Solo Violin

Harris Shilakowsky, formerly concertmaster of the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra & guest leader of the London Symphony Orchestra and member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs beautiful solo pieces for concerts and special events. He has performed as violin soloist with numerous orchestras , chamber musician, and even as a solo act. Bio.

Classical - Acoustic Violin

Available for concerts, recording sessions, parties and special events including weddings as soloist. Add one of my pianist-colleagues from the conservatory for a concert of great works for violin and piano...sonatas, concerti, popular violin pieces and songs arranged for piano & violin. Available as soloist for orchestral appearances. Concerto Repertoire can be found here.

OR

Electric Violin

  Its MELLOW!  For concerts for any size audience, special events or background music while dining or for parties, I use the Electric which can sound like a beautiful classic acoustic violin to performing your favorite classics of the violin repertoire or with special effects to perform contemporary styles including jazz, pop, rock, hip hop, fusion and oldies accompanied by custom orchestral and band arrangement tracks. A Complete entertainment alternative. 

To View a representative movie, press this link. Electric Violin

EMAIL: violin@shilakowskyarts.com

For one-time events such as concerts or weddings, send me an email. violin@shilakowskyarts.com

Electric Violin Songlist

All My Loving by the Beatles 

All of Me (Lynsey Graham version) by John Legend 

Better Together by Jack Johnson 

Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve 

Boom Clap by Charli XCX 

Born This Way by Lady Gaga 

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen 

Can You Feel the Love by Elton John & Tim Rice 

Can't Take My Eyes of You as sung by Franki Vali 

Chandelier by Sia 

Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles 

Good Day Sunshine by the Beatles 

Hey Jude by the Beatles 

Hotel California by the Eagles 

Ice Castles by Marvin Hamlisch 

Jardin D'hiver as sung by Stacey Kent 

Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel 

La Vie en Rose as sung by Edith Piaf 

Moon River 

Misty by Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke 

The Rose byAmanda Mc Broom 

As Time Goes by Herman Hupfeld 

Night And Day by Cole Porter 

What's New? by Bob Haggart, Johnny Burke 

I've Got A Crush On You by George & Ira Gershwin 

Someone To Watch Over Me by George & Ira Gershwin 

The Summer Knows by Michel Legrand 

Since I Fell For You by Buddy Johnson 

Unchained Melody 

On An Evening in Roma 

Pompeii by Bastille 

Praise You by Fatboy Slim 

Remember When-Alan Jackson 

Rockabye Baby-Clean Bandit 

Royals by Lorde 

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran 

Someone Like You by Adele 

Something Just Like This by The Chainsmokers 

Stand By Me as sung by Ben E. King 

Stay With Me by Sam Smith 

Sweet Caroline by Neal Diamond 

Take Me To Church by Hozier

The Girl From Ipanema as sung by Frank Sinatra 

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran 

Yesterday by the Beatles 

Young At Heart as sung by Frank Sinatra 

Classic Jazz by Cole Porter 

All of You 

Ev'ry time We Say Goodbye 

I've got You Under My Skin 

I Love You 

What Is This Thing Called Love? 

Night & Day 

Begin the Beguin 

 I Get a Kick Out of You 

Best of Broadway: 

Lullaby of Broadway 

Memory 

Moonfall 

'S Wonderful 

Tea for Two 

Mr. Wonderful 

POPULAR ROMANTIC SONGS 

Come Back to Sorrento 

Funiculi-Funicula 

Tango 

None But the Lonely Heart 

Melody in F 

Simple Aveu 

Plaisir d'Amour 

From a Distance 

From This Moment On

CLASSIC SONGS I PLAY ON THE VIOLIN

Bach Air on the G String 

Bach Arioso 

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat; Allegro, Adagio, Finale 

Bach Cantata excerpts; Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring 

Bach Cantata excerpts; Sheep May Safely Graze 

Bach Chorales 

Bach Minuet in G arranged by Harris Shilakowsky 

Bach Suite #3 in D; Air, Bourrée, Gavotte, Gigue, Overture 

Bach-Schubert Ave Maria 

Beethoven Cavatina 

Beethoven Op. 18 Numbers 1-6 

Beethoven Opus 59, 74, 95 "the middle quartets" 

Boccherini Minuet 

Borodin Quartet II in D Major 

Cherubini Scherzo 

Clark Trumpet Voluntary 

Corelli Christmas Concerto 

Dvorak The American String Quartet (op 96 #12) 

English Folk Song Greensleeves 

HANDEL Adagio from Music for the Royal Fireworks in D, HWV351 

Handel La Rejouissance 

Handel Sonata in F 

Handel Water Music Suite; Air (up-tempo ) 

Handel Water Music; Hornpipe 

Handel Whereer You Walk from Semele 

MacDowell To a Wild Rose 

Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana 

Massenet Meditation from Opera Thais 

Mendelssohn Adagio from Organ Sonata #2 

Mendelssohn Wedding March from A Midsummer Nights Dream 

Mouret Rondo 

Mozart Allelujah from Exsultate, Jubilate 

Mozart Eine kline Nachtmusik 

Mozart March and Sonatina 

Mozart March of the Priests from Magic Flute 

Mozart Minuet and Trio 

Mozart Quartets K. various; including Eine kleine Nachtmusik 

Pachelbel Canon in D 

Purcell  Trumpet Tune 

Purcell Hornpipe and Air 

Rameau Rigaudon 

Schubert Waltz, Landler & the Andante from Op.29 "Rosamunde", Serenade 

Schumann Traumerei, Thou Ring on My Finger 

The Prayer 

Vivaldi Allegro from "Spring" - The Four Seasons 

Vivaldi The Seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter) 

Wagner Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin 

works by Sinigaglia, Nedbal, Glazunow, Raff, Cui 

OPERA 

Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor 

Puccini Un Bel Di from Opera Madama Butterfly, O mio babbino caro 

Delibes The Flower Song 

Mozart Der Vogelfänger 

Offenbach Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman 

Bizet Habanera from Carmen & Toreador's Song 

Vangelis Hymne from Opera Sauvage 

JAZZ 

3 pieces by Duke Ellington (Zonky Blues, I’m in Another World, and Pigeons & Peppers) 

Jazz Classics arranged for string quartet by Esposito & Sultanof... the Birth of the Blues, Fascinating Rhythm, I Get a Kick out of You, I Got Rhythm, Lullaby of Birdland, Zing! went the Strings of My Heart, ‘Round Midnight & More... 

Joplin - The Entertainer, The Strenuous Life, Antoinette Marsh 

La Boheme, Il Trovatore, Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville

Free Online Violin Class 

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What song or pieces should I perform? 

Wedding Music is good any time!

Seems sad that you only get to hear the violin play your favorite music at weddings. I’m going to perform a live online concert of wedding music Oct 20 2019 7 pm at stageit.com. 

But I’ve played so many different pieces of music these many years, that I need help choosing which to perform for you! 

I’ll be playing 3 Prelude songs or pieces like the three listed here, but... The first sponsor who contributes 1,000 notes will get to choose one of the 3 Preludes.

Bach Unaccompanied Sonatas
Salut D’Amor (Elgar), Largo from Xerxes by Handel 
A Thousand Years by David Hodges & Christina Perri

One song for the Wedding Party Processional. I’ll pick one of my own favorites, like JS Bach’s Air on the G String or the Arioso from Cantata #156 unless I get a sponsor who pays 2,500 notes or more. That sponsor will get to choose from my list of processional pieces, or may pick a new song or piece of your own preference for me to perform. 

I’ll perform 1 piece from the Bridal Processional music library … G by Johann Pachelbel, arranged by Shilakowsky. 

I’ll perform 1 upbeat piece or song for the Recessional; Rondeau by Mouret or La Rejouissance by Handel 

Of the 3 songs I’m performing at our Reception, I think I might create a new jazzed up version of Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag. One of our sponsors who donates 1,000 notes or more can choose one of those from either my popular song list or the classics list. 

Sponsors (pay 1,000 notes) will get to Choose from one of my lists of songs or musical compositions...or pick a new song! If you book me or one of my groups (link) to play at your wedding, I’ll discount the cost of booking musicians by 50% of the value of your sponsorship! That in addition to all sponsors over 500 notes get a free download of the Rosin Dust Wedding Album when its released, and a signed poster.

Since there are SO many songs and pieces that I've played for brides & grooms and their families and friends over the years, this will be just the first of a series of concerts...my new series of Rosin Dust Concerts.

MARCH FOR THE TRUTH  

  • Scientists need to be heard. They must march and we must march with them. 
  • People concerned for people who are trying to escape the horrors of war, poverty and ignorance must be heard. We must march with them. 
  • Women and people of all ethnicities and gender identities and races are human beings with feelings and needs and we must march with them. 

We must seek and reveal THE TRUTH. Then we can begin to heal. March!
I wrote and produced this in a funky rapping march style. But it might be good to exercise to also! Oh yah, I quoted the Declaration of Independence AND the Constitution of the United States! (educators beware...this is educational, but...maybe for students at least in 6th grade) Peace.

LISTEN to it here.https://shilakowskyarts.com/original-songs-compositions

Students & Teachers Sheet Music & Supplies 

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Assortment of music series including lots of play-along music.That's just a sample! Here's are some of the music series.

Violin Students 

You started playing an instrument and you need some help getting to the next stage? For Violin Lessons at all levels, including professional coaching

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New Beatles Arrangements 

This week I've set myself a goal of arranging at least one new Beatles song for String Trio every day! So far, I finished a new version of With A Little Help From My Friends, which is already published to Sheetmusicplus.com

Cheerful song by the Beatles arranged for string trio...violin, viola and cello. Slightly challenging for amateurs, but great for gigs. Two measure intro, then into the song. And of course, comes with the Score & full Set of Parts.

Today I finished Something. The song, "Something", that is...

It will be up on Sheetmusicplus.com as soon as the staff there checks it out.

Score & Parts for Something, by the Beatles. Arrangement for violin, viola & cello. Great for parties, weddings, and just listening or gigs. Easy to read. Viola trades melody back and forth with violin. Page turns eliminated by keeping the song to two pages. Measure numbers at the beginning of each line. Dynamics and articulations suggested to make it sound more like the original. Some double stops, though not too hard.