Ned Mills, aka Lionardo, is an accomplished and versatile pianist, conductor, entertainer, entrepreneur and inventor who has entertained audiences in more than twenty countries on three continents, opening for the likes of greats such as Don Rickles, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.
He has served as musical conductor for the Ink Spots, the Shirelles, the late Joan Rivers, The Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show, The Shades of Sinatra, the Las Vegas Tenors to name a few.
Ned received his Bachelor of Music cum laude in Jazz Arranging from North Texas State University. His musical arrangements have been performed by the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, The Miss North Carolina Pageant, and in Pizazz starring Debby Boone. His film and television credits include “Matlock,” Lifetime’s “Against Her Will: The Carrie Buck Story” and the George Lucas film “Radicand Murders. He was the piano coach for Halle Berry and Eric Thal in Oprah Winfrey’s production of “The Wedding.”
Ned is known for his stellar tributes to Liberace, Jerry Lee Lewis and Andrew Lloyd Webber, which feature his unique musical stage inventions and ideas. He was among the few and fortunate pianists who was handpicked to play one of Liberace’s pianos at the grand opening of the iconic and newly renovated Liberace Museum in Las Vegas. Now a resident of Las Vegas, Ned performs and serves as musical director for many corporate events at every major casino including the MGM Grand, The Venetian, and Mandalay Bay. Ned was voted “Most Likely to Exemplify the Spirit of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.