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International Strings

Natick , MA
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Natick, MA US 01760 (map)
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Ceremony Music

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Brass - Quartet, Brass - Quintet, Brass - Trio, Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
International Strings - great all around! Listened well to the couple's requests. Extraordinary musicians with a wonderful, clean sound. We could not have been more pleased.
International Strings - great all around! Listened well to the couple's requests. Extraordinary musicians with a Read more...
International Strings - great all around! Listened well to the couple's requests. Extraordinary musicians with a wonderful, clean sound. We could not have been more pleased. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.9/5.0
Music was maybe THE most important part of our wedding. Both my husband and I are musicians, so we spent a lot of time searching for groups that really blew us away. When we saw the promotional video for IS, we were immediately impressed. Their energy and talent was very clear in this video, and in the recordings on their website. I worked directly with Slava, who was nice to work with and responsive.
For months leading up to our wedding, we would play the promo video and get super exicted to see them in person!
As I walked down the aisle, I looked over at the trio and was quite frankly shocked. These three musicians were NOT the same that we had been impressed with in the promotional material. It was a confusing moment for me during a critical time of the wedding!
In addition to not providing the musicians from their site, there were notes that my husband and I had passed along to Slava that this trio of musicians did not know anything about.
They played well, but honestly the energy was not there like it is in the promo material. The shock of not having who you expect is not something you should experience on the big day.
In fairness, there is a disclaimer on the gigmasters site saying you may not get the same people in the promo stuff. It's a nice way to cover themselves, but quite frankly just rude. We're not talking about a 12 piece band that you could easily sub a player and not notice. 100% of this trio was different than what we were expecting, there were clearly a few notes that weren't communicated, and the quality was also not up to par for me. My standards are high, hence my choice to have IS play both our ceremony and cocktail hour, and I was disappointed.
Very talented, but they need to be honest from the start and also communicate any notes that are provided to WHOEVER is going to play the event. It was almost sneaky, and that's just unacceptable.
Music was maybe THE most important part of our wedding. Both my husband and I are musicians, so we spent a lot of time Read more...
Music was maybe THE most important part of our wedding. Both my husband and I are musicians, so we spent a lot of time searching for groups that really blew us away. When we saw the promotional video for IS, we were immediately impressed. Their energy and talent was very clear in this video, and in the recordings on their website. I worked directly with Slava, who was nice to work with and responsive.
For months leading up to our wedding, we would play the promo video and get super exicted to see them in person!
As I walked down the aisle, I looked over at the trio and was quite frankly shocked. These three musicians were NOT the same that we had been impressed with in the promotional material. It was a confusing moment for me during a critical time of the wedding!
In addition to not providing the musicians from their site, there were notes that my husband and I had passed along to Slava that this trio of musicians did not know anything about.
They played well, but honestly the energy was not there like it is in the promo material. The shock of not having who you expect is not something you should experience on the big day.
In fairness, there is a disclaimer on the gigmasters site saying you may not get the same people in the promo stuff. It's a nice way to cover themselves, but quite frankly just rude. We're not talking about a 12 piece band that you could easily sub a player and not notice. 100% of this trio was different than what we were expecting, there were clearly a few notes that weren't communicated, and the quality was also not up to par for me. My standards are high, hence my choice to have IS play both our ceremony and cocktail hour, and I was disappointed.
Very talented, but they need to be honest from the start and also communicate any notes that are provided to WHOEVER is going to play the event. It was almost sneaky, and that's just unacceptable. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
International Strings responded with the following comments:

We are glad that this client acknowledges the following points:
1.” I worked directly with Slava, who was nice to work with and responsive.”
2. “They played well”
3. “Very talented”
4. “In fairness, there is a disclaimer saying you may not get the same people as in the promo stuff”.
We feel sorry that apparently some misunderstanding took place. This client was expecting a set group of people to appear at this event but didn’t communicate this to us clearly before the event. We can assure that main current local trio was performing at this occasion. We always guarantee that regardless of any possible changes in personnel the highest quality of the music remains the same, which the clients acknowledges (See #2 and #3).
We sincerely apologize about any misunderstanding that took place and will gladly discuss this further with this client if only he or she will contact us directly – since the review is anonymous we aren’t sure who is this person.
With that being said we would like to emphasize that all of the points of our agreement were executed precisely – three musicians playing instruments that we agreed upon showed up at this event plenty of time in advanced, were dressed up accordingly, played all of the songs we agreed upon at the highest level and received the payment from the clients party at the conclusion of the event. Numerous other reviews from the satisfied customers speak for themselves.
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
They were awesome! I loved the fact that they were able to play a variety of songs and genres during the cocktail hour. We had only had a conversation with Slava by phone and had never met the trio in person so we didn't know what to expect but they were excellent. In addition to their unbelievable talent, they were on time, flexible, and professional. Thank you, International String Trio, for enhancing the ceremony and cocktail hour with your beautiful music.
They were awesome! I loved the fact that they were able to play a variety of songs and genres during the cocktail hour. We Read more...
They were awesome! I loved the fact that they were able to play a variety of songs and genres during the cocktail hour. We had only had a conversation with Slava by phone and had never met the trio in person so we didn't know what to expect but they were excellent. In addition to their unbelievable talent, they were on time, flexible, and professional. Thank you, International String Trio, for enhancing the ceremony and cocktail hour with your beautiful music. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
These guys were amazing I would highly recommend them!
These guys were amazing I would highly recommend them!
These guys were amazing I would highly recommend them! Read less
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Keisha
Wedding:
12/12/2010
4.6/5.0
They made my ceremony so beautiful. I do wish their attire was befitting a evening wedding. My mother point out black jeans, but you know how mothers can be. I Did love there service, even if mom pointed out some fashion no-no's.
They made my ceremony so beautiful. I do wish their attire was befitting a evening wedding. My mother point out black Read more...
They made my ceremony so beautiful. I do wish their attire was befitting a evening wedding. My mother point out black jeans, but you know how mothers can be. I Did love there service, even if mom pointed out some fashion no-no's. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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md06684
Wedding:
10/23/2010
2.9/5.0
Communication was definitely an issue. Because International String Trio was only performing at our ceremony and the music selected was pretty straight forward, there wasn't a tremendous need to ask a lot of questions. However, as the day got closer, I thought it was important that we communicate somewhat, just to make sure everyone was on the same page. It took several repeat e-mails to get any response to my questions, and I wasn't able to speak with anyone directly until I send an angry message.

Overall performance was good. Unapproved music was played while our guests were being seated, which I was not thrilled with, but it was appropriate for the setting.
Communication was definitely an issue. Because International String Trio was only performing at our ceremony and the music Read more...
Communication was definitely an issue. Because International String Trio was only performing at our ceremony and the music selected was pretty straight forward, there wasn't a tremendous need to ask a lot of questions. However, as the day got closer, I thought it was important that we communicate somewhat, just to make sure everyone was on the same page. It took several repeat e-mails to get any response to my questions, and I wasn't able to speak with anyone directly until I send an angry message.

Overall performance was good. Unapproved music was played while our guests were being seated, which I was not thrilled with, but it was appropriate for the setting. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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ilyse
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.4/5.0
Easy to work with, on time and sounded great. They were a pleasure to work with!
Easy to work with, on time and sounded great. They were a pleasure to work with!
Easy to work with, on time and sounded great. They were a pleasure to work with! Read less
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SCremer
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Beautiful music played by very friendly and accommodating musicians! They played before, during, and after our ceremony, as well as during the reception. We just loved dancing to them! They played all of our requested songs, even those that weren't on their standard play list. And we purchased both of their CDs the day of our wedding, and we listen to them frequently at home.
Beautiful music played by very friendly and accommodating musicians! They played before, during, and after our ceremony, Read more...
Beautiful music played by very friendly and accommodating musicians! They played before, during, and after our ceremony, as well as during the reception. We just loved dancing to them! They played all of our requested songs, even those that weren't on their standard play list. And we purchased both of their CDs the day of our wedding, and we listen to them frequently at home. Read less
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Mrs. Leathers
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.6/5.0
Slava and his fellow musicians did a wonderful job during our wedding and cocktail hour. They played beautifully for the ceremony, and then continued to play for the cocktail hour. We were gone for pictures throughout most of it, but heard from ALL our guests about how wonderful the music was. Slava was also very easy to work with.
Slava and his fellow musicians did a wonderful job during our wedding and cocktail hour. They played beautifully for the Read more...
Slava and his fellow musicians did a wonderful job during our wedding and cocktail hour. They played beautifully for the ceremony, and then continued to play for the cocktail hour. We were gone for pictures throughout most of it, but heard from ALL our guests about how wonderful the music was. Slava was also very easy to work with. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/2/2009
4.8/5.0
Slava and his trio are a very talented group of musicians, all Berkeley Graduates, who are able to play a wide range of genres including traditional wedding music. The trio is made up of a guitarist, bass and violin--making it a beautiful and unique sound for wedding ceremonies.

They have a large repertoire of traditional wedding music and were able to accommodate all the songs that I wanted for the ceremony. For the cocktail hour we asked them to play a mix of contemporary, classical and jazz songs and they did a wonderful job. They dress professionally and were a great addition to our cocktail hour.
Slava and his trio are a very talented group of musicians, all Berkeley Graduates, who are able to play a wide range of Read more...
Slava and his trio are a very talented group of musicians, all Berkeley Graduates, who are able to play a wide range of genres including traditional wedding music. The trio is made up of a guitarist, bass and violin--making it a beautiful and unique sound for wedding ceremonies.

They have a large repertoire of traditional wedding music and were able to accommodate all the songs that I wanted for the ceremony. For the cocktail hour we asked them to play a mix of contemporary, classical and jazz songs and they did a wonderful job. They dress professionally and were a great addition to our cocktail hour. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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jasmine09
Wedding:
5/17/2009
5.0/5.0
The International String Trio provided beautiful music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They have a wonderfully diverse repertoire, and are extremely talented musicians. They set a very nice tone for the party, and everyone enjoyed the music.
The International String Trio provided beautiful music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They have a wonderfully diverse Read more...
The International String Trio provided beautiful music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. They have a wonderfully diverse repertoire, and are extremely talented musicians. They set a very nice tone for the party, and everyone enjoyed the music. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Josh & Monique
Wedding:
2/7/2009
4.4/5.0
Very talented musicians with broad repertoire, but make sure you tell them that you do not want prospective clients coming to your wedding to check them out.

When inquiring, they gave me list of dates they were performing weddings so I can come to check them out in person. I didn't go because I didn't want to invade, but I found it odd that I was invited to weddings by the musicians.

I hired them to provide ceremony and cocktail hour music, asking that they would not use our wedding as a showcase for prospective clients.
Very talented musicians with broad repertoire, but make sure you tell them that you do not want prospective clients coming Read more...
Very talented musicians with broad repertoire, but make sure you tell them that you do not want prospective clients coming to your wedding to check them out.

When inquiring, they gave me list of dates they were performing weddings so I can come to check them out in person. I didn't go because I didn't want to invade, but I found it odd that I was invited to weddings by the musicians.

I hired them to provide ceremony and cocktail hour music, asking that they would not use our wedding as a showcase for prospective clients. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Neil
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
The ceremony music was beautiful. Slava was flexible with our playlist and even learned a song that we really wanted playing during the processional. I would definitely recommend them and felt their prices were very reasonable.
The ceremony music was beautiful. Slava was flexible with our playlist and even learned a song that we really wanted Read more...
The ceremony music was beautiful. Slava was flexible with our playlist and even learned a song that we really wanted playing during the processional. I would definitely recommend them and felt their prices were very reasonable. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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