New York, NY
Make your occasion memorable with New York City wedding Musicians!
Looking to hire a string quartet for your event? You’ve come to the right place!
The Music You Know and Love
Whether you’re looking for the songs you love to sing along to or the ones you’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle to, we can play them all! With an extensive, genre-spanning music library, we can perform everything from modern pop hits to classical favorites.
Highly Experienced Musicians
Innocenti Strings music ensembles include some of the most trusted and well-respected live musicians in New York. Beyond that, our mission is to make the whole experience as easy and enjoyable as possible for you, so we’ll help you with everything from choosing your ensemble to selecting your music to setting everything up on the day of your event.
Where We’ll Travel
Our music ensembles are based locally, so our musicians know and love New York as much as you do. As a city with a lively music scene and people who are all about having a good time, we know how to set the tone to make sure you and your guests have the best experience possible. In fact, clients have rated us as “excellent” 99% of the time—something we’re incredibly proud of. Whether your event is in the city or the suburbs, we’d love to be part of your milestone moment. We’ve been thrilled to play in venues all throughout New York City.
Wondering how far we’ll travel? If the destination is less than 25 miles away from New York City (as determined by Google Maps), it will be free. For destinations 25+ miles away, there will be a small fee per musician.
Though typically the farthest we’ll travel is 2-3 hours each way in a day, we have an incredible network of musicians in cities across the country, so we can help connect you with one of our ensembles that’s closest to you.
Planning a New York wedding?
We’d be honored to be part of your big day! We can also play for any and every kind of special event, including anniversaries, birthday parties, corporate functions, holiday gatherings, and bar and bat mitzvahs. See our Wedding and Special Events pages to learn more.
Perhaps the only cellist to have ridden a bicycle across the continental United States, Kirin McElwain has a knack for finding cellos to practice on in the unlikeliest of geographic locations. That said, she is still on the lookout for a travel cello capable of being strapped to the back of her bicycle.
Passionate about performing the music of our time, Kirin’s current focus is power : capacity : agency, a multi-year commissioning and performance project on the theme of power. Kirin is also a frequent collaborator within the New York City dance community, working with dancer/improviser Sarah Chien and compositional improvisation company The Lovelies. Kirin has been a collaborator at Mark Morris Dance Center, the Joffrey Ballet School, and Ohio University and has presented work at the Never Before Never Again Festival and on the Royal Jelly series at Triskelion Arts.
Kirin has shared the stage with with pianist Judith Gordon, John Vanderslice, Boyz II Men, tune-yards, and Vulfpeck. She was the cellist for the world premiere of “Almost Morning” by Jeff Beal (House of Cards) at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater. Since June 2015, she has been the cellist for the indie rock band Miracles of Modern Science, with whom she has toured the United States, Canada, and Sweden. Kirin has been featured on Indiana Public Radio, the University of Rochester’s WRUR, Portland’s XRAYfm, and UC Berkley’s KALX.
Kirin holds a B.A. in Economics from Smith College and a M.M. from Temple University. Kirin lives in Brooklyn, NY in an apartment full of cellos and bicycles.
Classically trained, she is conscious of bringing the highest level of artistry to all that she is a part of, whether it be classical, new-classical, pop, rock, jazz, or any kind of fusion. She enjoys a versatile career performing with orchestras, theater shows, traditional and non-traditional chamber ensembles, new music groups, rock bands, singer-songwriters, and any unique projects in-between. Keep scrolling for more info on Tara's schooling, training, and some of her favorite famous people she has played with!
As an educator, Tara is passionate about teaching and working with students of all ages and levels. She teaches on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in Park Slope, Queens College Preparatory in Flushing, Suzuki on the Island in Manhasset, and the JCC Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. Tara is a certified Suzuki teacher and received her training from Pamela Devenport through the School for Strings, as well as Tanya Carey and Barbara Wampner. See Tara's Lessons Page for more info on her teaching!
Tara is a member of the cello duo The Whiskey Girls and the post-rock instrumental trio You Bred Raptors, and is a sought-after session musician for composing, arranging and recording string parts. A board member of the Violoncello Society of NYC, Tara is excited to help rebuild a historic cello society into a current and vibrant community of cellists (and cello lovers) in the NYC area!
Natalia Remis is a violinist from Miami, Florida who now resides in New York City. She studied with Vivian Gonzalez and at the New World School of the Arts, from where she graduated in 2010, and at the Meadowmount School of Music, where she studied with Sally Thomas. Though classically trained, she loves to play tango and Irish traditional music, and dabbles in mandolin.
Brooklyn-based cellist Tim Leonard comes from a diverse musical background, having played in orchestras, jazz groups, rock bands, new music ensembles, and musical theater. He now works to bring all those experiences together, which has led him to perform with musicians like Peter Serkin, Jay-Z, Joseph Lin of the Juilliard Quartet, Pink Martini, as well as members of ICE and Brooklyn Rider. Tim recently completed his master’s degree at Queens College in the studio of Marcy Rosen, where he performed Bernstein’s Three Meditations from MASS with orchestra. A passionate proponent of new music, Tim has premiered new works at New Music Gathering, Spectrum NYC, and Brevard Music Center. You can find Tim out hiking or cooking at home.
Taya Ricker is an avid chamber, orchestral, and jazz musician and has performed in the US, Canada, and Europe.
As an orchestral musician Ms. Ricker has been a member of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra and also served as Associate Concertmaster in the Western Piedmont Symphony. She has also performed in the violin sections of the Asheville, Richmond (Virginia) Symphony, and the Wintergreen Summer Festival Orchestras. She appears on the Grammy nominated recording of ‘Children of Adam’, a work commissioned by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra for their 60th anniversary, by Mason Bates.
Taya enjoys collaborating with musicians in all genres and has performed with many artists including Look Homeward, Falls, Jacob Whitesides, Molly Ringwald, PJ Morton. She can also be found on albums by Between the Buried and Me, Anne-Claire and the Wild Mystics, and Buffalo Rose, and has been a regular guest performer with the UNCG Jazz Ensembles I and II.
She currently is a member of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, an associate musician in the Columbus Symphony (Ohio), a core member of the Pittsburgh-based contemporary music ensemble Alia Musica, and a violinist in the genre-bending Nu Deco Ensemble.
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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!"