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Ilana: Acoustic/Electric Violin & Ensembles
Ilana: Acoustic/Electric Violin & Ensembles

Ilana: Acoustic/Electric Violin & Ensembles

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Introduction: Looking for a patient and highly qualified violin teacher for a beginning or advanced adult or child? For high-energy, up-to-the-minute music for a spirited party? Or an elegant performer with over twenty years of experience performing at weddings and functions from San Francisco City Hall to Google HQ and with notable artists from Andrea Bocelli to ODESZA, Warren Haynes to Josh Groban? As one of the area's leading violinists, whether at a lavish wedding or a beachfront proposal, I can perform for you on acoustic or electric violin as soloist, with cello, electric guitar, or other instruments. My repertoire spans everything from classical to current R&B, pop, rock, and blues. Sometimes, I appear backed by iPad tracks or a DJ if that's the aesthetic you're looking for, usually a higher energy 'full band' feel. I am also a passionate teacher, accommodating all ages and levels from young children through adults at my East Bay home studio. My students will tell you that I'm a very fun, patient, and inspiring teacher who gently encourages students with an experiential and sometimes playful approach to learning that emphasizes excellent technique along with self-directed choices of goals and repertoire. I enjoy the rapport with audiences large and small, just as I enjoy the dialogue in every violin lesson, whether I'm teaching an adult or a two year old. I hope to meet and connect with you.

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Hired 52 times

Serves El Cerrito, CA

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19 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

34 reviews


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Jeevan B.

Music Entertainment

Ilana performed for our small family gathering (anniversary celebration). She has a great sense of reading the room and playing the right music to maximize the mood and energy. We all had a blast and would highly recommend her to anyone!
May 23, 2021
Kim M.

Music Entertainment

Thank you for making our day very special - the playlist was perfect - all of the guests enjoyed the range of music - we can’t thank you enough (mom to be was ecstatic)
Apr 11, 2021
Scott S.

Music Entertainment

We had to scale back our original wedding plans to a much smaller one due to covid. For this we booked Ilana to play violin during our ceremony. She was great! Made things very easy on us and the music was lovely. Would definitely recommend!
Nov 30, 2020
Dicla L.

Music Entertainment

We hired Ilana to play orchestral pop (a la Bridgerton) at our home for a private dinner party and she was absolutely phenomenal, far and away the highlight of the night. She played the violin and brought an amazing sound system for backing tracks, chose the set list at our request, and just blew us all away. I’d gladly work with her at every single event that I plan in the future.
Mar 15, 2021
Amir F.

Music Entertainment

Ilana was wonderful. She brought beauty and a sense of calm to an otherwise heartbreaking and unbearable event (funeral/memorial). We look forward to having her join us for more celebratory events in the future. Thank you, Ilana! -AHF
Feb 25, 2021
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Ilana Thomas


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Event rates are calculated based on a phone/email consultation about your needs, and vary according to location, number of musicians requested, custom arrangements, and other factors. I work hard to find a solution to keep events on budget while guaranteeing the best possible quality of performance. For violin lessons, I charge $40 per half hour lesson, $55 per 45 minutes, and $70 per hour.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I begin with a phone/email consultation to determine the needs of the client, then work from there.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory 1996 Prep work at SF Conservatory of Music 1989-1992

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