to write the title track to the compilation CD “Amada.” – dedicated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A few years later, Nicole’s original music was again featured in a documentary film for the Komen foundation presented at the Pink Tie Gala in Tampa, Florida.

Previous engagements include: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, The American Bach Summer Choir concert series, El Pedregal, Sonoma Showcase Festival at Vistancia Village, The Wrigley Mansion, Phoenician Resort, Trinity Cathedral, The Gardens at the Biltmore Fashion Park, Poetry and Music festival at the Shemer Arts Center, The 26th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival, The Sahara Hotel, Desert Inn, Point at South Mountain and The Borgata.