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SAN DIEGO, CA

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Make your occasion memorable with San Diego Wedding Musicians!

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Looking to hire a string quartet for your event? You’ve come to the right place!

Our music ensembles are based locally, so our musicians know and love San Diego as much as you do. As a city with a thriving music scene and people who love to have 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 San Diego, such as The Pannikin Building, LUCE on Kettner, and Rancho Bernardo Inn, to name a few. Planning something a little farther out? From Carlsbad to La Mesa to Chula Vista, we’d be delighted to be part of your wedding or special occasion in the San Diego area.

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 the San Diego area. 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

Wondering how far we’ll travel? If the destination is less than 25 miles away from downtown San Diego (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.

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Planning a San Diego 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.

Hear From Our Clients

“Innocenti Strings was amazing to work with, and so so good at their craft. We had nostalgic songs from our childhood to renditions of modern music that kept our guests grooving away during cocktail hour. They have an extensive music library and also learned a specific song as I walked down the aisle - I'll never forget that moment... they're kind, easy to work with, flexible!”

- 03/25/2023 by Francesca on Wedding Wire

 

“Innocenti Strings provided the music for before and during our ceremony. They have an extensive collection of songs to choose from and were flexible in letting us pick additional songs as well. The musicians were lovely, and we got lots of compliments from guests on the music! We are glad we worked with them.”

- 04/2023/2017 by Christine P. on Wedding Wire


 

“I was planning our daughter’s wedding and chose to have a string quartet for the first half of the wedding. I came across Innocenti Strings. Called and received a call back that evening. Anna was very helpful and right away I felt that Innocenti Strings was it! It’s been a week since the wedding and the guest are still talking about the string quartet, vocalist, and the compositions selected for the wedding with rock selections for cocktail hour. All absolutely made the wedding special.” 

- 05/20/2023 by Cherly S. on Wedding Wire


 

“My mother was in contact with Anna of Innocenti, and she was so wonderful to work with. She and my mom came together to create the perfect music for the setting of the wedding. All of our friends and family were so WOWED by the group! They were very nice, very professional and definitely dressed the part! We had the group for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and the pricing and packages were great and easy to choose. They were so wonderful and I would definitely have them at any event I have again!"

- 06/20/2023 by Ireland on Wedding Wire

OUR PACKAGES

FEATURED ARTISTS

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LORIE KIRKELL

Cello

Lorie Kirkell is an acclaimed American cellist, who has developed a glowing career on the West Coast as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber music player. After her studies on the East Coast with distinguished cellists Raya Garbousova and Bernard Greenhouse, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Music at the University of California San Diego. She has appeared as principal cellist with orchestras for the Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Kirkell has performed at the Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway San Diego for National Touring Musical Theater productions, Civic Theater and with many other music organizations such as the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera. She is the Director of the Novellus Ensemble and performs with Caprice Strings and Innocenti Strings. Ms. Kirkell has also performed with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Natalie Cole, Peter Cetera, Luis Miguel, the Moody Blues, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, and others. Ms. Kirkell has been a member of the Grossmont College Music Department Faculty since 2002.

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Heidi Yenney

Violinist

Heidi Yenney was raised in Palo Alto, California, where she was introduced to the world of chamber music at an early age as a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with distinction in performance, from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dorothy Delay.

 

During her years in Boston, she freelanced as both a chamber and orchestral musician. She was a founding member of the New England String Quartet, which had dual residences at both University of Massachusetts Boston and Amherst. The NESQ represented the state of Massachusetts through Young Audiences of America, toured throughout the East Coast and California, and summered with residencies at Tanglewood and Norfolk Music Festivals. They also collaborated with many well-known musicians; most notably clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, jazz pianist Fred Hersch and cellists Colin Carr and Yo-Yo Ma.

 

In addition to her performing life in Boston, Heidi held a post as a faculty member at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she taught private violin and general music, conducted a chamber orchestra, and coached chamber music. She was also a member of the faculty’s Essex String Quartet.

Heidi’s passion for music and composers is inspiring. As she puts it: “There are several composers that I really enjoy for different reasons. Schumann is natural and passionate, Brahms is soothing and romantic, Bach is pure and spiritual, Mozart is optimistic and full of life, Beethoven is crafted to perfection and gets you in the gut…” She also loves performing contemporary classical music and feels it brings a new, fresh perspective to her performances of the older compositions.

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Erdis Maxhelaku 

Cellist

Erdis Maxhelaku started playing cello at the age of seven in his home country of Albania. He continued his musical education in Albania to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in Tirania.  

Erdis’ passion for music has led him not only to different countries but also on a musical journey embracing many types of genres; rock, pop, indie, flamenco, metal, and more. He is a sought recording artist in San Diego, writes and performs his own music, and teaches private lessons. His performing expertise extends beyond the cello to include electric bass, acoustic and electric guitar. Erdis collaborates with many local musicians, utilizing his multi-faceted performing, improvisation, writing, and recording skills.

FEATURED WEDDINGS

AUDIO SAMPLES

Pop /Rock

 

Classical

Air on G String - Bach
Alleluia from Exultate Jubilate - Mozart
Brandenburg - Bach
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
All Of Me - John Legend
Bohemian Rhapsody - QUEEN

The rest of our audio samples can be found here.

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!"

Featured Vendors & Event Planners

Event Planners

Venues

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  • At Your Side

  • Coastyle Events

  • Day of Love

  • Hannah Smith Events

  • I Do...Weddings & Events

  • Joie de Vivre Weddings and Events

  • Lavish Weddings

  • Monarch Weddings

  • San Diego Events Company

  • The Best Wedding for You

  • WED

  • Willmus Weddings

  • Wynn Austin Events

  • Ivory & Lace Creative Weddings

  • V Party & Event

  • Weddings by Kris

  • Events by Talissa

  • Compass Design Events

  • One Perfect Occasion

  • Wind N Sea Events

  • Shine Wedding Coordination

  • Forever Enchanted Events

  • Moments Remembered Events

  • The Love Brewery

  • Together for Better Weddings & Events

  • The Pannikin Building

  • LUCE on Kettner

  • Rancho Bernardo Inn

  • Morgan Run Club & Resort

  • Westgate Hotel

  • The Carlsbad Windmill by Wedgewood Weddings

  • Cuvier Club

  • Bernardo Heights Country Club

  • Next Level Sailing

  • The Pearl Hotel

  • Horton Grand Hotel

  • Lomas Santa Fe Country Club

  • Riverwalk Golf Club

  • The Crossings at Carlsbad

  • JULEP Venue

  • The Centre

  • Maderas Golf Club

  • BRICK

  • The University Club Atop Symphony Towers

  • Ethereal Gardens

  • The Condor's Nest Ranch

  • The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows

  • Cal-A-Vie

  • Fairmont Grand Del Mar

  • The New Children's Museum

  • Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn

  • Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

  • Vista Valley Country Club

  • Sacred Mountain Julian

  • Building 177

  • Moniker Warehouse

  • Milagro Winery

  • Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant

  • L'Auberge Del Mar

  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines

  • La Jolla Woman's Club

  • La Valencia Hotel

  • The Wood Shed by Booze Brothers

  • Junipero Serra Museum

  • Spanish Village Art Center

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