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Our Pittsburgh 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.

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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 Pittsburgh based music leader will be in contact with you to finalize all the details before your important occasion.

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We have performed music for hundreds of events over the years, receiving several awards, establishing Innocenti Strings as the Pittsburgh ensemble for live entertainment.

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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.


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Katia Janpoladyan


Armenian born cellist received her BA in Yerevan, Armenia. Highly acclaimed by international critics, she performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, France, Lebanon, Austria, Italy, China and US. She is a winner of the Pierre Lantier International Chamber Music Competition in Paris, France. Ms. Janpoladyan has performed as a chamber musician with the faculty members of the major universities, such as Rice University, College-Conservatory of Music, at University of Cincinnati Miami University and Juilliard school of music. Currently Ms. Janpoladyan is a member of the Baur String Quartet which is a fellowship quartet in residence at College-Conservatory of Music. She received her MM in College-Conservatory of Music, and currently pursuing her Doctorate. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, working on her Doctoral research.

Pittsburgh - Vanya Mateeva

Vanya Mateeva


Vanya Mateeva started playing the violin at the age of four and a half. She holds Diploma of Secondary Specialized Education in Violin Performance and has completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Violin Performance. Furthermore, Ms Mateeva has studied with Stephen Rose, Principal Second Violin of the Cleveland Orchestra. Ms. Mateeva’s concert activities include performances at major concert venues in Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, Japan, etc.


Since 2005 she has been living in Pittsburgh where she has been performing with many ensembles in the area, among which the Pittsburgh Opera and the Pittsburgh Ballet orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony, the McKeesport Symphony, and the Westmoreland Symphony as the Principal Second Violin.

In addition, Ms. Mateeva has been playing for weddings and many other special events.

Pittsburgh - Dimitrika Tuturilova

Dimitrika Tuturilova


The young Bulgarian violinist Dimitrika Tuturilova  started playing the violin at age four. She has performed in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Japan, US. Since her arrival in the United States, she has performed with the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster as well as with Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Spoleto Music Festival US, Erie Philharmonic, Sofia Philharmonic, New Symphony Orchestra.

She attended Duquesne University while pursuing the very competitive Artist Diploma. She pursued her Bachelor’s Degree at the National Music Academy “P. Vladigerov” (Sofia, Bulgaria) studying with Professor Evelina Arabadjieva. Miss Tuturilova currently studies with Christopher Wu, First violin in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  She has attended Master classes with Professor Yfrah Neaman, Kevork Mardirossian, Kevin Lawrence, and Maria Radicheva. She has won International Competitions as violinist, “Young Music Talents” (Sofia, Bulgaria), Special Prize of the Strings Department (2002), “The Beach of Hope” (Albena, Bulgaria) 2nd prize and medal (1998).  As a composer - World Harp Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, Author’s Composition, selected to present Eastern European Music (2002); “The Music on the New Millenium” (Sofia, Bulgaria), Prize 2000, (1999). And chamber group “Hopes, Talent, Masters” (Dobrich, Bulgaria) Special Prize for original ensemble (violin and harp) (2000)

Pittsburgh - Barney Culver

Barney Culver


Barney Culver started playing the cello at the age of 3.  He received a Bachelor of Music from University of Michigan and  Master in Cello performance at Carnegie Mellon University. His teachers include Nina de Veritch, Anthony Elliott, Anne Martindale Williams, David Premo, Hans Jorgen Jensen.

Mr. Culver is an accomplished and respected cellist in the classical world. Among many orchestral positions, he was the Principal Cellist at University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra. Assistant Principal Cellist at The Point Chamber Ensemble and Akron Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic. Mr. Culver also performed with Sarasota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, New World Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony, Pittsburgh Live Chamber Ensemble, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, Cuarteto LatinoAmericano, Latshaw Productions Swing City Orchestra, and Pittsburgh City Theater.

An accomplished Chamber Musicians, Barney Culver performed concerts and recitals in a string quartet setting from China to the Avery Fisher Hall in NYC. His summer music festival includes: Madeline Island Music Camp, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and National Repertory Orchestra. Culver was a finalist in, President’s Own Marine Band, a semi-finalist at Fort Worth Symphony, a Finalist at Rochester Philharmonic and a finalist a West Virginia Symphony, associate principal audition.

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Matt Pickart


Violinist and violist Matt Pickart is an avid freelancer in the Pittsburgh area. He currently plays as principal viola in the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with Wheeling Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Quantum Theatre, Latshaw Pops Orchestra, Altoona Symphony, Children’s Festival Chorus, and the Bach Choir on violin and viola. He is a founding member of Cinquefoil Ensemble, ensemble in residence at First Lutheran Church of Pittsburgh. 2011, marks his first season as the new violist of Alia Musica, one of Pittsburgh’s premier new music ensembles. He also plays violin for the band Mother Sun. Outside of Pittsburgh, Matt has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Duomo in Florence, recital halls in Germany and the Netherlands, on tour with Barry Manilow in Canada, and has had a recording of his aired on National Russian Radio.

Matt completed his Master’s of Music Degree at Duquesne University in 2010 under the tutelage of world-renowned violinist and pedagogue Sidney Harth, former concertmaster of Chicago, Los Angeles, and Louisville Symphony Orchestras and New York Philharmonic. While at Duquesne, Matt served as co-concertmaster and principal second violin of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra and as first violinist of the graduate string quartet on a full graduate assistantship. In the fall of 2009, he was selected as one of the winners of the school concerto competition and performed Zigeunerweisen with the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra that December. In his last year at Duquesne, he was chosen as a founding member of the new music ensemble, Accidental Collective.

We are currently in the process of holding auditions. If you are a professional string players and are interested in joining Innocenti Strings, please email pascal@innocentiquatet.com for more information.



A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All Of Me - John Legend
Bohemian Rhapsody - QUEEN


Air on G String - Bach
Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
Brandenburg - Bach

The rest of our audio samples can be found here.


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"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!"

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