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Ceremony Music in New York, NY,
(646) 640-7769
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  • 21 Reviews


    Kimberly

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  • James did a fantastic job playing at our wedding ceremony. He was so nice and professional, and sounded lovely! He played with another cellist, and the two of them sounded great together!

    Vladimir Teterukov

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  • James exceeded our expectations by far! We wanted something different for our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and we got the right guy! James' sound was amazing and carried throughout the whole outdoor seating area. He has a great mix of classical, old school, and modern music in his repertoire in addition to being able to improvise and go along with many songs you may have on the dance floor. Me and my wife strongly recommend him as he will be one of the best investments you can make for your event!

    Bettina Amore

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  • I found James through GigSalad. I needed a violinist for my wedding ceremony. He was very responsive and when we connected on the phone to see if our personalities matched, it worked out really well. He's not just skilled in what he does, he's also very pleasant to work with. He's very accommodating and he gave me good songs recommendations. He can play old songs to modern ones. He even broke it out for me to do a pre-wedding, recessional, and post. He matched the songs very well with what we were expecting, and not only that, we asked him for some songs not within his regular repertoire and he kindly accommodated (with enough prep time for him, of course; we were very considerate about that). He was also available for me and my groom during the prep calls via Skype to plan out details. I so appreciated that. On the day of the wedding itself, even though there were plans we discussed, he was flexible to accommodate according to the needs of the moment during the actual event.... Read more

    Rebecca

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  • We had a rooftop ceremony in July and didn’t want our ceremony music played off an ipad so I was happy I was able to find a musician available for my date within 2 months of my date. James was SO pleasant to chat with and I especially love that he was open to playing the classics as well as contemporary songs. Bonus points for playing Despacito! I even asked him to surprise the groom with a rendition of the Star Wars theme music when he appeared, which was a fun touch. The only call out I have is that his backing track was a bit too loud; it made it difficult to hear his amazing violin at times. Other than that, James is a professional and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a violinist and I actually wish I had an excuse to book him again myself!

    Rafiqul Chowdhury

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  • I could not be more pleased with my experience with James. He was very professional and punctual, but most importantly he went above what my expectations were. I would highly recommend him. Very talented individual!

    shante

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  • James made our wedding ceremony and cocktail so unforgettable. I continue to have family and friend rave about how nice the violinist was. At first I was looking to book a 3-4 person band but after hearing James and reading other reviews. I knew it wasn’t needed. From beginning to end he reassured me that everything would be ok and you immediately made us feel at ease. The song selections and the help he gave was everything I had wanted. Thanks again for making our wedding day unforgettable.

    Dania

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  • I am so happy we hired James for our wedding .He was the perfect touch of magic we were looking to add to our cocktail hour .The guests are still talking about how amazing his performance was .Thank you James !

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    Dania, Your wedding cocktail hour was one of the best experiences I've had at a cocktail hour. I loved your guests and I could feel they were really enjoying my music too! All the best to you!!

    Vanessa M

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  • James performed at my best friend’s wedding in which I was the Maid of Honor. The wedding was 7/18/19z. James was so incredible. James’ set was during cocktail hour. He deformity took cocktail hour to the next level. He made sure he interacted with the guest and it was quite an experience. It was the perfect touch to the start of an amazing evening.

    Seamus Rhatigan

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  • James and his partner were great! I hired them to be the music for my our wedding ceremony in Central Park conservatory gardens. They showed up early, set up quick and started playing immediately. They had a great selection of perfect music for the occasion. James read the style and the theme perfectly and played to it. He even did a custom rendition of songs for my 👰 to come down the isle to. I booked him on pretty short notice and he was very accommodating. Thank you James. Would definitely recommend!

    Caroline Baker

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  • James was the perfect choice for our daughter's church wedding music!!! He and the musicians he chose as a string quartet for Maggie and Chris' Wedding were the perfect ensemble. Part of the dream of a perfect wedding was her walking down the aisle of her childhood church with her Dad to " A Thousand Years!" James made sure that dream came true. His music was absolutely amazing. He and his team had all of our guests with tears of joy and needing to remind ourselves to breath. I wish I could give James so many more stars then 5. Just when you think you've planned the perfect day, not only does James validate that you did, but his music is the final polish!!! He is a must hire all days important in your life!!! Thank you James and team!!!

    Katie Ambrose

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  • We loved having James perform at our wedding ceremony! He was professional and everyone raved about his work. He was very available before the wedding to chat and go over songs and gave suggestions while also listening to what we wanted. He was able to play the typical wedding songs as well as current hits and oldies! We would definitely recommend him.

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    Katie, thank you for having me play at your wedding! I loved the location, and I loved the feedback from your guests. I'm glad you all enjoyed yourselves.

    Mustafa Aksoy

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  • James did such an amazing job at our intimate wedding reception!! He is super talented, professional and responsive. We are so grateful that he played at our reception. All our guests were amazed at how beautifully he played. Truly made our night extra special. Thank you so much James!! I would highly recommend :)

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    Thank you, Mustafa! It was such a beautiful ceremony and dinner, and I was happy to be a part of it.

    Marie

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  • James truly made our wedding special! He was so professional! Came early to make sure everything can be set up on time. Played beautifully! We had a younger crowd so we asked for all modern songs and all the songs he played were magnificent! Super talented, did an amazing job! Couldn’t be more thankful for making our wedding so beautiful! Would highly recommend!

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    Marie, your wedding was so beautiful. Everything went as planned and the love in the room was radiating from everyone. Enjoy your magical Greek honeymoon! You both deserve it. ❤️❤️❤️

    Maggie Cassion

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  • James was so professional, responsive and kind when coordinating on my intimate wedding celebration. He did such an amazing job and is extremely talented. His music made the our celebration so special and fit our vision perfectly. I highly recommend him for any event.

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    Maggie, Thank you for your review! Your dinner was so fun to play at, I wish they were all just as fun! I hope you and your husband have a blessed marriage.

    Kristen

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  • After our first violinist cancelled on us two months prior to our wedding, I freaked out and had to search for a new violinist. I found James Teal Violin via thumbtack, and am so glad I did! James was very responsive and polite during the planning phase, asked all the questions I would have forgotten to think and gave me helpful suggestions. On the day of, he and the cellist who played with him, also named James, arrived punctually and set up without any trouble. They played all the songs we discussed, and during the cocktail hour they mixed up with song list with some classical music and some contemporary music, which our guests greatly enjoyed! Overall, I would highly highly recommend James Teal Violin for any event!!

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    Kristen, I loved preparing for your wedding because you challenged me and James the cellist to play different music, and I'm happy you did- we expanded our repertoire! I'm wishing you and Nico a most blessed and happy marriage.

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