Van Walraven

Pianist | Singer | Entertainer

Talent Consultant - Holland America Line and Counterpoint Consulting

Career Highlights

Disney Cruise LineHeadliner and Show Producer of the world's first, family-friendly dueling pianos act for Disney Cruise Line.

Holland America Line – Talent Consultant and Piano Bar Entertainer for 17 years; Created the "Show Pianist" position (now an industry standard); Vetted and trained over 50 entertainers for the cruise line.

Counterpoint Consulting Co-founded the nation’s foremost piano entertainment consulting company, with friend and business partner, Gary Raffanelli, renowned musician-entertainer ("Gary and Sandy" and "ABBACADABRA"), and the inventor and builder of Slam Grand Pianos).

Las Vegas Hotels and CasinosMusical Director and featured performer at New York-New York, Harrah’s, Paris, Palazzo, Venetian and many other resort-casinos.

Cruise Ship EntertainerMain Stage and Piano Bar Entertainer for Holland America, Carnival, MSC and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Appearances WorldwideLondon, Hong Kong, Sydney, Saskatoon, Calgary, Cancun, Grand Cayman.

Dueling Pianos in CanadaPartnered with friend, Greg Wing, to establish Vegas North Entertainment, which introduced Canada audiences to authentic, ‘Direct from Las Vegas!’ dueling pianos entertainment, presenting over 200 shows, fundraisers, corporate and charity events in Canada since 2011.

Musical Director, Arranger, Lead Pianist“Trio Grande” (a three-piano, classical music act) at The Venetian, Las Vegas.

Musical Director, Lead Pianist"Blazing Pianos Showbar" (a three-piano rock music act) in Orlando, Florida.

Piano Bar Owner/OperatorOpened “WALLBANGERS Dueling Pianos” restaurant-nightclub in Portland, Oregon… the first dueling pianos venue in the Pacific Northwest.

Guinness World Record HolderLongest piano marathon: 39 hours, 976 songs.  Proceeds went to fund music education in the Oregon public schools.

Range and RepertoireMore than 5,000 songs, all-styles, all-requests; including rock, country, classics, jazz, comedy, vocals, instrumentals, audience-interaction and over 40 Themed Shows including tributes to Neil Diamond, Elvis, The Eagles, The Legends of Las Vegas, Piano Rockers, Flying Fingers, Drinking Songs, Songwriters & Storytellers, Music of the Movies, 1959 to 1969, Eighties Extravaganza, Country Music, Texas Honky-Tonk Piano Saloon, New Orleans Street Party, and the Ultimate Piano Duel: Elton John vs. Billy Joel.

Have Pianos, Will Travel

Fully Self-Contained
Able to bring the entire show, including pianos, to nearly any location, event or venue...  even to places without electrical outlets!  (Our pianos, microphones and sound equipment are completely portable and self-powered.)

Providing Pianos, Performers and Production Support
Offering Slam Grand Pianos (various colors may be available), Yamaha digital keyboards, sound for up to 500 people, lighting, a 15-foot transport truck, load-in and load-out, and professional sound tech services.