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Shilakowsky String Trio

The Shilakowsky String Trio specializes in music for ceremonies, cocktail hour or dinner music, especially for weddings. In addition to classical selections, we play music of all types arranged for the Trio, including Italian, Jewish and other ethnic songs, pop songs, operatic themes, jazz, and Broadway tunes.

Harris Shilakowsky, first violinist & leader of the Shilakowsky String Trio, former concertmaster of the New Orleans and London Symphonies. He works 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.

Over 20 years experience organizing professional musicians for weddings and, special occasions and concerts.

We provide other instrumentalists, and vocalists when requested.

Press HERE to HearLISTEN to some wedding ceremony music performed by the Trio



We hire smaller groups - Solo Violin, String Duo, String Trio or Violin-Guitar Duo which plays jazz standards, classical pieces with a Latin beat, country fiddle tunes, or the larger SSQ-Shilakowsky String Quartet

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 for the cocktail hour and/or reception.

Packaging the costs with your live ensemble will also lower the cost of your musical entertainment.


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Additional Services:
Your favorite song arranged for the string Trio.

Professionally produced CD of the music and vows from your wedding ceremony from Digital recording

Why should you use Shilakowsky String Trio 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.

Custom Song Arrangements
We 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. Please ask if we have your favorite already...
If its not in our current library, please submit your song request. We require 3 weeks prior notice to create new custom song arrangements.
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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!"

We play Pachelbel and Bach and Haydn & Jewish Music, as well as Spanish, Italian, Greek, African, Indian and the musics of many other cultures...virtuosically and sensitively. You tell us what you want to hear, and we play it! Check out the partial list of music below.

Shilakowsky String Trio
About Us

Professional string players who perform with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Lyric Opera Company of Boston, Rhode Island Philharmonic, etc.
The leader - violinist, Harris Shilakowsky, is music director of the Bristol Chamber Orchestra and former concertmaster for the New Orleans, London, Omaha, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras.

performing music for...
Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Bar Mitzvah & Birthday Parties, Celebrations, Parties, Cocktail Hour, Background Music for Restaurants, Industrial Applications including Film, TV, Videogame & Commercials, Special Events, Concerts Fund-raisers & conducting Educational Performances & Educational String Clinics

"...lively dance-tunes, & hauntingly beautiful, spiritual melodies..."
"...I loved it!"
free CD...Christian, General, Jewish
 Special Requests? No problem!

Our music includes
Classical Music
tunes from Broadway Musicals
Hoedown Tunes
Spiritual Songs
Jazz and Popular Artists
Fun Party Songs
Jewish Music including Yiddish songs, Wedding Music, traditional joyous and moving ethnic music including Hebrew, & Israeli music, Fiddler on the Roof.
Italian music
American Classics & Popular Songs
African songs
Popular & Traditional Chinese Songs
Latino Music including Salsa & Marengues
and music of many other nations and cultures including an extensive repertoire of Christian music including music appropriate for Catholic services.

SSQ performs Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Vivaldi (4 Seasons), Borodin, Favorite excerpts from operas by Puccini, Verdi, etc., popular classics by Bach, Gounod, Tchaikowsky, Vangelis
...and for cocktail hour or jazz weddings; Jazz Classics - Autumn Nocturne, Body & Soul, Fascinatin' Rhythm, I Got Rhythm, Lullaby of Birdland, Joplin Rags, Ellington Compositions, and more.

Classical Music
Wedding March (Mendelssohn), Brandenburg Concerto (JS Bach)
Meditation from "Tha´s" (Massanet), Canon (Pachelbel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart),
Water Music (Handel), Sinfonies De Fanfares, Rondeau (Mouret), Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel)

Jewish Music
Simon Tov
Hevenu Shalom
Chosen Kallah Mazel Tov
Erev Shel Shoshanim (An Evening of Roses), Dodi Li, K'var Achare Chatsot, K'shoshana Ben Hachochim, Klezmer Wedding Medley- including Doina, Hora, Chusidl, & Freylach.
 Od Yishama, Sherele & Freylach Zain, Patch Tantz, Jewish Wedding Marches, Sher, Tumbalalaika, Mamele, Chosen Kale Mazel Tov, Broyges Tantz

Ask for a complete listing of our Jewish Repertoire.

By the way, many of our arrangements are also available for purchase for musicians to play yourself!

Here's the latest 'playlist' of repertoire that is in the Shilakowsky String Trio library.

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Our Trio 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.

1st violinist & leader, Harris Shilakowsky,
former concertmaster for the New Orleans, London, Omaha, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras.

some of our members;

Sargis Karapetyan, violinist
Dani Rimoni, violist
Rob Bethel, cellist
Johann Soultz, cellist

Meghan O'Connell, violinist

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Sailor's Dream

Harris Shilakowsky: Sailor

Celebration of Jewish Spirit
Harris Shilakowsky: Eklektrex SSQVO Celebration of Jewish Spirit

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Harris Shilakowsky: Holiday Music for Violin

Burst My Bubble

Harris Shilakowsky: Burst My Bubble

Harris Shilakowsky: Purimspiel

Beautiful Acoustic Music Recordings recorded by Harris Shilakowsky