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

Ilana: Acoustic/Electric Violin & Ensembles

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$150/hour
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Introduction: Looking 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, the Eagles and Michael Buble to Josh Groban? A highly skilled musician who has been playing since the age of two, conservatory educated, who appears with almost every orchestra and many chamber ensembles throughout the Bay Area and far beyond? 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.
Overview

Hired 76 times

Serves Oakland, CA

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20 years in business

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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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

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Samantha S.
Aug 2, 2022
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She played at our wedding and it really elevated the entire event! We are so thankful she played and we’d recommend anyone to hire her.

Details: Wedding ceremony • 101 - 150 guests • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • 13 - 17 years old • Other strings • Band • No preference • Jazz / Blues • Outdoors

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Shraddha J.
Jul 22, 2021
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Ilana is an amazing person and excellent violinist. She drove all the way down south on a busy weekend to make my event possible all of this when their was so much uncertainty from my end. She is extremely kind hearted. Her violin music was enjoyed by each one of my family member. It was truly a one of a kind experience for us, and thanks to Ilana for making it happen ❤️❤️

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 12 years old or younger • 31 - 50 years old • Other strings • Vocals • Other • Other

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Ethel B.
Jul 11, 2021
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She’s amazing! Would highly recommend. Many of my family members complemented on the music. A variety of songs to pick from. Thank you so much for making our day so special!

Details: Wedding ceremony • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • Other strings • Guitar • No preference • Covers • Oldies • Outdoors

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Jeevan B.
May 23, 2021
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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!

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 31 - 50 years old • Vocals • Band • No preference • Covers • Pop / top 40 • Variety • Outdoors

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Kim M.
Apr 11, 2021
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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)

Details: General event / party • 26 - 50 guests • 31 - 50 years old • 18 - 30 years old • Other strings • Jazz / Blues • Variety • Covers • Outdoors

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Ilana Thomas

FAQs

  • 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. The stated rate in my profile is the rate for solo acoustic violin, my most minimal service. There are additional hourly charges for amplification/backing tracks/additional musicians. I do have a two hour minimum for most events, but in the case of a very short event (e.g. a proposal) where only one or two songs are required, I am willing to consider a discount off my usual two hour rate if scheduling permits. Most events also incur a small booking charge to cover my advertising on this site, and some events include a travel fee. All costs will be clear up front from the time you receive your initial quote, and will be clearly indicated in the professional contract you will receive when booking. For violin lessons, I charge $45 per half hour lesson, $65 per 45 minutes, and $80 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. I offer hands on, personalized planning from start to finish and enjoy developing a relationship with my clients that allows me to completely understand their needs & visions.

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

    B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory SF Conservatory of Music

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