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Top Rated Classical Musicians Around Ashburn, VA

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Xen Live
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yauheniya Z.
Verified review

I had the pleasure to work with Xen Live on May 14th, 2018 at Richland Golf Club, Middletown MD. He was very professional in every aspect: setting the speakers and the microphones ahead of time, providing a high quality equipment and being attentive to all the musicians including a singer, pianist, and violinist. The volume level was properly adjusted and the ceremony went as smoothly as possible despite the fact there was high wind at the site. I can't wait to work with Xen Live again, and highly recommend his business to everyone who is looking for a perfect wedding. Zhenya Zianouka, violinist pixieviolin.com

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Erin J.
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Mood for Guitar delivered, from start to finish. They were spontaneous as well as disciplined, fun as well as serious. They are excellent musicians and warm and lovely people who are responsive, creative, and fun-loving. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter G.
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My 15 year old daughter has being "playing" with a guitar for a couple of years now. I wanted her to get some proper training and Steve is an inspiration for her. His love of guitar and music is infectious and he knows how to teach the technical side, without it becoming boring. I also grabbed my guitar and joined in. We have now set up a weekly schedule and I hope to be the dad of a serious rock and roll guitarist in the near future. Thanks Steve!

Nicole Lamm Vocal Studio LLC
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa N.
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Ms. Nicole Lamm was my very first voice teacher. I started taking voice lessons with her at about age 13, and continued for over 5 years, for all of 8th-12th grades. Being at the most beginning stages of singing, Nicole not only introduced me to a genre of music that I never thought I would sing, but that I would easily fall in love with. She brought me from an inexperienced child to a young lady, preparing me and instilling in me musicianship, work ethic and and a passion for classical music, including art song, musical theater and opera. Her teachings are affective for anyone, young or old, beginner or professional. Because of her patience and time spent with me all those years, I have been singing for over 10 and am continuing my studies as an opera singer, a career that began with her and will last a lifetime.

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Don Bruce
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Krishnan C.
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He really knows his stuff with regards to vocals, in terms of music theory and breathing technique. His knowledge of rock vocalists' technique is clearly shown and helps me a lot in shaping my goals in singing. He is also very friendly and helpful, and I would definitely recommend visiting him if you are interested in learning more about singing.

Smithson Music
4.9
from 113 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Richard L.
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I have used Alvin Smithson's services for over five years as a piano tuner, teacher and performer. I am always impressed with his skills, artistry and professionalism. Alvin first came to tune my 100-years old Steinway after it had been neglected for a number of years. He first examined the instrument, diagnosed what needed to be done and then proceeded with his expert tuning. Immediately after he was done and started playing, I was amazed at how good the piano sounded. Alvin explained that with a piano that hasn't been tuned or played in so many years, it will take some time to achieve its best form and sound for which it was built. A short time after, my wife started taking piano lessons from Alvin and as she started gaining proficiency in playing under his guidance, the piano itself gained a rich pleasing sound. Alvin paid close attention and adjusted notes or did a full tuning whenever needed. He also took the time to clean the strings and do minor technical adjustments. When a string needed to be replaced, Alvin recommended a technician from a highly reputable company. Overall, we owe it to his expertise to have the wonderful old piano do what it was built for by the Steinway masters. I should also mention that I heard some great musicians at venues where Alvin is the regular piano tuner. People who visit our house and hear our piano, or play it themselves, always compliment its sound. But the best comes when Alvin himself sits at the keyboard, whether at our house, at a social function or performing in the theater, it's such a joy to hear him play some great classical pieces as well as his own wonderful compositions. He is truly a very talented, sensitive and highly knowledgeable artist. And such a pleasant person, too. My wife and I feel fortunate to have Alvin give us the best piano sound to enjoy live music in our home. I would recommend him to anyone as piano tuner, teacher and overall musician.

Michael Lupo
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Craig T.
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Have known Michael for many years! Have listened to many Piano concerts through that Michael has performed in! He was the pianist at my church for many years! Michael also filled in for our music minister when he was not there! Including holding choir and worship team practices! He is an exceptional musician! He also gave Piano lessons for many years! Very gifted young man! Craig Tucker

Brooksley Bishop Violinist
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Antoinette M.
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This review is way over due, we hired Brooksley to play for our wedding ceremony back in November 2014. And I must say that she played so beautifully, we were so pleased with her and in aww with her talent. We would definitely recommend Brooksley to friends and family who are looking for musicians for their special occasions. Thank you for your beautiful music, it made our ceremony extra special.

  • 14 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jim K.
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Billy was superb ..came early..stayed late helped everyone out and is a great musician

MarkOHarps, LLC
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly H.
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I have hired musicians for over 25 years for different events. Mark was one of the most talented, professional, gracious and kindest person I have met. He played for a group of 60. The reviews from our guests were unlike anyone we have had in the past. We will certainly have him back in the near future. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a harpist.

Steve Kenley
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy V.
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Steve played at our wedding on October 1st. We had our guest arrive about an hour before the ceremony and Steve entertained them on the patio area while they enjoyed appetizers and drinks. Our guests then moved to the front of the plantation home we had rented and Steve moved to his 2nd set up he had there to continue entertaining our guests before switching to music for the procession. After the service, Steve again set up on the patio and played for several hours. The music that Steve played was perfect over dinner and the hours that followed. Later in the evening, Steve allowed the younger guest to play dance music through his sound system that got the crowd dancing late into the night. While we told Steve multiple times that he didn't have to stay, he graciously stayed well past the time we had agreed upon without asking to be compensated (we did on our own). We have received many compliments from our guest about how great Steve was. We would highly recommend Steve for your event. Steve --thanks for making our wedding so special!!! Paul and Tracy

Zachary Grim
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jessy W.
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Always a great pleasure to work with! I've been taking guitar lessons with Zachary for about a year now, and there is really no better teacher around. He is a great classical talent and has so much to offer a student. Five stars!

Glaize Avenue Studios, LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Emily P.
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Jonathan is an excellent musician! He was also incredibly responsive and helpful with every question I asked leading up to the event. Although we never got a chance to meet on my wedding day the music he performed was flawless. He is extremely easy to work with and very professional. Hire him!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Abha S.
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Jabari has been a wonderful teacher. He is methodical, knowlegable, enthusiastic and patient. I am a beginner adult student who was looking for somebody well-versed in classical music, and with an ability to teach both theory and practical. He has been everything I was looking for in a teacher. You can't go wrong!

John Kunu's Piano Studio
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Vicki B.
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John Kunu is flexible in his approach to teaching, he brings many styles & skills to the keyboard, and he is willing to teach to what the goals of the student are rather than a regimented steps approach. John has been my daughter's piano teacher for several years. We are a musical family so it was important to us to choose a teacher with the depth in classical but also the breadth of knowledge in contemporary pop music, in order to keep our teen engaged in what she was learning. John's flexibility to teach to her interest areas while still making sure she mastered foundational skills and repertoire are rare in a piano teacher. We love that he weaves both classical instruction and improvisation so that a student is comfortable playing a piece of Bach as well as the latest songs on the radio. This has kept the learning fresh and relevant. But the greatest thing of all is when we hear our daughter wander over to the piano and just play -- she sounds beautiful and it is utter joy hearing your child make music and know that she will have this for a lifetime.

Mike Ault
5.0
from 8 reviews
    Doug S. S.
    Verified review

    Mike Ault is a true professional - a great musician, guitar player, performer and a good guy as well :) I highly recommend his talents to anyone interested - and will continue to hire him in the future!

    Musical DJs

    New To Thumbtack

    • 11 years in business
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    For our Wedding DJ and Lighting, musicaldjs.com For Music Production and Recording, danlamaestra.com We specialize in DJ/MC, Live Music, and Lighting, and each event we handle is a customized, one-of-a-kind fullfillment of a UNIQUE vision. We are also professional musicians, and produce recordings and custom music tracks and mixes. Owned and operated by professional musicians, with over 25 years of experience. We are a "wedding-focused" company, and we LOVE what we do! What's Your Vision for an Amazing Wedding?

    Joel Michael-Schwartz Music
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Franca M.
    Verified review

    Joel is an incredible teacher! He helped me and 2 other friends (who also take classes with him around the same time) to put together a band that was playing live shows after 6 months of lessons. All of us were completely novice musicians. He even learned how to play a new instrument, the Andean charango, so he could teach one of our band members how to incorporate it into our playing. Joel's lessons are fun and disciplined. Exactly the combination you want for making progress and staying invested in learning how to play your instrument.

    Mr. Ron's Music
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 24 years in business
    Michael D.
    Verified review

    Ron gave me a lot of help when I was learning to accompany singers and saxophone players. He showed me chord configurations that made me sound like a pro. I was asked to join a jazz combo. He was also great at accompanying me as a singer.

    • 10 years in business
    Robert G.
    Verified review

    Julien did a really good job playing for our wedding. Our original musician cancelled on us last minute and Julien was able to pull together a great set for us and even learn a piece that my now-wife really wanted to have played during the reception. He was really friendly but also very professional and knowledgable.

    EL Melody Vocal Studio
    5.0
    from 35 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 20 hires on Thumbtack
    Dave D.
    Verified review

    Because of Sam's background in both classical and contemporary singing, Sam is a very versatile voice teacher. Whether one seeks to learn how to sing opera, musical theater, pop or soul, Sam's your guy!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is a mariachi band?

    Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    How many mariachis can a band have?

    A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

    How much does a mariachi band cost?

    A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

    • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
    • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
    • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.