Award-winning San Francisco trio, consisting of an exquisitely beautiful mix of harp, violin & cello. Amethyst is also a piano trio that is equally at home with classical, pop/rock & jazz. Having played for film scores, MTV videos, touring artists live and in recording studios, Amethyst is probably the most versatile professional trio in the Bay Area. Our pianist is also a harpist and flutist, providing a wide variety of instrumentation as well as styles. We also have an offshoot Celtic folk trio that specializes in Irish and folk fiddling called Celtic Sands.
We also provide a top-of-the-line amplification system for our music when needed and play special requests.
Lara Garner, LLana Thomas, Samsun Van Loon with vocalist Pamela Connelly played a magnificent concert for us Veterans at Yountville, Ca. on 1/27/13. The choices of music and the professional executions with such feeling moved us greatly. It is an experience not to be missed and we look forward to having them back soon. Thank you, we loved you.
Harold L. M.
Concert Venue in Yountville, CA
Jan 27, 2013
Magical time professionally delivered
Lara (flute) and her partner violinist did an awesome job. Even though I was 1/2 hr late, they arrived exactly on time, prepped for the moment, hung in there and knocked it out of the park when I got there. Thank you again Lara. You two made our day yesterday.
Private Party in Half Moon Bay, CA
Oct 5, 2013
Flute Player/Flutist, Violinist
Beautiful Harp Music for my Wedding
I hired Lara from Amethyst Trio to play the harp during my wedding ceremony and the cocktail hour in Napa. She was extremely helpful during the pre-wedding process of picking songs for the different part of the ceremony, and was even able to fulfill a last minute request we had to play "Stairway to Heaven"! I got numerous compliments on how beautiful the music was during the ceremony. I would definitely recommend Lara.
Wedding Ceremony in Napa, CA
May 20, 2012
Review by Yasemin K.
The Amethyst Trio was an amazing group to work with! We hired the pianist and violinist for our August wedding in Sonoma to play for one hour during the ceremony. They were both wonderful to work with from the beginning - very prompt, answered all of our questions and worked closely with us on all of the specific songs that we wanted during the ceremony. They were timely and very nice to work with and to have at our wedding - the music was so beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better musicians on our special day. I'd highly recommend working with the Amethyst Trio for your wedding or special event! Beautiful music!
Wedding Ceremony in Sonoma, CA
Aug 14, 2010
Review by david g.
Wonderful music! What a talented group! They played for my wedding and it was beautiful. I received a lot of compliments from my guests and family on the music. I really appreciate the effort they put in to play all my special requests. They were also very easy to work with.
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Typical Gig: 90 - 270 minutes
Insurance: 1,000,000 - Performers insurance. Policy will be provided upon request.
Languages: English, French, Russian, Spanish
Concerts consist of a pianist, violinist & cellist; can also include a singer and added instruments. Music styles upon request vary from purely Classical to pop/rock, opera and other styles. The other configuration is violin, cello & harp. The pianist is also a harpist and a flutist, so there are a lot of instrumental choices.
Additional Booking Notes
Amethsyt Trio can provide their own amplification equipment upon request. All the instruments have pickups inside, so can be converted from purely acoustic to amplified sound - including the harp. The violin and flute have wireless systems as well as cabled systems.
The Amethyst Trio is a Classical and crossover pop rock trio. It consists of a lovely Classical trio of strings and harp, as well as a rockin' trio of piano and strings, providing a variety of contemporary styles as well as wedding classics. We play over 100 concerts and events every year. All our musicians have music degrees from prestigious music schools and have performed throughout the country and in europe. We have played in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Davies Hall, the San Francisco Opera and from time-to-time go on tour to different parts of the country and Europe. We have also played celebrity weddings, the latest being for Metallica bass guitarist Jason Newsted.
We play many special requests and provide suggestions to brides about musical selections, helping them throughout the process. We also provide amplification when needed (at no extra cost).
Our goal is to make your wedding or event as memorable and magical as possible. The music is essential.
The team providing the talent:
pianist, harpist, flutist
Samsun Van Loon
"I can only give you an A++++. Your music was fantastic and was the crowning point to the wedding. I had so many wonderful comments on your song and the arrangements and music choices. I have been planning this wedding for my daughter's entire lifetime in my mind and you were a very important part of it. Thank you and your group from all of us."
– Susan, Cameron, Kiely & JP - Hollister
"We could not have had a better experience. They were a joy and certainly added to our beautiful wedding!"
– Barabara T
"I can't say enough good things about the Amethyst Trio. They played from a very impressive repertoire for the three hours of our wedding reception and, even though there were 60 people in a relatively small space, their sound never "got in the way" of conversation. Lara is dependable, flexible and accommodating;three very important adjectives for the business she's in;and I wouldn't hesitate in giving her my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation!"
– Kerry E
Our repertoire is too large to list - everything from Mozart to Journey.
Influences & Inspiration
Julliard String Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, Celtic Woman, Andrea Boccelli, Yo Yo Ma, Journey, The Stones
electricity if piano or amplification is requested