The event season of 2018 came to its end. Last year was again very busy with many awesome events and weddings around the world! I am so glad that I had the opportunity of working with the best people in the event industry! It’s already hard to remember where I performed this year; I’ve been to so many places!
I started writing this blog at my friend’s apartment in Miami a few days after my wedding at the Versace Mansion. For this wedding, I arranged a string quartet for the wedding ceremony & cocktail hour and a wedding band with DJ for the reception. My friend, Jan was photographing this wedding and also took the photo of my group below. This is a such a cool venue with a beautiful swimming pool. Of course, the bride and the groom along with their wedding guest ended up swimming in the pool.
At the beginning of the year, I had a wedding at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with wedding planner Stacey Feldman and her company Peacock Premier Events. I’ve never seen a wedding ceremony starting after sunset. I’ve heard wedding ceremonies after sunset
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I also went to a small town in Canada called Banff to meet the members of the Engage! family. As always I took viola with me, and as always we took a photo together.
In July I spent a week in Ibiza. It’s a beautiful island that belongs to Spain, well known for the club scene and the electronic music. This island also with Mallorca are popular European wedding destinations. I performed at an intimate celebrity wedding of a British couple at a private residence.
Right before I went to Ibiza my friend’s daughter was getting married in Slovakia, near Bratislava. The wedding ceremony was in the forest, at the Hotel Zochova Chata. I performed there with my string quartet.
I also went to Prague to perform during proposals with a string quartet. The couple was from Thailand and they had proposals at the Lobkowicz Palace. So romantic! The groom also hired a choir! The event coordinator was from Vienna, Austria.
Talking about Austria, my last wedding in Europe this year was in Mondsee at the Basilica St Michael. You probably know this venue from the movie “Sound of Music“. Here is a short video from the wedding ceremony.
At the end of September, I traveled with my wedding orchestra to perform at a wedding in Aspen. I already worked with Virginia Edelson last year when she brought us to Aspen for the first time. Virginia is the owner of the wedding planning firm based in Snowmass called Blue Bird Production. This year she asked me to arrange musicians for another awesome wedding, this time at the Chaparral Ranch. You won’t believe who was the client! It was Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead! Phil’s son got married and we serenaded his wedding ceremony and performed a two-hour set during dinner service. What an elegant wedding!
One week later I traveled to Augusta, Georgia to perform at another wedding with my string quartet. It was just cocktail hour performance, but I was very excited about this wedding because I’ve never been to Augusta, GA and this town was on my bucket list. It’s a very interesting town… and I have to say that I really like the clock at the airport, and I’ll never ever rent a truck!
The wedding coordinator was Tara Guérard, a super nice wedding planner from Charleston. Tara has also an office in New York City. She was actually my first client who hired the orchestra for a wedding! That wedding was in Charleston at the Gaillard Auditorium.
I’ve done several corporate events, mostly in New York City and in Washington DC. In New York City at the Cipriani on Broadway, I arranged a female electric string quartet and a saxophone player. This event was a Gala Dinner for the Qatar Airways. The company was celebrating the 10th anniversary of being on the US market. Alicia Keys was there too! She performed a 45 minutes concert at the end of the night
December I spent in Europe. I had a Christmas concert tour in Ireland with my friends, two famous violinists Anton & Vladimir. We had several sold out concerts including two soldout shows at the National Concert hall in Dublin.