Hired for over 200 weddings with highest reviews. Recordings available through search of Wordpress blog under "arethusastrings." Of 15 years playing professionally and internationally (Russia, China, Europe), Ms. Liu spent 6 years with the St. Charles Quartet in Washington DC and had the honor of being featured on HGTV’s wedding show, hired by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys to perform at the Warner theater in DC (subsequently broadcasted on NPR), and performed in many community musical outreach programs. Ms. Liu studied chamber music at Yale University and is a winner of a number of competitions, including the Menuhin-Dowling and the International Chinese Overseas music competition.
Victoria playing during our wedding processional added that little touch of magic to bring the fairy tale to life! Especially as I walked out to meet my groom to her perfect rendition of Natalie McMaster's "Blue Bonnets Over the Border" - there wasn't a dry eye in the room!
Musicians who know how to personally connect with their audience are a rare find. Arethusa Sings brought us that and more! In performing for families attending our “neighborhood memory café” gatherings, she transformed their struggle with memory loss into a sweetness of memory gems — filled with familiar tunes and historical take-me-back lessons. It was as if one entered a place of grace and elegance. We cannot say enough thank you’s!
My husband and I engaged Victoria to play the violin at our outdoor garden wedding, as part of an acoustic group (with a guitar, clarinet and cello). They played multiple pieces that my husband had chosen - including a few pieces that he self-modified or arranged. Victoria's talent, professionalism and enthusiasm was truly impressive and second to none. She picked up the pieces and variations effortlessly, needing no practice for any last minute additions/changes, and I still remember the beautiful sound of her violin solo at the very end of my walk down the aisle! :)
Victoria is such an incredible violinist. She elevated our wedding day so much and we are so grateful. I’m a musician myself, so I know a good musician when I hear one, and she is beyond amazing at what she does. Everything was pitch perfect and very romantic. She was so prompt with responding and very accommodating in where/when to meet. She’s also so nice and friendly. I highly recommend her! Your wedding day (and any other important celebration) will thank you for choosing her.
I can honestly say Victoria is 110% the Absolute Best Musician you can hire. She played at my wedding and we were astounded by her musical ability - she has played with Juilliard musicians and for the Yale Symphony! As well as her professionalism, communication, her kindness, and her willingness to work with us to choose the best music for our wedding. She can play literally anything you want, her musical repertoire is so extensive, it’s not hard for her to easily pick up and play any piece beautifully. As someone who was incredibly picky about my wedding music (and as someone who has a background in music) I didn’t want just anyone to play at my wedding, I really wanted someone who would be Good and she met and exceeded our expectations!! Many of our guests, including those with and without musical backgrounds, commented on how beautiful our ceremony music was and asked who was playing. If you’re thinking about whether to hire Victoria - don’t think about it any longer and Do It!! She is Amazing and you will be So Glad you did!!!!! Thank you for making our wedding so special!
Victoria was the ultimate professional for our wedding ceremony and solo musician for our cocktail hour. From initial meeting, to post-wedding, Victoria was genuine, friendly and an incredible musician. Thank you for making our day so special.
If you are thinking of hiring live music entertainment, do yourself a favor and hire Arethusa Strings so you can have a Great time. Getting right to the point: 1. Quality music that can be customized to your occasion from Mozart to Prince 2. Very reasonable rates for top notch performance (performer is classically trained and played in prestigious venues such as Davies Symphony and classical venues world wide) 3. Check out sample tracks on IG: arethusastrings to judge for yourself. There are a lot of musicians out there that's more about the flair in the performance rather than the quality of playing or music, but you get the total package with Arethusa Strings! My wedding was perfect with the amazing music accompaniment as I walked down the aisle that was expertly executed with appropriate timing and cut off. As a musician myself, I couldn't be more thrilled!
Victoria is very friendly and quick to respond. She played all the songs I requested wonderfully and added more that stayed within the theme of the party. She really took my party to the next level! I would highly recommend her.
I have been going to Victoria's violin recitals since she was very young. Everyone in our family
who attended her performances thought she was wonderful. We invited her for a private performance
for a small family group (in our house no less), and she did not disappoint us. That was some time ago but she remains in our hearts today.
Price Range: $120 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
--wedding/corporate event music (ceremony, cocktail hour, reception)
--classical (from bach to wagner), pop (coldplay, beatles, guns and roses, the verve, sigur ros), fiddling (celtic, mark o connor), tango, jazz, will take personal requests (I've done Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Godfather theme song, and accompanied guests who perform at weddings.)
--classically-trained at Yale University and under tutelage of members of the San Francisco Symphony
--Extremely experienced and while gigging in Washington DC, was the number one hired musician in the Washington Metro Area, former group hired to perform in the Library of Congress, the French and Russian Embassies, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, and much more.
My goal is to make your event special and memorable.
I have performed at over 200 weddings and corporate events on the east coast and recently relocated to Destin, Florida. Bio, repetoire, recordings available through search of "wordpress" and "arethusastrings."
Additional Booking Notes
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--all standard classical pieces
--will take requests
Influences & Inspiration
Heifetz, Kreisler, Gershwin
If outdoors, venue must offer protection from weather (e.g. harsh sun or rain).
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