Our Minneapolis musicians have delighted guests again and again, and clients rate us as "EXCELLENT" over 99% of the time.
If you need an energetic, professional and easy to work with ensemble to perform your favorite music, then Innocenti Strings is the right group for you.
Plan your Music
We are here full-time to help you select your music and make your event elegant and enjoyable. We are constantly updating our music library with the latest hit songs so that you can impress your guests. Once you book with us, our local Minneapolis based music leader will be in contact with you to finalize all the details before your important occasion.
Book with Confidence
We have performed music for hundreds of events over the years, receiving several awards, establishing Innocenti Strings as the Minneapolis ensemble for live entertainment.
Locally-sourced, conservatory-raised, and free to play with other ensembles, our musicians perform the highest quality music anywhere they are located. They use instruments made out of cherished wood and often play acoustically without the need of an external power source which would make them one of the most environmentally friendly service providers at your event.
Annelisa Guries is an avid chamber music collaborator and orchestral musician currently based in Minneapolis, MN. As an advocate for new music, she was deeply involved with Great Noise Ensemble, an award winning new music ensemble in DC. She was a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Virginia Opera, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and the National Gallery Orchestra. She has appeared in concerts in a variety of venues around the country, ranging from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery of Art, to the Artisphere art space in Arlington, VA, and the Black Cat nightclub in DC. Two three-week tours with the celebrated Mantovani Orchestra took her to several cities in China. Since relocating here from the Washington D.C. metro area, she has increased her focused on her work as an archetier.
After completing her studies with Sally Chisholm and Tyrone Greive at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, she received her Bachelor’s degrees in music and Spanish, graduating with honors. Annelisa earned her Master’s degree in Viola Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, studying with George Taylor.
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 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.
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.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Innocenti Strings are LEGITIMATE! When it came time for the real deal they absolutely delivered.
The fact that they can perform all these crazy pop/rock tunes at cocktail hour put things over the top.
I highly recommend them!"