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Boston String Ensemble

Cambridge , MA

LOCATION

535 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02141 US (map)

PHONE

617-875-7851

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Voted BEST Wedding Ceremony Music by Boston A-List in 2014, 2012, 2011, & 2010! Since its formation over a decade ago, the Boston String Ensemble has performed at over 600 weddings and... Read more
Voted BEST Wedding Ceremony Music by Boston A-List in 2014, 2012, 2011, & 2010! Since its formation over a decade ago, the Boston String Ensemble has performed at over 600 weddings and special events throughout New England. With former clients including US Presidents, Senators, and Governors, Universities such as Harvard and MIT; local and destination weddings, the Boston String Ensemble has the experience you need to create a perfect moment at your event that you will remember forever.

Our simple booking process takes the hassle out of hiring event or ceremony musicians, and our tested and reliable management team will ensure timely arrival at your event with adequate time to check-in with a wedding coordinator, organizer, or event planner. Our decade of experience in the industry has given us the know-how to deal with the unexpected and adapt to your changing needs. We will work closely alongside you to plan a music setlist that you and your guests will enjoy and cherish even after the special day has passed. Our large repertoire includes traditional classical selections, jazz standards, classic rock, pop and top 40. We are continuously adding new selections, and we will turn any song that you select into a reality. Our core ensemble consists of violins, viola, and cello, however, we are able to add additional instruments such as flute, piano, clarinet, vocalists, and others based on your request.

Our goal is to join you in transforming a beautiful occasion into something truly wonderful. We look forward to working with you. Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
How many musicians are in your band(s)?
1-3, 4-6
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Piano, Viola, Violin
What services do you provide?
Ceremony Music, Cocktail Hour Music, Instrumentals, Learn New Songs, Reception Music

REVIEWS

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Nicole
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
I booked Boston String Quartet as a trio for music at our ceremony and couldn't be happier. From the moment I contacted BSQ, Chen, one of the incredibly talented musicians, always answered my questions/emails/requests within minutes and took so much time and care to ensure BSQ provided exactly what we were looking for. Their repertoire is EXTENSIVE and has a substantial amount of contemporary music that gave our wedding the unique touch I was looking for. Walking down the aisle was truly the best moment of my life and that is hugely in part to BSQ! We also had a little snafu with our wedding day transportation, and BSQ kindly extended their planned prelude as we were running a bit late. Thank you to all at BSQ for making our day so memorable!
I booked Boston String Quartet as a trio for music at our ceremony and couldn't be happier. From the moment I contacted Read more...
I booked Boston String Quartet as a trio for music at our ceremony and couldn't be happier. From the moment I contacted BSQ, Chen, one of the incredibly talented musicians, always answered my questions/emails/requests within minutes and took so much time and care to ensure BSQ provided exactly what we were looking for. Their repertoire is EXTENSIVE and has a substantial amount of contemporary music that gave our wedding the unique touch I was looking for. Walking down the aisle was truly the best moment of my life and that is hugely in part to BSQ! We also had a little snafu with our wedding day transportation, and BSQ kindly extended their planned prelude as we were running a bit late. Thank you to all at BSQ for making our day so memorable! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Erin
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
We were very happy to book Boston String Quartet for our August wedding. Chris was able to answer our questions and was very easy to communicate with before our wedding day. We provided them with a list of our preference of songs, with some special requests which they accommodated without any issue. On the day of the wedding, the quartet arrived ahead of time,dressed appropriately for the formal occasion, and most importantly, sounded beautiful. I forgot to assign someone to cue them when the ceremony finished, but one of the musicians looked out for me and when I gave him a nod they quickly played our recessional. I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of their repertoire – they added more songs in than I expected and did a fantastic job. Thank you for helping to create the atmosphere that we were aiming for!
We were very happy to book Boston String Quartet for our August wedding. Chris was able to answer our questions and was Read more...
We were very happy to book Boston String Quartet for our August wedding. Chris was able to answer our questions and was very easy to communicate with before our wedding day. We provided them with a list of our preference of songs, with some special requests which they accommodated without any issue. On the day of the wedding, the quartet arrived ahead of time,dressed appropriately for the formal occasion, and most importantly, sounded beautiful. I forgot to assign someone to cue them when the ceremony finished, but one of the musicians looked out for me and when I gave him a nod they quickly played our recessional. I was pleasantly surprised by the extent of their repertoire – they added more songs in than I expected and did a fantastic job. Thank you for helping to create the atmosphere that we were aiming for! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mary Beth
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
The Boston String Quartet played the ceremony music for my daughter's wedding on May 31, 2014 in Sturbridge, MA, They arrived early, as promised, and played the selected music prior to, and during the wedding ceremony. Many of the guests commented on how much they enjoyed them. Prior to the wedding, I met with the coordinator to confirm the arrangements. The quartet was seated in the gazebo with the ceremony taking place just in front of it. I was quite happy with the quality of the music and the professionalism of the quartet members. I did price a few other quartets, decided to go with Boston String, and was glad that I did so.
The Boston String Quartet played the ceremony music for my daughter's wedding on May 31, 2014 in Sturbridge, MA, They Read more...
The Boston String Quartet played the ceremony music for my daughter's wedding on May 31, 2014 in Sturbridge, MA, They arrived early, as promised, and played the selected music prior to, and during the wedding ceremony. Many of the guests commented on how much they enjoyed them. Prior to the wedding, I met with the coordinator to confirm the arrangements. The quartet was seated in the gazebo with the ceremony taking place just in front of it. I was quite happy with the quality of the music and the professionalism of the quartet members. I did price a few other quartets, decided to go with Boston String, and was glad that I did so. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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amy
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with Boston String Quartet. They were professional, responsive, and happy to accommodate our requests for pieces not on their standard repertoire. Their performance really helped to set the stage for the ceremony. Highly recommend.
We had a great experience with Boston String Quartet. They were professional, responsive, and happy to accommodate our Read more...
We had a great experience with Boston String Quartet. They were professional, responsive, and happy to accommodate our requests for pieces not on their standard repertoire. Their performance really helped to set the stage for the ceremony. Highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anna
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We found Boston String Quartet on gig masters and are really glad we did. They gave us the most reasonable quote and we could not be happier with their performance. They played before and during our ceremony, and during cocktail hour. They had a pretty extensive repertoire with both classical and contemporary music. They added such an elegant touch to the ceremony; I had several people come up to me and comment about how wonderful the ceremony/ cocktail music was. People were especially impressed with the contemporary music. The icing on the cake was the song they played during the recessional. It was a special request I had; a very rare song that I know must have been hard to find. Not only did they find it, they played it beautifully, as if it was something they had rehearsed many times. My wedding coordinator was trying to escort me downstairs after the recessional but I had to stay and listen to the song. It was a beautiful moment and I wish I had it on video. If you are on the fence about having a string quartet, do it! It will be worth every penny.
We found Boston String Quartet on gig masters and are really glad we did. They gave us the most reasonable quote and we Read more...
We found Boston String Quartet on gig masters and are really glad we did. They gave us the most reasonable quote and we could not be happier with their performance. They played before and during our ceremony, and during cocktail hour. They had a pretty extensive repertoire with both classical and contemporary music. They added such an elegant touch to the ceremony; I had several people come up to me and comment about how wonderful the ceremony/ cocktail music was. People were especially impressed with the contemporary music. The icing on the cake was the song they played during the recessional. It was a special request I had; a very rare song that I know must have been hard to find. Not only did they find it, they played it beautifully, as if it was something they had rehearsed many times. My wedding coordinator was trying to escort me downstairs after the recessional but I had to stay and listen to the song. It was a beautiful moment and I wish I had it on video. If you are on the fence about having a string quartet, do it! It will be worth every penny. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Mandy
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
I love working with the Boston String Quartet! I've worked with them several times and the musicians are extremely talented, but beyond that, they, and their management, are very responsive to requests and scheduling and are extremely accommodating, which is very important when planning weddings and events. I always go to them first for any event and I've never been sorry that I did.
I love working with the Boston String Quartet! I've worked with them several times and the musicians are extremely Read more...
I love working with the Boston String Quartet! I've worked with them several times and the musicians are extremely talented, but beyond that, they, and their management, are very responsive to requests and scheduling and are extremely accommodating, which is very important when planning weddings and events. I always go to them first for any event and I've never been sorry that I did. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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M
Wedding:
9/9/2012
5.0/5.0
I am soo glad i hired Boston string quartet for our wedding. They did an amazing job and I am still receiving compliments to this day on the music. Chris was always very prompt in responding to any questions I had. all in all I had an excellent experience and would definately use them again for any other event I host.
I am soo glad i hired Boston string quartet for our wedding. They did an amazing job and I am still receiving compliments Read more...
I am soo glad i hired Boston string quartet for our wedding. They did an amazing job and I am still receiving compliments to this day on the music. Chris was always very prompt in responding to any questions I had. all in all I had an excellent experience and would definately use them again for any other event I host. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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PSternDC
Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.9/5.0
BSQ was great! We had a trio for our ceremony, and they sounded fabulous. We asked them to learn a number of songs off their repertoire for our wedding, and they sounded great. It meant so much to us that they were able to play them. They were songs that needed to be translated a little for strings (Sigur Ros, Midnight City, a Cat Stevens song), so I really appreciated that they were willing to do that, and each sounded great. Thanks!
BSQ was great! We had a trio for our ceremony, and they sounded fabulous. We asked them to learn a number of songs off Read more...
BSQ was great! We had a trio for our ceremony, and they sounded fabulous. We asked them to learn a number of songs off their repertoire for our wedding, and they sounded great. It meant so much to us that they were able to play them. They were songs that needed to be translated a little for strings (Sigur Ros, Midnight City, a Cat Stevens song), so I really appreciated that they were willing to do that, and each sounded great. Thanks! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Perfect. Couldn't ask for nicer people, sweeter music, or a more helpful correspondence.
Perfect. Couldn't ask for nicer people, sweeter music, or a more helpful correspondence.
Perfect. Couldn't ask for nicer people, sweeter music, or a more helpful correspondence. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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fcoughlin
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.9/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about BSQ. They brought an elegance and unique vibe to our day that was unforgettable. Our guests were blown away by their talent. We had them arrange and play mostly rock music covers and they were on point. I will never forget the look on my groom's face when they played the song that I walked down to - an obscure Rolling Stones cover that is our favorite. They also played our cocktail hour. They were impeccable - book them!
I cannot say enough great things about BSQ. They brought an elegance and unique vibe to our day that was unforgettable. Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about BSQ. They brought an elegance and unique vibe to our day that was unforgettable. Our guests were blown away by their talent. We had them arrange and play mostly rock music covers and they were on point. I will never forget the look on my groom's face when they played the song that I walked down to - an obscure Rolling Stones cover that is our favorite. They also played our cocktail hour. They were impeccable - book them! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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