Available to play for a variety of events including parties, corporate functions, and weddings. We are flexible to play solo or in various ensembles. Any combination of ensemble is possible including duos, trios, or quartets by request.
Violinist | String Quartet | String Duo | Violin & Piano | Violin & Guitar
Kanako was willing to work with us on very short notice for a wedding. She and the guitar player, who she provided, were professional and accommodating. Our playlist included popular music, which they performed beautifully. There were many positive comments from the guests; and the bride and groom were very happy with the performance!
I am so glad that we booked her for our ceremony. The music she played sounded beautiful, and really gave the wedding an elegant, classy vibe. Many of the guests at the ceremony commented specifically, how nice the violin sounded and how they thought it was unique and a nice addition to the ceremony. Would recommended to any friend, family member, or future couple with no reservation.
We loved having them play at our wedding ceremony!! They were very great to work with and their music was beautiful
Mariko did a fantastic job, arrived on time and was super professional. I would hire her again 10/10.
Kanako was very professional, and a pleasure to work with from the beginning. And of course, her music was absolutely beautiful! I knew what kind of "feel" I was looking for with our wedding, but didn't know what songs to choose to achieve that, so Kanako provided a list of selections and we worked together to land on the perfect set list, and it came together perfectly. I highly recommend her!
Kanako was just what our wedding needed! She really understood what we were looking for in our ceremony and helped with song selection. Everyone asked where we found her and raved about her playing. My only regret is not being within earshot while she was playing most of the music. I was a little nervous as the event was approaching, but that was mostly my doing and putting off the ceremony details until the last minute. So I didn't know what and when I wanted her to play each song, etc. My only constructive criticism is that she could've reached out earlier to discuss music selection. But, she was such a professional that it all came together seemlessly even with my procrastination. Thanks so much Kanako!
Kanaka violin and Joey's piano performances was exactly as I had hoped for expected. They are talented musicians with a diverse musical set list!
Not only was the music superb, the attention to drtail in planning the party was executed with precision.
Kanako provided lovely music for both the pre-ceremony and the wedding ceremony. She was so gracious to play requested music for the processional and the sand ceremony which gave such a personal meaning to our bride. She is a talented young lady and will provide a classical and elegant touch to your event.
The night was just perfect. The performance made my night. It was so special and exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so very much!
I highly recommend very professional and on time, played beautifully and we had tons of compliments on violinist and cellist it made our wedding reception very elegant and classy. If I had to do it again I would hire Kanako again. I had no issue she works with you to make everything is right and she's a perfectionist in her work and she's an amazing violinist player.
I hired Kanako's string quartet for my wedding ceremony at The Madison on November 14th. Everything was top notch from her speed in responding to my initial inquiry (via CCM's Talent for Hire) up through the actual event. She is very prompt in responding every time I had a question or request. Her pricing was very reasonable and the repertoire was varied from pop to classical. Everything was handled easily through email and she required no deposit, just a contract. The quartet arrived 30 minutes prior to start time to get set up and warmed up. They played beautifully and professionally. Although I was unable to be in the room to listen as the guests arrived, I received many comments from my guests and they all thought the quartet was fabulous and classy. I would use her again in the future without question.
She did a really good job. Came on time and played well.
Kanako was professional and very communicative throughout the months leading up to our event. She brought a strong presence of excellence and romance through her skilled playing. While she brought the black-tie evening that high-end feel we were reaching for, she also took requests and made it an engaging and fun experience for the guests. We definitely recommend her. She is unbelievably talented and graceful.
Kanako serenaded my wife and I at her recent birthday. This superior performance was truly exceptional. The violin came alive and was an extension of her self during her performance. If you are seeking a beautiful memory for a special occasion, you must try Kanako. She is a truly awesome talent!
Kanako and her pianist performed for our wedding and were excellent! They were even able to learn and perform a song for our recessional in a short amount of time. Very responsive and would work with again!
Kanako and Joshua were a perfect pair for our unique outdoor art opening. Truly a delight to work with. Despite some venue challenges, both were polite, professional, upbeat and wonderful musicians. I'd have them back anytime.
We hired Kanako to play at my son't wedding and she was absolutely fantastic to work with; she really helped make my sons wedding extra special. She was happy to play all of the music that we requested- classical, pop tunes and even some Disney tunes She arrived early and started playing on time without needing any help or fuss. She arranged for a cellist and the string duet music sounded beautiful-- She was professional, courteous and delightful to work with in every way, and reasonably priced as well. Communication was clear, prompt and easily accomplished./ I would absolutely recommend her for any event. I understand she plays solo or can arrange for trios and quartets as well as duets with other violins or other instruments. I look forward to working with Kanako Shimasaki again in the future.
Kanako was absolutely outstanding. Kanako and her team ( a pianist) performed at my wedding reception in September 2015. She performed 5 songs. Prior to her performance, she worked with me via e mail for a period of one month to select songs. Some of the songs I had selected were not part of her list and the notes were not available for these songs. She created her own notes for these songs and delivered an amazing performance. I highly recommend her for your event.
Kanako organized a quartet for a Major Gift donor dinner and was nothing short of amazing. I had worked with her a little over a year ago and knew that she would deliver nothing short of excellence. She was so easy to work with, and great throughout the program knowing exactly when to play, enter the stage, exit the stage, etc. She and the entire quartet are an extremely talented group of individuals. I would (and already have) highly recommend her to anyone, for any type of event.
Our wedding reception began with an outdoor champagne reception overlooking a horse farm. Kanako and her cellist provided beautiful music as guests arrived to my daughter's gala evening. She finished the assignment indoors while hors d'oeuvres were served. Total time was just oven an hour and her music and graceful demeanor were noted by many! Thank you for making our day such a success.
Kanako was very professional and easy to work with. She is very talented and the ceremony music was beautiful!!
The quartet was wonderful. Our violinist was lovely and professional.
Kanako, and three of her fellow musicians, recently played at my wedding! They were absolutely wonderful!!!!! I was impressed with Kanako's professionalism and her quick response to my questions regarding arrangements for the ceremony! She even helped me find someone to create a new arrangement for our recessional song and then did all the coordinating with that person!! I was truly impressed!!!! I would highly recommend Kanako for weddings or other engagements!!!
We had the good fortune of engaging Kanako to a reception we hosted to introduce our son and his bride to our friends after their out of town wedding. Her violin performance fitted very well with the occasion. She was very professional but very personal as well, playing the selections we requested with great beauty and quality everyone enjoyed and raved about her performance. It was a truly wonderful experience!
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would!
We were so happy we decided to have Kanako play for our daughters wedding. They were on time and very professional. She thought of things that we did not like cues for each song for the ceremony. We would definitely recommend them. The music was a beautiful addition to the ceremony.
Kanako put together a string quartet to entertain the residents of the senior living community where I work. In all dealings she has been consummately professional and she and the group as a whole were top notch. We wouldn't hesitate to hire Kanako or her group in the future.
Kanako and her fellow musicians exceeded my expectations with their performance at my daughters wedding ceremony. Our guests were very complimentary at the reception about the quartet's performance. I would highly recommend Kanako to anyone looking for perfection and professionalism in a musician. OUTSTANDING!
Kanako played for my wedding and did an amazing job. We had to find new ceremony music just 2 weeks before the wedding and were so happy to find her! She found another great musician to play the ceremony with her, and also quickly found arrangements of the songs we wanted and learned them all in just a few days so she could make sure our ceremony was perfect. She was very helpful, quick to respond, and did a fantastic job. We were so lucky to find her!
She did a fantastic job! My wedding ceremony was beautiful thanks to her music; everyone loved it. She also worked with me to get the songs we wanted. I would highly recommend her any occasion!
Past Booked Events
|November 24, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 28, 2018 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 14, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 21, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|April 27, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding|
|April 13, 2018 • 8:00pm - 8:15pm||Surprise|
|March 17, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 21, 2017 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 14, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 22, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 19, 2017 • 8:30pm - 9:15pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 24, 2017 • 12:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding|
|May 06, 2017 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding|
|April 08, 2017 • 2:40pm - 4:00pm||Wedding|