Giardino Strings offers both romantic classical cello music for weddings and a unique high-energy pop Electric Cellist Show for parties and corporate functions.
Cellists, Electric Cellist & Double Bass
Spanish cellist Lidia started her studies in Santander at the age of eight. She also began chamber music and orchestral studies at this early age. She graduated with top marks from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid with Prof Iagoba Fanlo and Royal Academy of Music of London with Prof David Strange (Prof Emeritus at RAM), and baroque cellist Joey Crouch. She got Music Awards including “Marcelino Botin Award” She has started a collaborative work with composers M.Sarti, A.Noguera, J.A.Simarro, M.Bustamante, among others. Lidia also plays a customised electric cello commissioned by Giardino Strings.
During her undergraduate studies at the RCSMM, Irene studied with Iagoba Fanlo before gaining a place at the RAM in London where she studied with Prof. Emeritus David Strange, achieving Distinction in MA in Cello Performance upon her graduation. She has taken part in master classes with such cellists as Philippe Müller, Natalia Gutman, and Wolfgang Boettcher. From 2007 – 2010 Irene has held the principal cello seat of the OJRM and has also been a member of the JONDE from 2011-2015. During 2014, Irene held a place on the reserve list of the GMJO and is an accomplished electric cellist.
Bulgarian cellist Stefan was born in Sofia. He graduated at the National School of Music where he studied cello and chamber music with Daniela Cherpokova-Nikolaeva. In 2001 Stefan was awarded with full scholarship to continue his studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London with Stefan Popov. He appeared as a soloist with the Southbank Sinfonia and he is also a member of International Mahler Orchestra in Berlin. Stefan’s repertoire includes a wide spectrum of music from the baroque era to the very recent days. He is a member of Giardino Strings since 2004
Enrique is a freelance double bass player based in London. In addition to his orchestral work, Enrique is in great demand on the London Tango scene where he has performed with The Buenos Aires Tango Orchestra, Los Mareados, Guillermo Rozenthuler, Allegro Ensemble and in the musical Tango in the City, directed by Terry Bates. He has also played the electric bass in rock and latin bands such as Vegetal, La Turma and Los Profetas de Jamon performing on national television in Argentina. Enrique joined Giardino Strings in 2010.
TV Shows & movies soundtracks
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Air on the G string – Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Intermezzo (from ʻCavalleria Rusticanaʼ)
Prelude (from ʻTe Deumʼ) – Charpentier
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Allegro from ʻSpringʼ – Vivaldi
Grand March (from ʻAidaʼ) – Verdi
Wedding March – Wagner
John Legend: All Of ME
Elvis: I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Beach Boys: God Only Knows
Desʼree: Kissing You
Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
Beatles: All You Need Is Love
Elbow: One Day Like This
Adele/Bob Dylan: Make You Feel My Love
Ben E King: Stand By Me
James Blunt: Youʼre Beautiful
Foo Fighters: Everlong
O Mio Babbino Caro – Puccini
Meditation – Massenet
Chanson de Matin – Elgar
Intermezzo – Mascagni
Clair de Lune – Debussy
Largo from Winter – Vivaldi
Queen of Sheba -Handel
Spring – Vivaldi
Rondeau – Mouret
Hornpipe – Handel
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
A cello sextet is a musical ensemble of six string players all cellists. The ensemble is flexible and can also perform as Cello Duet and Cello Quartet.
Chairs: six, sturdy and armless. Space: 6.0m x 2.5m
PA system and Amplification
Normally our acoustic sextet will suffice for the ceremony and often for the drinks reception or background music. However sometimes the drinks reception is in a smallish room and is full of 100 or more guests so people can’t hear the sextet (and the musicians can’t hear each other either!) The wedding breakfast is often in a large room where only the nearest 3 or 4 tables can hear the quartet whilst the rest of the room are unable to hear anything. We can provide suitable amplification to make your event a success. We recommend our 400w PA system for events up to 150 guests and our 800w system for up to 250 guests. Any larger number of guests will require a sound engineer.
“Dear David, many thanks for providing the music at the Chuppah. It was very beautiful and Gilda and I are most appreciative to you and your fellow musicians. Wishing you continued great success for the future.”
“They were an excellent group, genuinely happy to be playing music for us and even walked over with their instruments to a lady who’s birthday it was. They played as everyone sang. They couldn’t have been better, we were really pleased. Fantastic range of music, classical and modern day. Giardino String Quartet were also really really nice people, very approachable, professional and flexible. ”
“The Giardino String Quartet was in fact the first to perform – as the guests arrived. They really set a high standard for the whole day. They turned up on time, looked great, rehearsed with another performer whom they had not previously met, and performed beautifully, first on their own and then during the ceremony with US singer Matt Alber. ”
“Dear David, just a short note to say a big thank you to your string quartet for reliably turning up to play at the wedding in Ely last week. They were very obliging and played a great selection of music. Thank you so much and I hope to stay in touch and email with more bookings in due course. ”
“You were all really great at the wedding and really made the atmosphere we were hoping for!”
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