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- Lexington, KY
- Classical Ensemble
- Travels up to 300 miles
- Contact for rates
We offer exceptional string music for concerts, weddings, parties, funerals and other special events. If you want lovely music, our ensemble is the one for you.
I hired Carnegie Quartet for my wedding ceremony, and they were absolutely wonderful! I was terrible about communicating and hadn't even given them a song list when they showed up to the wedding other than the one song I wanted the wedding party to walk in to (Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love"). Jane came in to talk with me briefly when they got there day-of. She confirmed the processional song, and I let her know that I wanted to walk out to something other than the standard Wedding March, and they took it from there and absolutely knocked it out of the park! My husband said it took everything he had to not start ugly crying as soon as they started playing!
To say that I am happy to have hired Carnegie Quartet is an understatement. I opted for the trio, and the music was heavenly. The guests at our wedding absolutely loved the music. The trio also learned specific music for the processional, the music for when I walked in, and the recessional. I just needed to provide the sheet music since the songs were not in their repertoire. I cannot recommend them enough. They were suburb!
Carnegie Quarter was wonderful. Our minister was two hours late and the ceremony was delayed. As the mom of the bride, I had no time to communicate with CQ, and they entertained the guests with no hesitation until the bride walked down the aisle. They were delightful, flexible and accommodating. The music was beautiful.
Your string trio just made our daughters wedding perfect! Worth every penny!
Carnegie Quartet MADE our catholic church wedding. They learned a song very near and dear to my heart and they played it so beautifully. Thank you for filling the church with such beautiful music on our special day. If you are looking to hire Carnegie Quartet -- no brainer. They were punctual, professional, talented, and kind.
Just the perfect touch to a perfect day! So much music to choose from. Super friendly people! They played beautifully! Would highly recommend! In fact, when my youngest daughter gets married I will hire them again!
Jane and Felix of the Carnegie Quartet were amazingly skilled, and a pleasure to listen to! With Jane on the violin and Felix on the cello, our daughter's wedding guests were quite enthralled with the pieces that were played during the guest arrival, marriage ceremony, and cocktail hour and a half. Jane supplied us with a selection of song recommendations for each portion of the ceremony and musical periods, including both timeless and contemporary pieces. Being held at a farm venue in Bloomington, Indiana, we had unknown weather conditions, which did not hinder Jane in the slightest - she was quite happy to lend her services as well as the services of her fellow musician, Felix.
Jane was wonderful to work with every step of the way, from initial purveyance through signing, and carried that level of excellence through the performance event at our daughter's wedding. She and Felix played at just the right moments, and the song selections were spot on. They both arrived on time (early), knew where to set up due to prior arrangements, and jumped right in, which was perfect for our early arrival guests.
Not surprisingly, we had some last minute changes come up including an addition to the time we needed the musicians for, a last minute ceremony schedule, and an overwhelmed bride who had a difficult time choosing music for the waiting time as well as the cocktail time periods. Jane and Felix make remarkable choices for those filler sections. If we are ever back in the area, we would not hesitate to utilize the professional services of Carnegie Quartet again. We highly recommend them, they were spectacular!
Sandy - Mother of the Bride
Cellist, Classical Duo, Violinist
I was able to connect with Carnegie Quartet kind of last minute to play for Cocktail Hour for our reception. They were fantastic and communicative! Very talented bunch! Would absolutely book with them again
They did an amazing job and were great to work with!
Jane and the gang were wonderful! They played for our cocktail hour, wedding ceremony, and first dances and learned a couple of new songs with no problem. All of it was wonderful!
We had the immense pleasure of having Carnegie quartet’s finest duo play our wedding ceremony. Jane worked with us every step of the way leading up to the event, she made herself available for questions and was extremely responsive. Our cellist and violinist were prompt, professional and created the most beautiful soundscape of our musical selections. We would recommend this group to anyone who wants a lovely, magical musical addition to their event.
I booked the Carnegie Quartet for a surprise 50th birthday party. Jane was great to work with in preparation, and Tim and Gina concluded the evening with a special request that perfectly suited the event. They truly transformed a wonderful evening into something spectacular.
The quartet was professional, timely, coordinated wonderfully well with my wedding ceremony, and played beautifully. I would highly recommend this ensemble.
Cellist Matt of Carnegie Quartet provided pre- and post-ceremony music for our very small gathering at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. His music put our guests at ease and made the grounds, which are a bit vast and quiet, very welcoming. Working with Carnegie Quartet in the booking, lead up and day off was seamless; by far the easiest vendor with which we worked. I highly recommend!
Our wedding guests loved the cellist & violinist and was such a lovely element to a perfect day!
We had an outdoor wedding and no rehearsal, but Jane did everything perfectly. With minimal guidance she knew what she was doing and her playing completed our ceremony. Her sound was absolutely beautiful and the perfect touch for our small intimate forest wedding! It wouldn’t have been the same without her. The sound of the violin traveling through the trees, on my walk to the ceremony site was so beautiful and made my walk with my dad so nice. Her timing was perfect, she played songs at my request with out doubt. She did an all around amazing job.
This group was amazing! They were able to
play exactly what we wanted and were phenomenal! They added a little sparkle to the wedding day!
She was wonderful! She played beautifully, and everyone had a wonderful time because of it!
They we’re absolutely wonderful and did a fantastic job! Very easy to work with .
String Quartet, Violinist
Jane communicated with us from day one to make sure our day was perfect! She has such a warm personality that helped quell that before wedding anxiety! They arrived on time for the ceremony and performed exceptionally! We would recommend 100% for any special occasion!
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What to Expect
The Carnegie Quartet is a superb ensemble. Each of the musicians in the ensemble have years of performing experience in a variety of settings from concert halls to outdoor gazebos. This deep well of experience means you can feel confident that both the music you hear and the service you will receive in planning your event, will be impeccable. The bottom line is that, no matter what the cirmcumstance, we can provide music that shines in a concert hall, resonates in a place of worship and blossums to create the perfect ambience in an outdoor setting.
Each member of the Carnegie Quartet has an exceptional professional background. Here are brief bios for each:
Emmy award-winning violinist, Tim Baker, received both his BM and MM from the Julliard School of Music. He has taken top prizes at the VII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the J.S. Bach International Solo Violin Competition and has been a soloist with major symphony orchestras such as the Moscow Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Tim’s professional experiences have taken him all over the world serving as concertmaster for the Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, and Washington Ballet Company as well as for innumerable CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and cable television specials, and Hollywood movies such as Spiderman and the Lion King. He has also served in this capacity for the Grammys and the Tony’s, and played for various pop artists such as Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, U2, Dave Matthews, Garth Brooks, the Smashing Pumpkins, Nora Jones, Charlotte Church, and countless others. Beyond all this, Tim’s love for chamber music led him to founding The Amadeus Trio an internationally recognized ensemble which has performed from Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, to, Biarritz, Vancouver and Paris. You can find Tim’s recordings on Melodiya Angel, Kleos Classics, Virgin and Leonarda Records.
Violinist, Jane Halliday, is a versatile musician with extensive performance experience in a variety of musical genres. She studied violin with Paul Kling, Philipp Naegele, Peter McHugh, and Timothy Baker. She has a B.A. in English from Smith College, and a B.M. in music performance and an M.A. in Humanities & Civic Leadership, both from the University of Louisville. She currently teaches violin and ensembles at Bellarmine University in Louisville KY.
Jane has a rich professional background that ranges from solo performance, to work with various chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout the region. Besides her work as a classical musician, Jane is a superb "crossover" violinist. She plays with Swing '39 (https://www.swing39.com/) , a group that specializes in “gypsy jazz” and collaborates with her singer-songwriting sister, Marion Halliday (Trickster Sister). She has also performed in various ad hoc ensembles backingup pop artists such as Stevie Wonder (see her solo with Stevie here), Josh Groban, Kristen Chenoweth, Smokey Robinson and many others. Listen, find out more about Jane on YouTube.
Violist, Jan Pellant, is not only an exceptional instrumentalist, he's also a much sought-after conductor. A native of the Czech Republic, Jan began his musical studies at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts. He then earned degrees from the Prague Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University and currently is working towards his Doctor of Musical Arts in orchestra conducting at the University of Kentucky.
Jan has conducted a number of professional symphonies including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. He has also led concert tours in Romania, China and France. Since 2015, he has been the music director and principal conductor of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and recently became the new artistic director and conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Lexington Kentucky, cellist Patrick Binford, received both his BM and MM degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Mr. Binford began his career working in Canada as the Principal Cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in the mid 80s. He also toured the world and recorded extensively with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure with that orchestra, he served as that ensemble's Associate Principal Cellist and later was made Acting Principal Cellist.
Mr. Binford has performed chamber music in New York, Montreal, Toronto, Boca Raton, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington. Currently he is a member of the Lexington Philharmonic, Principal Cellist of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and serves as assistant principal cellist in Orchestra Kentucky.
Additional Booking Notes
All we need are four chairs without arms and we are good to go!
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 21, 2023 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 28, 2023 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 03, 2023 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 24, 2023 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 09, 2023 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 16, 2023 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 01, 2024 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|November 05, 2022 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 22, 2022 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|October 22, 2022 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 16, 2022 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 01, 2022 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 24, 2022 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 16, 2022 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 15, 2022 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|August 26, 2022 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 06, 2022 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|July 06, 2022 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|June 25, 2022 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 05, 2022 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 28, 2022 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 21, 2022 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 14, 2022 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 30, 2022 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 30, 2022 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 23, 2022 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 23, 2021 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 04, 2021 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 02, 2021 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 19, 2021 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 04, 2021 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 28, 2021 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 31, 2021 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 03, 2021 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 13, 2021 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party|
|October 03, 2020 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 20, 2020 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 10, 2020 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 20, 2020 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm||Personal Occasion|
|November 23, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|November 16, 2019 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 10, 2019 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Wedding Engagement|
|Jane Halliday||Violinist and quartet manager|
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