Thank you all so much for your comments. Please continue to email me feedback.
It will always be posted Pascal Innocenti Violinist and Director of The Innocenti Strings
Thank you for your amazing contribution to my wife's birthday. I don't think it could have worked any better than it did. You were great, very mysterious I must say! The idea was to create a memory that worked more effectively than a wrapped up present. I think we did that and more. Thanks for going along with it all, thanks for finding the right place at the right time and thanks for playing when you probably couldn't see a great deal and ...thanks!. Best Wishes Josh Faudel
...I must say that when we initially set out to locate a Cellist and Violinist for our vineyard wedding, there were a large number of responses from vendors with promises of professional and high quality musicians. We spent a great number of hours coordinating with other string vendors, and listening to countless musical samples online. Although, I was initially hesitant about the rate that Innocenti quoted as compared to the much lower rates from other vendors,the price was well worth it. The musicians were dressed professionally and blended into the vineyard setting with the perfect compliment of music. Although, I did not spend much time socializing with the duo, the wedding guests praised their talents and commented on their professionalism.
While I am sure that budget is important when planning such a memorable event, their advertised prices may seem a bit higher when shopping around, but the quality was well worth it. We would definitely consider them again for any event requiring strings and highly recommend them to other event planners....
.........I wanted to let you know how delighted we were with the beautiful music that you performed for us in the church and at the cocktail hour . It truly was a magical day and the sounds from the String Trio was delightful. Everybody at the wedding commented on the music as to how much they enjoyed it. I would be delighted to recommended you to anyone I know whose getting married and wants the angelic sound of the Innocenti String quartet for their fairytale day. Thank you again it was a pleasure to work with you. Your professionalism was superb. Please pass on my gratitude and compliments to the other musicians.....
Enthony & Mimi July 2007
Your string quartet is brilliant! Thank you so much for playing at my wedding. You made my day so special with your music and very personal service. My whole family was so happy and so surprised about the beautiful wedding music! Julien & Magalie July 2012
**Musicians for the Innocenti Strings are drawn from professional players and up. All of our musicians have been specially selected by process of a highly competitive audition, so our clients can rest assured of our high standards at all times.
I wanted to thank you for providing the music last Saturday at my daughter's wedding. I thought you were fantastic, and I can't tell you the number of people that made comments to us on the wonderful strings. I have to admit I was apprehensive about doing everything via email, but you seemed to hit all the cues, and the music was beautiful. I love how you can take very contemporary music, and make it sound like a classical piece. All of our guests loved you. I apologize I didn't have much time to spend with you. I hope you took an opportunity to take a tour through the unique site, and to help yourself to something to drink.
Greg, it was a pleasure to meet you, and I'll never hesitate to recommend The Innocenti Strings. I hope I have an opportunity to see you perform again in the future.
Linda. October 2, 2011
"Thank you so much for the beautiful music your quartet provided for our wedding. Your wonderful arrangements and sound helped create the perfect mood for the ceremony and reception. I can not tell you how many of our guests commented on how wonderful you were. The evening would not have been the same without you. You are all so talented and I am thankful you were able to share your talents for our wedding. Your sounds made our evening magical!"
Ben & Tania June 2008
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Greg Nelson: Greg Nelson is Adjunct Instructor of Cello at St. Cloud State University. Greg received his Bachelor of Music in performance from St. Olaf College under the instruction of Dr. David Carter, and his Master of Music in the same field from the University of Minnesota with Prof. Tanya Remenikova. Mr. Nelson has taught at St. Cloud State University for two years and in addition to his duties at the college he maintains a studio of cellists in the Minneapolis area. He has also been instructor at the Strings and Piano Academy Summer festival at St. Olaf College, and the Chamber Music Midwest festival in New Richmond, WI.
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Innocenti String String Quartet, String Trio and String Duo have provided music for weddings, corporate events and celebrations at numerous venues:
A truly unforgettable string quartet, providing wedding music: ceremonies, cocktail hour, anniversaries, corporate events and parties. The Innocenti String Quartet is composed of musicians who have played together for over ten years; we hold a Master degree in music and are committed to providing you with a completely satisfying musical experience. Due to our great love of string quartet music, we maintain a strong desire to share its wonders with our listeners, a characteristic our clients can both see and hear in the quality of our string quartet and in the obvious joy we take in the act of the musical connection. Our string quartet brings confidence and expertise to work. Our repertoire is a mix of baroque, classical and contemporary music. Whether it's Joplin or Bach, we play the music to complement all moods, occasions or celebrations.
•Friendly and professional
•Familiar with every setting: outdoor, homes, public buildings, churches, Jewish ceremony, Catholic.
Angela Waterman: Hanson: completed a doctor of music arts degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Sally O'Reilly. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Hanson has a bachelor of music degree in violin performance from St. Olaf College, where she studied with Charles Gray, and a master's degree in violin performance also from the University of Minnesota. A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra (and concertmaster during the 2006-2007 season), Hanson performs often as a substitute violinist for the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She was recently named the concertmaster for the Dakota Valley Symphony in Burnsville, and also plays regularly with the Mill City String Quartet and the Minnesota Sinfonia. Hanson has performed with many other groups including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Vocal Essence, Kantorei, the South Dakota Symphony, the Wheaton Symphony, and the Chicago Youth Symphony, and has attended the Aspen, Bravo!, and Kent/Blossom Music Festivals. Hanson currently teaches violin lessons in the twin cities area at Bethel University, Grace Free Lutheran Church/Heritage Christian Academy, the Association Free Lutheran Bible School (AFLBS), and at her home in Coon Rapids, where she lives with her husband, Andrew. .
Erika Hoogeveen: Erika Hoogeveen received her Master's degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy at the University of Minnesota, studying with Sally O'Reilly. In 2004, she began a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conjunction with her Master's degree, but after a year put her DMA studies on hold with the arrival of her first child. Erika's Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance was completed at Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, studying with Rick Lohmann and Margaret Carpenter. As a winner of Young Artist Competitions for the Cherokee Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony, she had the privilege of soloing with both orchestras. She also performed twice as a soloist with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Erika has participated in the Bravo Music Festival and the Northern Lights Music Festival. A founding member of the Mill City String Quartet, she also regularly performs with the South Dakota Symphony. Other groups she has played with include Kantorei, the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (as associate concertmaster and principal violist), the Sioux City Symphony, and the Cherokee Symphony. Erika has been on the violin faculty of MacPhail Center for the Arts, St. Joseph's School of Music, and Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. Currently, she teaches private lessons in her home in St. Paul where she resides with her husband and two children.
Huldah Niles: Accomplished violinist and violist, Ms. Niles currently plays with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and as Principal 2nd Violin for the Mankato Symphony. She is also a substitute for the Minnesota Orchestra on both violin and viola. Huldah began her music studies on violin at the age of five at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa with Doris Preucil (William Preucil's mother). Through the Preucil School of music, Huldah traveled to Japan with a group of peers from the Cleveland Institute of Music where they played for Dr. Suzuki at his private residence and for the Prince and Princess of Japan in Tokyo. Ms. Niles received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Sally O'Reilly. She has also studied viola with Thomas Turner, Principal Viola of the Minnesota Orchestra
Mr. Nelson has been principal cellist with the St. Olaf Orchestra (with whom he performed Shostokovich’s cello concerto in 2005), the Muncie Civic Symphony, the St. Cloud Symphony, Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, and the University of MN symphony orchestra. His teachers have included, Dr. David Carter, Mr. Mihai Tetel, Prof. Tanya Remenikova, Mr. Sachiya Isomura, and Arek Tesarczyk among others. In addition to his educational endeavors Greg maintains an active performance career appearing at various venues in the Twin Cites Metro and St. Cloud areas. He frequently performs in chamber music settings often with other faculty of St. Cloud State University as well as musicians in the Twin Cities. He will be featured as soloist this fall with the St. Cloud State symphony and the Linden Hills Chamber orchestra in performance of the cello concerto by Edward Elgar.Mr. Nelson is also a proponent of new music and has premiered numerous compositions most notably as soloist in the Mixed Blood Theater company production Bahala Na in 2007. His latest project is a work for Solo cello and electronics, done in collaboration with St. Cloud State Composition instructor Brett Wartchow.
Elise Meichels: As a diverse musician, violinist Elise Meichels has appeared in a wide range of venues throughout the world, from Beijing's Central Conservatory as a chamber musician, to a touring orchestral musician throughout Germany, Austria and Spain. Other ensemble appearances have included the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, concerts with the Shepherd School of Music's contemporary ensemble 20/21, performances on Houston's KUHF radio program The Front Row and with the KUGF Houston Public Radio Chamber Players. An avid orchestral musician and concertmaster of orchestras for a decade, Ms. Meichels has performed with ensembles including the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Minnesota Children's Theater Company, The Guthrie Theater, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, South Dakota Symphony, Minnesota Sinfonia, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School of Music's symphony and chamber orchestras as well as principal of the Aspen Music Festival and School's orchestras while attending on full scholarship.
A native of Minneapolis, Ms. Meichels completed a Master's degree at Rice University in 2008, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Fellowship of Violin award, studying with Kathleen Winkler. She received a Bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a School of Music Scholarship, studying under Vartan Manoogian . Ms. Meichels lives in the Twin Cities with her husband Jeremy and their little dog, Madi, where she teaches at the Augsburg College Suzuki Talent Education Program and performs around the twin cities.
Allison Bengfort: Allison Bengfort, violin, studied at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She has been playing the violin for over fifteen years, and she has served as Concertmaster of youth orchestras in Davenport and Iowa City, IA. In June 2005, she soloed with the Preucil School of Music’s String Orchestra on their European tour. During her years at St. Olaf, she has played in string trios, quartets, and piano ensembles. She is in the first violin section of the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Her international career includes a tour to Spain and Morocco in 2008. She studied with Professor Charles Gray. Currently, Allison is an active performer in Minnesota including recitals, recordings and chamber music concerts.