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Boston String Quartet

Cambridge , MA

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535 Cambridge St.
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Voted BEST Wedding Ceremony Music by Boston A-List in 2012, 2011, and 2010! Since its formation 2004, the Boston String Quartet has been a creative leader in contemporary classical music... Read more
Voted BEST Wedding Ceremony Music by Boston A-List in 2012, 2011, and 2010! Since its formation 2004, the Boston String Quartet has been a creative leader in contemporary classical music in New England. Having made their professional debut at Weil Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, the quartet performs their own arrangements of classical chamber music, rock, jazz, world music and more, and is continually "exploring different ways of sparking musical interest" [Boston Globe]. This journey has allowed for collaboration with John Mayer, the Boston Ballet, Fionnuala Gill, Giorgia Fumanti, Jennifer Holliday, Lisa Fisher, Tim Janis, Dave Fiucznyski, as well as opportunity to perform at such venues as the Los Angeles Music Awards, PBS, Yankee Homecoming Festival, and for former president George H.W. Bush. Committed to music education in New England, the members of the Boston String Quartet are currently Ensemble-in-Residence at contemporary music school, School of Groove. To date, the Boston String Quartet has released four albums, including "Xibus" [a genre-stretching tour-de-force from one of the finest young touring string quartets in the United States – PARMA], a new release from Navona Recordings. The Boston String Quartet can be heard over the radio or may be found performing on local television stations, as well as nationally on PBS. Recordings may be purchased world-wide from Naxos.

The Boston String Quartet has been performing together for over four years and has played at over 100 weddings and other special events. From sacred wedding ceremony music to live jazz during cocktail hour, to holiday celebrations, the Boston String Quartet will provide the perfect live music for your upcoming occasion. We offer classical chamber music, jazz, popular, holiday and world music. Strings, piano, and flute combine to create ensembles of one to five players.

Our ensembles are time and time again being praised for their ability to transform a beautiful occasion into something truly wonderful. We truly look forward to working with you as you plan your special event. If you are seeking additional music such as a jazz ensemble, dance band, or emcee for your event, we can give you additional options and discounts through our music booking agency, Boston Event Entertainment . 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
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Dress code for our musicians is men in tuxedo/women in black, unless otherwise requested.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Yes we do!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Please allow for 10 minutes to setup
How much space do you usually require?
Traffic flow is crucial at indoor events. Calculate 4' x 4' of floor space per musician. Place the musicians at opposite ends of the room from a bar or food stations. Allow ten feet between the first seated guests and the musicians. This leaves room for serving staff to move freely around the tables.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
For local events in the Boston metro, there is no travel fee. For events extending 10-25 miles outside the city: $50. For events extending 25-60 miles outside the city: $100. For events extending 60 miles + outside the city: $150

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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vintage_gal
Wedding:
6/19/2009
4.8/5.0
I would recommend the Boston String Quartet. My guests enjoyed the ceremony music very much. They assisted me in choosing just the right music and were very flexible in helping us decide the perfect selections of music for the ceremony and before, as the guests were waiting for our ceremony to begin. Highly professional and easy to work with.
I would recommend the Boston String Quartet. My guests enjoyed the ceremony music very much. They assisted me in choosing Read more...
I would recommend the Boston String Quartet. My guests enjoyed the ceremony music very much. They assisted me in choosing just the right music and were very flexible in helping us decide the perfect selections of music for the ceremony and before, as the guests were waiting for our ceremony to begin. Highly professional and easy to work with. Read less
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Jonathan
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.7/5.0
The Boston String Ensemble team provided the music for our ceremony and did a wonderful job.

We wanted to stick to classics for the "official" parts of the ceremony like the processional and recessional, but we also wanted to have some contemporary songs and these guys sounded brilliant.

They were very flexible with our music selection which we wanted to include some British stuff: Oasis, Verve, Beatles and our guests loved them and they helped set the tone for the rest of the evening.

They were great
The Boston String Ensemble team provided the music for our ceremony and did a wonderful job.

We wanted to stick Read more...
The Boston String Ensemble team provided the music for our ceremony and did a wonderful job.

We wanted to stick to classics for the "official" parts of the ceremony like the processional and recessional, but we also wanted to have some contemporary songs and these guys sounded brilliant.

They were very flexible with our music selection which we wanted to include some British stuff: Oasis, Verve, Beatles and our guests loved them and they helped set the tone for the rest of the evening.

They were great Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/27/2012
4.6/5.0
The Boston String Quartet played the music for our wedding ceremony at the Wayside Inn's Martha Mary Chapel. We only hired the trio but they played so beautifully that you really didn't need all four! I worked with Chris Vuk to book and he was very flexible and open to new ideas. We ended up using his suggestion to play contemporary love songs while our guests were being seated. Many of our guests commented to us which songs they recognized and how much they loved the music! It really was a dream come true for me to have strings playing as I walked down the aisle.
The only reason I didn't give them 5 starts on responsiveness is that I received an email the week of the wedding that they lost all of our information and needed me to go through all the details again. It was extremely stressful in an already unbelievably stressful time! Although, it all worked out in the end.
We had a little "snafu" during the ceremony and the trio was able to play through it so no one knew anything went wrong! They are true professionals and I would recommend them!
The Boston String Quartet played the music for our wedding ceremony at the Wayside Inn's Martha Mary Chapel. We only hired Read more...
The Boston String Quartet played the music for our wedding ceremony at the Wayside Inn's Martha Mary Chapel. We only hired the trio but they played so beautifully that you really didn't need all four! I worked with Chris Vuk to book and he was very flexible and open to new ideas. We ended up using his suggestion to play contemporary love songs while our guests were being seated. Many of our guests commented to us which songs they recognized and how much they loved the music! It really was a dream come true for me to have strings playing as I walked down the aisle.
The only reason I didn't give them 5 starts on responsiveness is that I received an email the week of the wedding that they lost all of our information and needed me to go through all the details again. It was extremely stressful in an already unbelievably stressful time! Although, it all worked out in the end.
We had a little "snafu" during the ceremony and the trio was able to play through it so no one knew anything went wrong! They are true professionals and I would recommend them! Read less
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Frenchy42985
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.6/5.0
Overall the music sounded great. The guests were impressed with the sound and quality of the music. We received a lot of compliments for the ceremony music. The BSQ also arranged a contemporary pop song for the ceremony as well and it sounded excellent. The only slight mishap was that I sent an updated ceremony time to the group manager and I don't believe it was relayed to the group because they came at the originally stated time. The ceremony was slightly behind though so it ended up working out. I would still absolutely recommend the Boston String Quartet to someone interested in strings for their ceremony or cocktail hour music.
Overall the music sounded great. The guests were impressed with the sound and quality of the music. We received a lot of Read more...
Overall the music sounded great. The guests were impressed with the sound and quality of the music. We received a lot of compliments for the ceremony music. The BSQ also arranged a contemporary pop song for the ceremony as well and it sounded excellent. The only slight mishap was that I sent an updated ceremony time to the group manager and I don't believe it was relayed to the group because they came at the originally stated time. The ceremony was slightly behind though so it ended up working out. I would still absolutely recommend the Boston String Quartet to someone interested in strings for their ceremony or cocktail hour music. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
I have to say I don't know what it sounded as I was too nervous walking down the aisle =), but I've heard them play and they are great. They are very flexible with the time and price is very reasonable. I was surprised that they sent someone I haven't seen on the day of, but then again, the quartet changes. They did a good job with my duo and I highly recommend them.
I have to say I don't know what it sounded as I was too nervous walking down the aisle =), but I've heard them play and Read more...
I have to say I don't know what it sounded as I was too nervous walking down the aisle =), but I've heard them play and they are great. They are very flexible with the time and price is very reasonable. I was surprised that they sent someone I haven't seen on the day of, but then again, the quartet changes. They did a good job with my duo and I highly recommend them. Read less
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Alexandria
Wedding:
7/11/2011
4.4/5.0
they were very accommodating. we decided not to pick traditional music for our ceremony, and they were more than happy to learn any new songs we wanted, which made us feel happy. they got there early and were very sweet! it really set the ton of our ceremony and we absolutely loved them!
they were very accommodating. we decided not to pick traditional music for our ceremony, and they were more than happy to Read more...
they were very accommodating. we decided not to pick traditional music for our ceremony, and they were more than happy to learn any new songs we wanted, which made us feel happy. they got there early and were very sweet! it really set the ton of our ceremony and we absolutely loved them! Read less
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Victor
Wedding:
6/3/2012
4.2/5.0
Overall, they were very good. I had some difficulty getting a quick response from Chris, but we had a lot of requests (including both classical and non-traditional music) and in the end everything went great. The day of the wedding, we were surprised that Chris was not there (2nd violinist played 1st violin), and there was an unknown 2nd violinist.

My only real complaint, which I will preface by saying that I am a musician myself, is that the 2nd violinist made a number of important, audible mistakes, including serious miscounting during one of the main ceremony pieces. But things happen, and mostly we enjoyed their music. They were always very professional throughout the process, and dealt well with our changing requests.
Overall, they were very good. I had some difficulty getting a quick response from Chris, but we had a lot of requests Read more...
Overall, they were very good. I had some difficulty getting a quick response from Chris, but we had a lot of requests (including both classical and non-traditional music) and in the end everything went great. The day of the wedding, we were surprised that Chris was not there (2nd violinist played 1st violin), and there was an unknown 2nd violinist.

My only real complaint, which I will preface by saying that I am a musician myself, is that the 2nd violinist made a number of important, audible mistakes, including serious miscounting during one of the main ceremony pieces. But things happen, and mostly we enjoyed their music. They were always very professional throughout the process, and dealt well with our changing requests. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
0.5/5.0
Let me start with this, THEY NEVER SHOWED UP! Yup that's correct, actually one out of the FOUR that I hired showed up. Hows that for your wedding ceremony music?! Last time I checked a QUARTET was 4 people. Not only did one show up, they were supposed to be there an hour before my ceremony and I didn't even receive a phone call. Doesn't everyone have a cell phone these days? I booked them a year and a half before my wedding, so there who was the one not prepared? I had my Dad send the on violinist home, who wants one violin when you dreamed of walking down the aisle to a quartet? No thanks!

Even before this happened it was like pulling and arm and leg to get them to email or call me back about anything.

Thank God my DJ from Move It Music is amazing or else I would have been walking down the aisle to crickets.

No excuse either, just an email after the wedding saying "Sorry we couldn't complete our obligation" I think that's a pretty big OBLIGATION to miss considering I only have ONE wedding.

Thanks Boston String Quartet!
Let me start with this, THEY NEVER SHOWED UP! Yup that's correct, actually one out of the FOUR that I hired showed up. Read more...
Let me start with this, THEY NEVER SHOWED UP! Yup that's correct, actually one out of the FOUR that I hired showed up. Hows that for your wedding ceremony music?! Last time I checked a QUARTET was 4 people. Not only did one show up, they were supposed to be there an hour before my ceremony and I didn't even receive a phone call. Doesn't everyone have a cell phone these days? I booked them a year and a half before my wedding, so there who was the one not prepared? I had my Dad send the on violinist home, who wants one violin when you dreamed of walking down the aisle to a quartet? No thanks!

Even before this happened it was like pulling and arm and leg to get them to email or call me back about anything.

Thank God my DJ from Move It Music is amazing or else I would have been walking down the aisle to crickets.

No excuse either, just an email after the wedding saying "Sorry we couldn't complete our obligation" I think that's a pretty big OBLIGATION to miss considering I only have ONE wedding.

Thanks Boston String Quartet! Read less
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