Rick Bertone
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Rick Bertone

Rick B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a Broadway musical director and pianist with over 15 years of experience, looking to start teaching piano. When I was young and first learning piano, I practiced a lot more when I was interested in and excited about the material I was being given. My goal is to meet you where you are and get you where you want to go, keeping you engaged every step of the way.

Are you brand new and learning to read music for the first time? Are you more advanced and looking to push yourself with new material and professional feedback? Maybe you always wanted to know what those chord symbols mean? Are you looking to accompany yourself when you sing? Is there a song you've loved for years and wanted to be able to play? I'm happy to focus on all aspects of music, from theory and technique, to performance and professionalism.

I am open to all ages and backgrounds. I suggest starting with a consultation to assess your current skill set and goals, and if we gel we can proceed forward.

About Rick B.

I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. I started playing piano in the 2nd grade. I went to NYU where I earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance. The bulk of my career has been spent working on Broadway shows, either in NYC or on tour. I have worked as a pianist, music director/conductor, audition accompanist, and vocal coach.

Favorite Broadway credits include: The Band's Visit, Avenue Q, Wicked, Chicago, Next To Normal, Mamma Mia!, Spamalot and, as soon as the pandemic is over, Hamilton!

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Experience

Music Associate
Feb 2020 - Present

Hamilton-LA

I am essentially an "understudy" in the band, ready to cover the conductor, 2nd keyboard and rehearsal piano.

Music Director
May 2019 - Feb 2020

The Band's Visit

Music director and conductor for the national tour of the Tony award winning The Band's Visit.

Music Director
Jun 2012 - Jun 2017

Avenue Q

Music director and conductor for 5 years of Avenue Q's run Off-Broadway.

Education

Bachelor of Music-Piano Performance
Sep 1997 - May 2001

NYU

Affiliations

Associated Musicians of Greater New York - Local 802
Oct 2003
The Associated Musicians of Greater New York, American Federation of Musicians Local 802, is one of the largest local unions of professional musicians in the world. They unite to fight for the common interests of all musicians by advancing industry standards that dignify our labor and honor and enrich our art. They seek to organize a community of all musicians and aspiring musicians, and we reach out to all who share our interests and our passion. They are committed to upholding the integrity of live musical performance and to advancing the vital role of music in education, and in the economic, cultural and social life of our community and beyond. We advocate for economic and social justice for musicians and for society as a whole.

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