Shilakowsky String Quartet
Shilakowsky String Quartet
Shilakowsky String Quartet
The Shilakowsky String Quartet specializes in music for ceremonies, cocktail hour or dinner music. In addition to classical selections, we play music of all types arranged for the quartet, including Italian, Jewish and other ethnic songs, pop songs, operatic themes, jazz, and Broadway tunes.
Harris Shilakowsky, first violinist & leader of the Shilakowsky String Quartet, former concertmaster of the New Orleans Symphony & other US and European orchestras and productions, appears with many famous musicians, both classical and popular, such as Rod Stewart, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Doc Severinsen, Sir Colin Davis. He worked with the Boston Pops for over 15 years and was concertmaster of the New Orleans Symphony and guest leader of the London Symphony.
Shilakowsky has over 20 years experience in organizing professional musicians for weddings and other special occasions and concerts for sponsoring organizations. We work with and provide other soloists, instrumentalists, and vocalists when requested & split down into smaller groups such as string trio, or my violin-guitar duo which plays jazz standards, classical pieces with a Latin beat, country fiddle tunes, and more. I also conduct a pops orchestra which is appropriate for large fund-raisers and events and a waltz orchestra.
A new, exciting and affordable alternative is SVO, the Shilakowsky Virtual Orchestra. The solo violinist performs with a full virtual orchestra including instruments such as organ for the ceremony & performs with the virtual band backing for the cocktail hour and/or reception.
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Most of the repertoire we perform as string quartet is also arranged for trio and/or duo or virtual band/orchestra and is readily available in my extensive library of chamber music. We also hire out as a trio/duo/solo (smaller groups) and also as a larger group, including orchestra. Ask for the rates for booking other size groupings and soloists.
Breaks can be coordinated to work with your event scheduling needs.
Why should you use Shilakowsky String Quartet instead of another group?
We don't play wrong notes. Not all musicians are the same. The reason I was hired to be a concertmaster is because of my ability to read any music perfectly the first time I see it. This is called sight-reading. Not all musicians can sight-read well.
Our rhythm is tight. When you're walking down the aisle, you don't want the musicians speeding up and slowing down. As a leader, my rhythm is accurate and consistent. This also makes our popular music more lively and danceable. Our intonation is clean. Along with wrong notes, out-of-tune notes are especially bothersome. Musicians who lack training will play out of tune, making your favorite song or composition sound like it was being meowed by a cat.
We play the styles of music the way they should be played. Many people can read notes, but not all can interpret them correctly, in the style they originated in. If a piece is written by a Baroque composer like Bach, it should have a Baroque feel to it. I only work with musicians who are steeped in the traditions that they perform. This includes playing ethnic music with the right feel. When we play Spanish tunes, you'll swear we were all Spaniards. When we play Italian music, you'll feel like we come directly from Venice. When we play Jewish music, we get the oy vey, and when we play Greek music...Opah! We feel the soul of the people who wrote the tunes.
ement and take care of every single detail, preparing your favorite music, even if it hasn't been published for our instruments yet. In cases such as these, I write custom arrangements upon your request. Every musician is appropriately dressed and performs and behaves with professional courtesy. So when you're comparing groups and you notice that we might charge the same or more than others, consider the fact that you should have the highest possible quality at your event, since you probably don't hire professional musicians every day. This is an important event for you, so you should have musicians that will do you proud. Musicians who you can have confidence in. Musicians who care as much as you do and have as much PRIDE in their work as you do in putting on a really beautiful affair.
."..Just got back from our honeymoon, and we couldn't wait to write to let you know how unbelieveable you were at our wedding!" "…everyone we spoke to raved about your performance. The ceremony was absolutely amazing. Kim broke down as soon as you began to play "Green Light".""Your performance was absolutely beautiful, and we can't thank you enough!""…we've already referred another couple to you who are getting married next year!"
Our Quartet consists of professional string players who are all active free-lance musicians performing regularly with groups such as the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, and the Lyric Opera Company of Boston.
Sargis Karapetyan, violinist
Dani Rimoni, violist
Alex Badalov, cellist
Joel Cohen, cellist
Lisa Lederer, violinist
Barbara Lefkowitz, violinist
Johann Soultz, cellist
Alex Vavilov, violist
Cam Sawzin, cellist
Olga Kouznetsvova, violinist
Larry Chaplin, violinist
Zarina Irkaeva, cellist
and our winds including flutist, Anne Diamond and brass, too!
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