Karina DePiano

Pianist. Composer. Musical Director.

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She plays DePiano...

     Watching and listening to Karina DePiano perform confirms that her surname is more than just a coincidence.  Whether the setting is a grooving disco tune, a power pop ballad, or a hair flipping rock set, Karina brings intensity, focus, and pure joy to the stage.

     Karina DePiano is a Los-Angeles based pop keyboardist and musical director. She has performed and toured with Troye Sivan, Rita Ora, Miley Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Daya, Julia Michaels, and Alessia Cara. Karina is also the music director for rising artists Malia and WENS. In 2014, Karina toured with Bad Things, a band that boasts three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White as one of its guitarists.  The band supported Phantogram in the southeastern U.S. and Thirty Seconds To Mars in Romania, Russia, Estonia, and France in front of audiences of over ten-thousand.

     Karina is classically trained and has an extensive knowledge of music theory. She is an experienced musical director, composer, background singer, and has skill and experience with programming and running live shows via Ableton. 

    In June of 2014, Karina was the musical director for vocalist Tricia Tahara-Stoller for a show at the Catalina Jazz Club that featured the exceptional jazz/fusion/R&B talents of Alphonso Johnson, her mentor Patrice Rushen, and the late, great Ndugu Chancler.  Karina has also performed with the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra and with various artists at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

     In 2012, Karina began school at USC’s Thornton School of Music as a Popular Music Major with an emphasis in keyboard performance.  She studied under and continues to be mentored by Patrice Rushen, chair of the Popular Music Program.  In her time at USC, Karina accompanied Glenn Frey and was also the musical director for a master class with Chaka Khan.  Karina’s playing style has always been heavily influenced by R&B, funk, and pop acts such as Stevie Wonder and Prince.  She credits her experience at USC’s Pop Program as the most valuable foundation to her pop career she could have ever asked for.