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It was such a great experience working with Slava and International Strings! These guys are top-notch professionals, attentive to details and quick to respond to our emails and calls. On the wedding day the ceremony music was just perfection and then they really spiced things up for the cocktail hour with their exciting mix of styles. Lots of finger snapping and toe-tapping from the guests - just what we were looking for. Hire these guys, you won't regret it!
Lindsay, 7/7/18, Napa Valley, Napa, CA

I wanted to thank you so much for playing at our wedding. You all did such a wonderful job. The music was beautiful and exactly what we had envisioned for our special day. I will keep your contact information for any future events we may have.
Erin S., 6/24/18; Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, MA

International Strings provided the music for my daughter’s wedding and for part of the reception. They were wonderful. The processional music was lovely. My daughter wanted a special song accompanied with my niece’s singing the vocals for her first dance with her husband and they were able to coordinate it beautifully, demonstrating flexibility and professionalism. I recommend them highly.
Joanne G., 6/10/2018, Three Village Inn, Stony Brook, NY

Excellent. Our guests loved them. The room was not huge and the musicians played just at the right volume. Thanks so much!
Arlene S, 4/29/2018, Brittingham’s, Lafayette Hill, PA

2nd year we have had International Strings for our Holiday Party and they were wonderful. Everyone commented on how great the music was. See you next year!
Agnes M, 12/13/2017, New England Research Institutes; Watertown, MA

The International Strings played for my December wedding and they were AMAZING! Slava, the manager, was very easy to get ahold of and flexible. We changed our mind multiple times and even asked to add another musician last minute, which he was able to accommodate. They played for our ceremony and then packed up their instruments and relocated to the cocktail hour, which was just a short walk across the street but it was snowing! They are a talented group of people and have a long list of songs to choose from which they play so well! We received SO many complements on them! Highly recommend!
Cassandra, 12/9/17, Harvard Club / Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA

I want to take this opportunity to tell you that the musicians were simply sensational last night. The venue for my birthday party is a rather intimate space and so the musicians were an integral part of the evening. There were times when I just wanted to listen to them and forget about my role as host for the Party. My guests could not stop commenting on how wonderful the music was. I believe music is a key component of putting together an evening like this and they truly exceeded my expectations. The variety of the song selections, the incredible musicianship and their accompanying my friend, Cecil, on What a Wonderful World, just brought the house down.
Timothy G., 11/18/2017, Birthday Party, Town Hall Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

International Strings was absolutely amazing at my engagement party in NYC. There were talented and professional. Moreover, it was a breeze working with Slava to coordinate everything! I highly recommend them!
Piatra P., 10/15/2017, The Four Seasons Hotel, New York, NY

Highly recommend International Strings. Slava is very professional, prompt to return calls and made song recommendations for my son and daughter in law's wedding ceremony at The Old South Meeting House in Boston. Beautiful music was played prior to the ceremony. The guests are still raving about how wonderful the musicians were prior, during and after the ceremony. I hope to have another occasion real soon to use the International Strings musicians. Book them, you will love them. They are truly the best musicians you will find.
Nancy S., 10/13/2017, The Old South Meeting House, Boston, MA

My company has booked International Strings three times for corporate events and hoping to book them a third time. They are very pleasant to work with and put on a great performance. Right from our first event with them people literally stayed longer than any of our events prior just to listen and watch them play. I would highly recommend them, very appropriate for corporate events.
Julia S., 10/9/2017, Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA

Wow! Professional, on-time, great musicians and very friendly. Would recommend them anytime.
Philip M, 10/1/17, Cocktail Party, Oak Park Conservatory

International Strings played for our wedding. Without having seen our ceremony we were able to communicate enough that they played the music exactly to the length we needed for the procession and it ended perfectly with me (the bride) just getting to my spot at the front. Throughout the night they played the perfect music for each phase--cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing with an exciting piece that got all of us up and dancing to close down the night. We had compliments from so many guests on how wonderful the musicians were. Truly a professional and fun group!
Caitlin H., 9/30/2017, Historic House, Alexandria, VA

You guys were the hit of the party - got everyone off to an awesome start!  Thanks for working with me and being flexible - but most of all for making those Greek songs so genuine and believable! You guys are the best!
Rose L., 8/12/17, The Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield MA

These musicians were great. They met all of our expectations and I would recommend International Strings to anyone wanting to take their event from ordinary to elegant.
Maryanna M., 7/29/2017, Tyler arboretum, Media, PA

We hired International Strings for my husband's parents 90th birthday party. They came on time, professionally dressed, and played wonderfully. We would absolutely hire them again .
Heidi D., 6/12/2017, Back yard , heated tent, Port Washington, WI

We had a wonderful Wedding Ceremony because of the beautiful music the violinist played for us. He was on time, professional, and an experienced performer. We would highly recommend International Strings to anyone for special occasions.
Kimberly, 5/20/17, Wedding, Atkinson Resort & Country Club, Atkinson, NH

The musicians were professional and very talented. A number of people in my group commented how much they enjoyed the International Strings and how much they added to our event. I would recommend them without reservation.
Chad B., 5/12/2017, Maritime Conference Center, Linthicum Heights, MD

Our musicians were remarkable in every way. They arrived early, practiced with a vocalist who was a member of the wedding party, set up and played in the chapel, then quickly and discreetly relocated to the reception and dining area and resumed playing. They added two songs that we requested which were not on their playlist and performed them flawlessly. We asked to add a cellist and the group played as though they had been together forever. We cannot sing their praises high enough. Thank you International Strings. You made it a beautiful event we will all remember.
Martha M., 3/11/2017, Ethereal Open Air Resort, Escondido, CA

Thank you so much, International Strings made our holiday party. Everyone loved the music and I've already been letting people know that I recommend Gigmasters for all parties. Looking forward to next year.
Agnes M, 12/7/2016, Office Holiday Party, Watertown, MA

This quartet is clearly a group of talented group of musicians whose musical selections are best geared toward true music enthusiasts. The band was excellent with communication prior to our wedding, they arrived promptly and played with great energy throughout our event.
Loren, 11/6/16, New Bedford Inn, Bedford, NH

All three were truly talented. They began early and played more recent and upbeat songs. All of our guests were quite impressed and so were we. International Strings gave out a very sophisticated impression which was exactly what we were trying to achieve. They played beautifully, were engaging and energetic. We would certainly hire them again for any future events we have.
Shallon G., 11/1/2016, Corporate Function, Jersey City, NJ

We wanted to say thank you to your whole group for such a great performance last night! The Ritz said that International Strings was one of the best bands they have had at their venue! Many of the attendees were overheard talking about how great the band was as well. Thank you so much for providing awesome entertainment, and we will definitely keep you in mind for future events. 
Noelle V, Corporate Function, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, BOSTON, MA ON 10.9.16

Gorgeous arrangements on the music. Prompt, professional players.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND this group for your wedding!
Troy S, Wedding, THREE OAKS, MI ON 9/17/2016

Amazing performance! Such a high level of professionalism and overall musicianship - we couldn't be happier. Int'l Strings provided music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Their playing, how they looked, communicated with us and the venue coordinators - everything was perfect. Our ocean themed wedding took place in Ipswich, MA. Having this outstanding group of musicians was the highlight of the night!
Linda M, Wedding Ceremony, IPSWICH, MA ON 9/16/2016

Excellent, excellent, excellent! The band members were very easy to interact with and the music they played was so beautiful. All my guests enjoyed it. Thank you.
Sheron M, Corporate Function, Museum of Fine Arts, BOSTON, MA ON 9/15/2016

The musicians were excellent and so accommodating. Their music made our evening so very special. Our guests raved about the music selections and the musicians' talent. On a scale of 1-5 they were a 10! Highly recommend! Thank you, International Strings, for making our event so very lovely.
Loretta C, Rehearsal Dinner, CHATHAM, MA ON 9/9/2016

The string music for the ceremony and cocktail hour was something that was very important to us at our wedding. Slava was extremely easy to communicate with and always responded almost immediately. The whole process was very simple and the quick response time made me confident in my choice to hire these musicians. Our guests raved about the music, especially the contemporary covers they played during the cocktail hour. I only wish we hadn't spent so much time taking pictures so that we could have heard more of the music ourselves!! A huge thank you to International Strings for being a part of our special day!!
Caroline M, Wedding, BRETTON WOODS, NH ON 8/13/2016

The musicians arrived to the event early, they were very professional and dressed as we requested, they started on time and played throughout our event without a hitch. The music was phenomenal and we all agreed we would just love to keep them here to play for us full-time;-) It was an outdoor event and to have their beautiful tunes wafting out over the lake was such an added benefit to a wonderful evening. We couldn't be happier with every aspect of our choice of International Strings!! Thank you all!!
Beryl L, Celebration, Wealth Management Fund, BELGRADE, ME ON 8/6/2016

They were absolutely fantastic. My guests were dignitaries and everyone raved about the music. International Strings has a talent for many different styles of music and play them all with excellence. They are truly gifted.
Sandra O, Corporate Function, BOSTON, MA ON 8/5/2016

The International Strings were amazing. Our venue was The Harvard Museum of Natural History Museum and they didn't allow dancing so we had to be creative with our entertainment. Slava Tolstoy and The International Strings set a beautiful upbeat tone with many styles of music. Our guests were thrilled. We were thrilled. They helped make our daughters wedding a fun and elegant affair. They were more than we hoped for.
Mary R, Wedding, CAMBRIDGE, MA ON 7/30/2016

From the moment I found this amazing group online I knew - they will make my wedding so special with their music! They were very attentive to my requests - I had asked to prepare 3 specific songs that weren’t on their list and they performed them so well, as if they’ve been playing them forever! The performance was out of this world, I keep hearing from my friends how much they loved the music. From the bottom of my heart – thank you Slava and International Strings team for sharing your talents with us!
Jessica K, Wedding Ceremony, BOSTON, MA ON 7/09/2016

Slava and the International Strings did an outstanding job on our big day. Communication process was easy, we were offered so many songs to choose from. On the day of the wedding the trio arrived early, looked great, and played beautifully. I would highly recommend them!
Sarah W, Wedding, NEWTON MA ON 6/12/2016

International Strings played for the cocktail hour of our 20th anniversary party at Brooklyn Historical Society on June 4, 2016 and they were terrific - the best. The trio played a lively mix of gypsy jazz for our 120 family and friends, providing the perfect opening soundtrack to our special night. They delivered exactly what they promised with style, charm and grace. We highly recommend International Strings for any event and will definitely be referring people to them in the future. -Brian & Ryan
Brian W. , Anniversary Party, BROOKLYN, NY ON 6/4/2016

Two separate events a rehearsal dinner as well is the cocktail party after the wedding ceremony the second day. Showed up early were ready to go when the guests arrived, everybody loved the music, they were very professional, top-notch. I highly recommend them for your event.
RONALD G, Rehearsal Dinner, ASHBURN, VA ON 5/6/2016

They did a great job. Played the exact genre of music we were looking for (mid 40's jazz) and was perfect background music. Event was for 850 ppl in a ballroom.
David M, Corporate Function,  CHICAGO, IL ON 10/8/2015

We had a great experience with International Strings. This was our second time booking them because we like them so much.
Meg A, Graduation Party, BOSTON, MA ON 8/20/2015

International Strings did a great job at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. They were very easy to work with, and everything that they played sounded great! I'm so glad that we hired them and I couldn't have been happier with how well they did. I would love to hire them again for another event when I have more time to enjoy the music myself!!
Katelyn B, Wedding, CAMBRIDGE, MA ON 8/7/2015

The manager was very professional in his dealings with me and the wedding coordinator. Extremely satisfied and recommend this group highly.
Linda S, Wedding Ceremony, BOSTON, MA ON 7/25/2015

Wow, what a great performance! We hired International Strings for our rehearsal dinner and they went above and beyond our expectations. They even leaned few of our favorite songs on such a short notice. All of our guests keep raving about the band and I am recommending them to everybody. Thank you so much for making it happen and for your wonderful music!
Anna G, Private Party, HINSDALE, IL ON 6/19/2015

Not only would I recommend them, several people at our wedding reception are going to use them for other events. I made a time line of specific songs for the wedding ceremony and they stayed right on cue without interruption. people at the wedding thought it was choreographed and rehearsed because it flowed so perfectly. Fact is, they were so good at their craft they transitioned the music to flow with us. By the way, there was no rehearsal. if you don't see your special song on their list, just ask. Ours was Unchained Melody and there wasn't a dry eye in the place.. So yes, by all means if you want Stunning music book them; you will not be disappointed.
Kenneth T. , Wedding Ceremony, WOODBURY, NJ ON 5/22/2015

Easy to book, quick and simple communications. Effortless. Thanks ever so much!
Harriet S, Awards Night Party in New York, NY on 10/23/2014
International Strings were terrific in every way. They arrived on time, were professional and most importantly sounded great. They even learned a new song for us that wasn't on their list! I highly recommend them.
Ryan S, Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in Brooklyn, NY on 9/27/2014

Slava was very easy to work with and very patient and accommodating. The music was amazing and everyone raved about their talent and song selections. They played our ceremony and cocktail hour, they are such a talented group and I'd definitely recommend them to anyone!!!
Meredith M, Wedding ceremony and reception East Boothbay, ME on 8/31/2014
They were amazing. The quality and variety of music was excellent. They were polite, early, and very professional. I would highly recommend them.
Nicole C, Wedding ceremony in Bristol, RI on 08/02/2014
Professional appearance, wonderful artists, arrived on time, compliments from all of our guests, totally satisfied
Don T, Birthday Party in Stow, MA Stow, MA on 7/19/2014
The music was perfection. Many guests specifically mentioned how much they enjoyed the very talented musicians. Thank you, International Strings!
Mary G, Wedding Reception in Bernardsville, NJ on 4/26/2014
International Strings exceeded my expectations and our guests couldn't stop raving about their talent! Their repertoire is astonishing as they seamlessly flow through all of musical genres and generations. We loved how they set the mood for all parts of the night. So happy to have found these incredible musicians who created such a wonderful ambience for our most special day.
Nicole T, Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in Palm Springs, CA on 4/6/2013
My husband and have to share this with all who are thinking of using Int. Strings - we were extremely picky searching for a string trio for our wedding. They went above and beyond to play songs that they didn't normally play. (when other groups flat out said NO) The quality of their musicians couldn't have been any better! They sounded incredible and were very professional. We were so happy to have found and chose them!
Jeannie R, Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in Thousand Oaks, CA on 2/7/2014
We recently had International Strings perform during our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and everyone loved their music. We are especially grateful for this special romantic feature in our wedding. They were very accommodating and easy to work with.
Diana D, Wedding ceremony in New Hope, PA on 1/17/2014

Tarana S., Wedding Ceremony in Marina del Rey, CA on 10/19/2013
Dear International Strings! You did such a great job! Thank you very much for your help with entertaining our guests at the wedding. We all enjoyed your playing.
Lev and Vicky V., Wedding Ceremony and cocktail hour, Topsfield, MA on 10/12/13
We had an outdoor wedding event that required two location set-ups. Slava and his group executed the location and musical changes with ease. We received many comments from our guests on the quality of the music. Indeed the band has such a large playlist the bride and groom were able to choose a style of music for each location, in addition to specific songs. The atmosphere that live musicians create cannot be equaled by any other means!
Julia D., Wedding in Bristol, NH on 09/22/2013
The International Strings were perfect! I received a lot of feedback from the guests commenting on the bands talent. I have a lot of musical and artistic family and friends who are critics... everyone loved them :) They were on time, dressed as discussed and well rehearsed. I would recommend them to anyone.
Christylee S., Wedding Ceremony and full reception in Narragansett, RI on 09/21/2013

Professional, Timely and Amazing!!! I would highly recommend them as there was not much coordination needed and they did an amazing job. Slava, the coordinator, was responsive and everything went smoothly. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Raymond L, Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in New York, NY on 09/14/2013
Thank you so much, International Strings for playing our ceremony and cocktail hour on Friday! You guys were great and everyone loved the music!
Sara and Mark G., Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, Waltham, MA on 9/6/13
I was overjoyed with their performance. They showed up early and were very accommodating. The event was a success and I plan on doing it again next year.
James G., Birthday Party in Easton, PA on 08/31/2013
I was very impressed with International Strings, and after hearing them play last weekend, I have become one of their biggest fans! Their song list was vast and diverse. They played at a perfect volume for the venue and were flexible to handle any request. As an event and wedding Planner at Drinkwater Weddings, I look forward to another opportunity to seek out International Strings to play at one of our special events. - Angela B., Wedding ceremony and full reception in York, ME on 08/24/2013
International Strings set the perfect tone for our cocktail reception. - Heather P., Cocktail Party in Boston, MA on 06/24/2013
They were amazing and so easy to work with. The performance during ceremony and cocktail hour at my wedding was perfect. I highly recommend International Strings!
Gina S., Wedding Ceremony in Farmingdale, NY on 06/08/2013
We used International Strings for our International Senior Reception at Wellesley College. They were easy to deal with, incredibly professional, and best of all - extremely talented musicians! Slava was great coordinating the details before the event. They arrived on time and played throughout the duration of the event, including towards the end when most guests had left. Their music was the perfect accompaniment for our reception - a mix of soothing world music. I would, without hesitation, recommend booking them for any event you may be hosting. I will definitely be working with them again in the future. Thanks guys!
Kelly W., Graduation Party in Wellesley, MA on 05/30/2013
They were great. Wonderful music, professionally attired, arrived early. We highly recommend them.
Anne K., Wedding Ceremony in Pasadena, CA on 05/26/2013
Dear International Strings, I hope it was obvious from everyone at yesterday's event that we very much appreciated your music and talent.  My parents were so pleased with your performance, they could not stop telling me! They said it could not have been any more perfect! I will speak of you often to all my friends and various organizations that I come in contact with.
Tanya U., Wedding Anniversary, Cambridge, MA on 5/12/13
I wanted to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful performance. You are amazing musicians. I recommended your trio to a lot of my friends.
Inna G., Wedding Ceremony and cocktail hour, Boston, MA on 4/28/13

International Strings were a pleasure to work with. They are an incredibly talented group and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Our guests were blown away by them and our wedding would not have been the same without them!
Rachel L., Wedding Ceremony in Mechanicsville, MD on 04/27/2013
We wanted thank the International Strings for making our day truly special and beautiful! Bravo! The music set the tone for the most memorable day of our lives and our guests loved every moment. Walking down the aisle to the most sweeping romantic music... It was all a lovely dream! We thank you once again!
Marguerite D., Wedding in Bethlehem, PA on 03/09/2013
Slava and his violinist were both exceptional musicians. Our staff is still talking about how great the music was at this year's holiday dessert social for employees. Definitely would recommend for any size group or event. Our event had approximately 3,000 employees over the 3 hour event period.
Julie M, Holiday Party in Boston, MA on 12/05/2012

The trio was fantastic in every way. They were there early with plenty of time to set up and warm up, sounded great, and were very personable. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone looking for this style of music.
Justin Edwards, 9/28/12; Wedding ceremony music, St Clements Castle, Portland, CT

The International Strings played for the ceremony and cocktail hour of my wedding in Philadelphia, PA. They arranged some special requests for the ceremony and were very accommodating. They brought their own equipment and offered a large variety of music. They also allowed us to hand-select their set-list for our event. Everyone enjoyed the music and I would highly highly reccomend this group for any event.
Marcia Webb, 9/16/12, Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, The Moshulu, Philadelphia, PA

They were extremely talented and their music brought a real magic to the event. They were very professional, arriving early, looking great, and playing beautifully. They interacted in a sweet way with the partygoers as well, for example, when a toddler wandered onto the empty dance floor, they began playing Disney's "When You Wish Upon A Star." And when my father-in-law who loves to dance requested a waltz or a tango they came up with just the right music for him. Thank you again for making our party such a success!  Carrie Hudak, 9/15/12, Anniversary Party, The Atrium at Sea Brook Village, Tinton Falls, NJ

The group was great. It was perfect music for our cocktail hour. Thank you.
Chuck Melko, 9/8/12, Cocktail hour, 1840's Plaza, Baltimore, MD

They were awesome! I loved the fact that they were able to play a variety of songs and genres during the cocktail hour. We had only had a conversation with Slava by phone and had never met the trio in person so we didn't know what to expect but they were excellent. In addition to their unbelievable talent, they were on time, flexible, and professional. Thank you, International String Trio, for enhancing the ceremony and cocktail hour with your beautiful music.
Jessica Merenda, 9/2/12, Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA

These guys were amazing I would highly recommend them!
Feedback from the bridal party, 9/1/12; Wedding ceremony music, The Whately Inn, Whately , MA

We are so glad that we found International Strings on GigMasters!! We had an intimate wedding on Nantucket, MA and Slava was a open to travel to the island for the day with his partner (violinist) to play during our wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner reception. We loved their pop music which they were able to incorporate this into the reception music list. They sounded wonderful during the entire event. They were timely and flexible. They even played a special request that a family member sang to for our first dance!! I highly recommend International String Trio for your next event!
Ashley Eckhard, 8/17/12, Wedding ceremony and reception, White Elephant, Nantucket, MA

Just wanted to reach out and tell you how wonderfully you played at my daughter's wedding this past Saturday. We will definitely be recommending your services and fell free to use me as a reference.
Elma Benevenag, 7/7/12, the Palace, Somerset, NJ

I would echo all the positive comments about Int'l Strings I read when I booked them for our wedding. They were professional, curteous, etc - I've gotten great feedback from guests. Perhaps more importantly, my husband surprised me with what was basically a Flashmob during dinner - he secretly sent the lyrics to "Let My Love Open the Door" to every guest at the wedding. For the surprise, the Trio had to enter the building quietly and secretly. They also needed to learn the song, which they did. It was FABULOUS!! What an indescribable feeling to have 75 people standing up and singingto me, with a fabulous string trio to back them up! I highly recommend them.
Cara Hesse, 6/30/12, Wedding ceremony and reception, Whittemore Robbins House, Arlington, MA

I hired International Strings solely based on the reviews on gigmaster and they did not disappoint! They were highly professional (on time, looked the part, great email communication prior to the event) and played beautifully at my outdoor wedding in June of 2012. They even learned a special song that I want to walk down the aisle too. Several people commented on how great they were including friends of mine who are musicians. I picked all the songs I wanted for my ceremony but left the rest of the time (cocktail hour) to them by saying basically "keep it upbeat" and again they did a great job. I would not hesitate to recommend them or hire them again. Hayley Gibson, 6/30/12; Wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, Malibou Lake Mtn Club, Agoura Hills, CA

The best. I was very pleased and I was delighted that so many of the guest also were impressed with the trio. I would recommend the International Strings for any gathering. On such a hectic day for my sister, it was nice to know that the music was not a problem. Music lovers will enjoy the quality and talent of the musicians.
John Barnes, 6/23/12, Wedding, North Sutton, NH

Hello Slava, I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for yesterday.   The professionalism of you and your team made everything run smoothly!  I really appreciate that! Thank you again, and I hope we work together again!
Kelly Jarvis, 6/23/12, coordinator for a wedding at the United States Marine Corps Memorial Chapel, Quantico, VA

Slava and the band were great to work with! Everyone loved their music and I received so many compliments by the end of the night. Being from Texas, they were just the band we needed to give off not only a Boston feel, but a wide variety of sounds as well. Highly recommend them!
Kristel Perry, 6/3/12, Company event at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA

International Strings was amazing. They showed up early to our event, played beautifully for an hour and then played the Game of Thrones theme show song. They were all around great. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Marquis Bell, 6/3/12, Private Party, NYC, NY

Could not have asked for a better group for the event!
Michael Rezendes, 6/1/12, Concert at the Somerset Public Library, Somerset, MA

International Strings performed at our wedding on May 26 of 2012 and I know we have made the perfect choice by inviting them. The guys were very professional, accomodating and respectful. They arrived early to set up, were very attentive to our requests and overall did a perfect job. Their music was amazing and many of our guests have commented on how wonderful the Strings were. Thank you!!!
Dasha Campagna, 5/26/12, Short Hills Country Club, Moline, IL 

.....a group of talented people arrived and played as requested. I only heard compliments from guests.
Louis Smith, 5/26/12, Wedding ceremony and cocktial hour, Adventure Aquqrium, Camden, NJ

Hi Slava! I just wanted to write to thank you for making our party on St. Patrick's Day spectacular!  The music was so fun, festive, and beautifully performed.   We truly appreciated not only the music, but the friendly, polite, and professional demeanor of your trio.  We couldn't have asked for more.  You will be hearing from us for all of our future events... any time we want to make a get-together something truly special. Thanks again!!
Sara Norris, 3/17/12, St. Patricks Party, Cohasset, MA

Did a great job, showed up on time, nice music. Thanks!
Lisa Siderman, 3/13/12, Reception for Congressman Garamendi, Los Angeles, CA

I thought they were fabulous! Elegant, professional, charming, talented - couldn't ask for a better group of musicians. Thanks very much.
April Riccio PR Director Neiman Marcus, 11/17/2011, Private Party, Natick, MA

I was impressed by the group's professionalism, selection of pieces, and musicianship. Many of the guests at our wedding raved about them, too! Would highly recommend them to others!
Christine W, 10/1/2011, Wedding Ceremony, Temecula, CA

This group was a pleasure to work with and we were extremely satisfied with their overall performance for our wedding and reception. They learned a new song for our wedding and played it just perfectly! They were professional in every way. They provided the perfect musical portion of the entire event for us. They have such a large and varied musical catalogue that they played perfect music at each phase of the event. I would definitely recommend them to others and would also use them again! Thanks so much for helping to make our wedding a dream come true!
Rick and Amy Brooks, 9/27/2011, Wedding Ceremony, San Martin, CA

We were completely impressed with the International Stringsand received many compliments from guests.
Ruth H, 9/17/2011, Wedding Ceremony, Sandwich, MA

Very talented; many guests commented on how much they enjoyed their music. The trio was a wonderful addition to our special day! 
Nancy S, 9/10/2011, Wedding Ceremony, Marion, MA

We hired the International Strings to play during our ceremony and cocktail hour. They were amazing! We had a small backyard/beach wedding and even our neighbours came over to comment on how wonderful the music was and how much they enjoyed listening to it as well. Very professional and easy to work with. I highly recommend hiring this group!
Kathleen B, 8/20/2011, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Portland, ME

We highly recommend International Strings. We knew we liked their music from the moment we heard them for the first time online. But we didn't realize that, in the days and weeks after our wedding, we would be hearing so many great compliments about the band and their music from our family and friends that were at our wedding. Yes, they are that good, and even better live than in youtube videos. If you're looking for a very professional, talented and engaging band for your event - look no further!
Pawel K, 8/13/2011, Wedding Reception, Newport, RI

The International Strings were tremendous. I would highly recommend them for any function. I am more than satisfied with their performance. Hugh O, 7/30/2011, Birthday Party (Adults), Chester, NJ

Like all weddings, the day was completely hectic. During all the chaos before the walk down the aisle, the sweet, melodic sounds of International Strings could be heard throughout the venue. It was AWESOME!! Not only were they an amazingly talented group but in the oppressive heat of the day they were nothing but smiles and compliments for me and the groom. I would without a doubt recommend International Strings and have given them nothing buy rave reviews to the future brides that I know. Again, thank you Slava and group for making our day so special (and classy)!!
Cathy H, 7/23/2011, Wedding Ceremony, Ridge, MD

International Strings did a fabulous job for our wedding. We had classical music for the ceremony and more jazz-based selections for the cocktail -- they played a wide repertoire and our guests loved them. They were even willing to learn a new arrangement of a song that my bridesmaid sang during the ceremony. We were extremely happy with International Strings, from booking through performance. Thank you!!!!
Alexia H, 6/19/2011, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Baltimore, MD

The International Strings were the perfect touch for our wedding. They played at my ceremony as well as at the reception. They did not miss a note. Their precision on their instruments brought tears to peoples eyes while I walked down the aisle. They were also the perfect touch to the cocktail hour at our reception. Everyone commented on how talented they were. I am so glad that I went with having them perform at my wedding and reception. It truly added a touch of class to the event.
Anthony M, 6/18/2011, Wedding Reception, Georgetown, MD

Many of the guests at our wedding remarked on how wonderful International Strings was. Even the caterers, who have surely heard plenty. I handed some business cards from Inernational Strings to the caterers, who plan to recommend them to others. They made our wedding special!
Wendy W, 5/21/2011, Wedding Ceremony, Arlington, VA

Dear Slava, I want to thank you very much for your wonderful music last night.  My husband, who is a true judge of good music was more than pleased with your playing!  I also appreciate your follow-through, timeliness, and adapting the sound to the size of the room and the crowd. Should the occasion arise in the future, I would be happy to have you again, along with your fellow musicians in the trio!
Barbara P, Lexington, MA, 4/2/2011

Great experience, true professionals!
Stuart B, Greenwich, CT, 4/9/2011

Great job all around! The trio made the process so easy and their performance was spot on! They played just what we asked for and nailed it! They accommodated our request for gypsy jazz, classical, and modern music with no problem and offered good suggestions as well. We received many compliments on the music. Thanks again!
Ryan S, Blue Bell, PA, 4/16/2011

I had the greatest experience working with International Strings for our wedding; they're amazing, talented, professional & so easy to work with - even though they were hired with only 2 weeks notice! They even seamlessly handled a special saxophone request for us with such style that I honestly was blown away. We've received so many compliments from our guests, & even our wedding coordinator (w/12 years of experience) was impressed enough to pull me from our photo session just to see & hear how fantastic they were. We truly and HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM for all performance types. If we could get married again just to hear them play, we would do it in a heart beat!!
J. R, Irvine, CA, 4/23/2011 
They were fantastic! I had them come play privately for a surprise dinner where I proposed to my girlfriend and they were above and beyond my expectations. Not only did they play beautifully, they also showed up exactly when I asked them to in order to surprise her and were willing to take any requests we had during the dinner performance. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat.
Dave J, Arlington, VA, 2/24/2011

They were absolutely perfect for our wedding and I was completely happy. Slava was wonderful to communicate with and was right on track with what I had requested for our event! The whole trio is amazingly talented, fun, have great instincts, and made our wedding a success! Thank you so much guys!
Donna I, Northampton, MA, 12/31/2010

I am very pleased with the Int'l Strings. They were on time, sounded wonderful and did as I asked. I couldn't be happier.
Ilyse R, Framingham, MA, 10/10/2010

Thanks for letting me review International Strings. I had 4 requests for songs and they met my expectations for performing them all. I was so busy as the groom that for the reception part I was not paying a lot of attention to the music so I decided to survey my guests and they thought that the Trio and vocalist did a wonderful job!
Gary P, Provincetown, MA, 9/25/2010

International Strings were wonderful. My husband and I could not have been more pleased with their music and their professionalism. We highly recommend them. We only wished we had them to play longer at our wedding they were so great!
Alicia W, Manchester, VT, 9/26/2010

The Trio was extremely timely, professional, and entertaining. Their repertoire is broad and our guests loved them. They even let me play a couple of jazz standards with the group. Thanks for helping with our wedding.
Beth H, Scranton, PA, 9/18/2010

The International Strings played for our wedding in August. They were a pleasure to work with! It was great to be able to communicate with them prior to the wedding and include our special requests. They played so nicely and I am so happy that they made such a great contribution to our wedding!
Leah Z, Rose Valley, PA, 8/12/2010

We hired International Strings to play at the ceremony and cocktail hour of our wedding. It was an utter pleasure working with the band from the moment we contacted them. Very responsive and accommodating, International Strings was able to learn/arrange and play a song that was not in their repertoire. Aside from their beautiful sound (we've been receiving rave reviews from guests), the band's professionalism left us completely confident that everything on the music side of the wedding was under control. Other than briefly touching base with the musicians upon their arrival, they were completely self sufficient and did an all around fantastic worry-free job. Thanks!!
Tara L, Sandy Spring, MD, 10/23/2010

International Strings did a wonderful job at my wedding cocktail reception. I have a classical music background and so I have very high standards for musicians and I could not have selected a better group. We also received rave reviews from our guests for their music. They were the perfect touch to the perfect day and I highly recommend them to anyone.
Jill E, Alexandria, VA, 10/8/2010

The International Strings was wonderful and made our special event perfect. I was extremely impressed by their professionalism. They showed up ahead of time, did everything I had requested and completed the job perfectly. It’s rare to come across such a wide range of styles delivered by a string group. Our guests absolutely enjoyed their music! I would highly recommend them for any kind of event. Jordan S, Alexandria, VA, 4/17/2010

My experience was very pleasant, the performers were on time and very accommodating. We discussed the type of music prior to the event and I asked for suggestions to keep the music within the mood. Michael W, Brandywine, MD, 4/24/2010

Flawless, captivating.
Louie O, San Pedro, CA, 12/4/2010

International Strings did an excellent job. I needed a band that could play some typical ceremony music (Canon in D, Wedding March, etc.) and then seamlessly move to a jazz band for the reception. I was particularly concerned that the jazz portion not sound like elevator music with easy listening versions of "yesterday" or Bon Jovi. International Strings were spot on. Very classy three piece sting for the ceremony turned into a 5 piece jazz band that everybody raved about.
Randolph R, San Diego, CA, 4/18/2010

I hired International Strings for my wedding ceremony and they were great! I highly recommend them.
Noemi P, La Mirada, CA, 4/10/2010

I couldn't be happier with International Strings. They were easy to communicate with, affordable and talented. My guests were very impressed with the music and all around performance. I had a special request that was easily accommodated. They were also very respectful during the wedding ceremony.
Catherine B, Long Beach, CA, 3/20/2010

The music you and your trio played at our daughter's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour was perfect for each occasion. The renditions of each piece at the ceremony were delightful and enhanced the warm, loving atmosphere of the room. The repertoire of cocktail hour songs provided lovely background music by which people could indulge themselves in food, drink, conversation and merriment. We appreciate your contribution to our daughter's wedding.
Patti P., Boston -- Devra P, Boston, MA, 10/3/2009

Everything was wonderful. they responded to my emails in a timely fashion and made everything easy for me. the guests loved them! Carolyn L, Portsmouth, NH, 9/19/2009

International Strings was very professional, asked all pertinent questions up front so there were no surprises, and most importantly provided wonderful music for our ceremony and reception. They even played a couple of requests for a last minute decision to have a few dances. I highly recommend International Strings for your event.
Timothy M, Newport Beach, CA, 8/1/2009

They were fantasic! They arrived early, were flexible and on top of all that- musically they were outstanding!!! They really got a sense of the crowd and even took a request! They made our event better, and we hope to use them again in the future.
Gaiel T, Cambridge, MA, 6/10/2009

They are absolutely perfect!! Every song sounded great and they did everything we had requested! Guests are raving about how much they loved the trio, and we can't say enough good things about them!! Their shirts even matched our wedding colors (though I think that may have been by coincidence!) Highly highly recommended and we will happily point other people looking for a trio to them!!  Julie M, South Yarmouth, MA, 6/20/2009

Very good, completely happy with the performance
Charlie B, San Diego, CA, 5/23/2009

They did a wonderful job at our wedding at the Oviatt Penthouse. Extremely professional, punctual, relaxed and accomplished. We couldn't have asked for better entertainment.
Jeremy R, Los Angeles, CA, 5/17/2009

Very professional. Quite talented with an endless songlist. Slava saw to every detail personally. Many thanks.
Dan M, Newport, RI, 5/16/2009

The Trio was superb. We couldn't have asked for a more professional and talented group of musicians. They performed during our ceremony and reception and the entire party was amazed at their ability to play classical and rock selections with style and enthusiasm. We are extremely happy and grateful that they were available for our special day.
Barbara C, Waterford, ME, 9/13/2008

They were so accommodating! Just for the event, they learned a song written by my brother in law as a wedding march. They were also very flexible in terms of time and all the guests said that they loved the music!
Sarah K, Wellesley, MA, 6/8/2008

I would defintely recommend the Trio to others for various events. The music was welcomed by all and a wonderful addition to the day. Thank you. -- Marybeth K, Sutton, MA, 4/19/2008

We were in a bind the week of the wedding since we did not have anyone booked to play the ceremony. We found the International Strings online through Gigmasters and I was thankful I received a very quick response from the Director, Slava Tolstoy. He was very helpful through this whole process and we were pleased with the result. I would recommend them and this site! -- Trisha K, Los Angeles, CA, 4/12/2008

Absolutely fantastic. The International Strings played our wedding, and everyone loved them and commented on how great they were. Very professional and accommodating also! -- Michelle L, York, ME, 3/22/2008

They were absolutely wonderful! I'm so impressed with the International Strings. They are true professionals and very accommodating with the various music that we requested for our party. We received great comments from all of our guests. When we are looking for musical talent for any of our future events, the International String Trio will be at the top of the list! -- Jessica Y, Pasadena, CA, 2/3/2008

The string trio was fantastic. I booked them based on online samples and when I heard them playing at our party I knew I made the right choice. They really went above and beyond our expectations. Everything was extremely professional. Many guests complimented their talent and repertoire (from classical to contemporary). We are very happy with their performance and will not hesitate to recommend the International String Trio for any event -- Joey F, Malibu, CA, 1/26/2008

My wife and I booked the trio for our wedding and were blown away by their performance. We had an outdoor wedding and the trio played during our ceremony and subsequent cocktail hour. Our guests loved them and they created a wonderful atmosphere. They even learned a song that we particularly liked just for our ceremony and their rendition was wonderful. Highly recommended! -- Asher S, Essex, MA, 10/6/2007

We hired the International Strings for our rehearsal dinner, held in a theater. The dinner was relatively formal, and our vision was for a festive yet elegant event. The International String Trio was the highlight. They exceeded our expectations, played a great variety of music (jazz and similar at cocktails, quieter at dinner, more upbeat for dancing afterwards) and helped make the event elegant, lively, and fun. We had 85 guests; the International String Trio would have been great for a smaller or bigger event. We received many compliments on the selection of the band, with several guests asking for the band's contact info and for recordings. Fantastic! -- Michael L, Rockport, ME, 9/28/2007

Their music was outstanding! I was more than pleased with their performance and effect at our corporate event. I look forward to hiring them again. -- Chris K, Boston, MA, 8/7/2007

Amazing, incredible, and fantastic cannot even adequately describe their performance. All of my guests commented on how fantastic they are. Their selection of music in addition to my requests were perfect for the occasion. I would recommend them to anyone at any time. We were thrilled. -- Marlene W, Quincy, MA, 6/9/2007

They were wonderful. Very professional, talented group. They did exactly what we asked. We had several guests rave about how great they were. -- Kelly D, Sturbridge, MA, 6/2/2007

The International String Trio was one of the highlights of our wedding! THANK YOU!!! We are still hearing from guests who attended our wedding how much they enjoyed listening to their music as well. They were easy to work with, professional and seamless. -- Janelle T, Hampstead, NH, 5/26/2007

The group did a great job for us at our house party and concert for about 25 neighbors and friends. They played two sets with a short break between. The trio had a marvelously diverse repertoire: classical, jazz, world folk, standards. They played the specific pieces we had requested from their songlist and also picked some others that displayed their talents. I recommend the group highly! -- Doug H, Chichester, NH, 3/25/2007

They were FANTASTIC! Very professional and entertaining! -- Anna P, Cumberland, RI, 12/13/2006

This group was very talented and established a wonderful rapport with the audience. Their repertoire included many classical music- derived tunes done in a variety of styles. They were particularly effective in their renditions of various folk/ethnic tunes and dances. Their commentary on the music between numbers was interesting and entertaining and their style of relating to one another and the audience was relaxed and comfortable. This is toe-tapping, uplifting music, perfect for informal concerts, gatherings and parties. I highly recommend them! -- Gina C, Trumbull, CT, 12/2/2006 

Exquisite! They were fabulous musicians as well as being polite, on time, and extremely professional. They were very versatile with there musical offerings and delighted us with a variety of styles. A great show! The trio was suitable for background music, but it seemed a waste to not just stop and watch them. They are concert worthy! -- Kris S, Cohasset, MA, 11/18/2006

The International Strings was the perfect choice to accompany our wedding ceremony. Thank you so much!! -- Adam G, Freeport, ME, 8/26/2006

These guys were awesome. All the wedding guests loved the different styles and loved the authentic and unique sound of the trio. Slava Tolstoy is a great band leader and wonderful guitar player. I can't say enough about how good this band is. -- William K, Hyannis Port, MA, 8/19/2006
The trio was wonderful, I loved the sound and eclectic nature of the added classical guitar. They may the ceremony quite beautiful, as well as the cocktail hour. And they even stayed around for a little bit to aid in the delivery of our best man's speech. They were wonderful. -- Carie S, Jenkintown, PA, 6/17/2006

My undergraduate society decided to host a Midwinter Masquerade party and needed a band that would perform unique live music. Fortunately for us, the International Strings provided just this very service! Their original orchestration--violin, guitar, and upright bass--made for a delicious blend of music that was danceable yet refined, contemporary yet wonderfully vintage. In addition to quality muisc, the group was highly professional; I spoke with a band member directly on the phone, the band played precisely according to their very fair contract, and the musicians were amicable towards both hosts and guests. I highly recommend this talented group of professionals! -- Benjamin S, Hanover, NH, 2/18/2006

We had a violinist and cellist perform at our wedding. Both were pleasant, professional, and outstanding musicians who played precisely what we wanted. They added immeasurably to the wedding, and we were delighted that we chose them. Thanks to all for making this happen! -- Thomas K, Boston, MA, 12/31/2005

Very happy with their performance for 3 hours at Bar Mitzvah reception lunch playing Klezmer, Jewish and related music. -- David D, Newton, MA, 12/24/2005

I was organazing a conference when we found out that the musicians we were planning on hiring has just disbanded, less than 1 week before our conference! i got in touch with the International Strings, and was given a great price, and complete flexibility on what type of music we wanted (classical, jazz, etc). great communication, arrived exactly at their arranged time, and put on a great performance. in the end, conference was great, got a ton of compliments on the music, and will be using IST for all of our upcoming events. -- Kenneth K, Cambridge, MA, 12/3/2005

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