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HOW TO BOOK OUR MUSICIANS

OUR STRING QUARTET PRICES

Our prices include GST and travel time, so there are no hidden costs.

We ensure our arrival 20 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time, allowing for a seamless setup and punctual commencement of the performance.

Our prices below are for background music only.

We recommend hiring a string quartet as it provides rich harmonies, ample volume, and it allows us to perform our full range of repertoire and song requests.

A string quartet includes two violinists, a violist, and a cellist. A string trio includes two violinists and a cellist, and a duo includes a violinist and cellist. A solo can be a violinist, violist or cellist.

Our award-winning musicians perform with Australia’s leading orchestras.

Within 30 minutes drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 30 minutes drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 1 hour drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 1 HOUR drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 1.5 hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 1.5 HOURS drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 2 hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 2 HoURS drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 2.5 hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 2.5 Hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 3 hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 3 Hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 3.5 hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 3.5 Hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 4 hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

Within 4 Hours drive from CBD

We arrive 20 minutes early to set up.

STRING SOLO, DUO, TRIO, OR QUARTET HIRE COST

Above are our string quartet hire costs, as well as options for string trio, duo, and solo performances.

Our string quartet hire cost is inclusive of GST and based on travel distance from the CBD.

String Musicians Australia is registered with the Government as trusted award-winning musicians and recording artists.

Our prices above are for background music only. If you require us to perform for an attentive audience, please contact us for a quote.

Depending on the complexity of the music and the size of the group, it may be necessary to schedule a rehearsal in advance, which would incur an extra cost.

If you’d like us to perform with other musicians, like vocalists, we will need to arrange sheet music and a rehearsal, which would also incur an extra cost.

Unsure how many hours to hire our musicians for? For a more accurate string quartet hire cost estimates, simply view our different function and performance options for a guide on typical hire times.

THE PERFECT ENSEMBLE: WHY A STRING QUARTET REIGNS SUPREME

A string quartet is considered the best configuration for chamber music due to its balanced and rich sound. Here’s an explanation of why each ensemble size — quartet, trio, duo, and solo violin or cello — offers different qualities in terms of harmonies and a fuller, enriched sound:

String Quartet: A string quartet consists of two violins, a viola, and a cello. With four different voices and a wide range of timbres, the string quartet offers a complete harmonic palette. The combination of the instruments allows for intricate and complex harmonies, as well as the ability to play both melody and accompaniment simultaneously. The quartet’s interplay and dialogue between the four instruments create a balanced and symphonic texture, giving it a rich and full sound. A string quartet is best for all music especially any modern pop music.

String Trio: A string trio typically consists of two violins and a cello, omitting the viola. While it may lack the fullness and complexity of a string quartet, a trio can still produce beautiful harmonies. The absence of the viola results in a slightly lighter texture. The trio’s smaller size can lead to more intimate and transparent performances, where each instrument’s contribution is distinctly heard.

String Duo: A string duo can be formed by pairing any two string instruments, such as violin and viola or violin and cello. The duo format offers limited possibilities for intricate harmonies compared to quartets or trios, making it more suitable for simpler classical music and not recommended for modern popular music. Despite its simplicity, a string duo can still create a pleasing and resonant sound, especially for small gatherings and intimate spaces.

Solo Violin or Cello: In a solo setting, a single violin or cello bears the sole responsibility for the melody without the support of accompanying harmonies, resulting in a potentially more stripped-down sound compared to ensemble performances. However, despite the absence of harmonies, a skilled soloist can still captivate audiences through their technical expertise and emotionally expressive interpretations. The solo option is particularly well-suited for classical music compositions like J.S. Bach’s Six Solo Suites for cello and the 6 Sonatas and Partitas for violin, where the virtuosity and individualistic nature of the instrument can shine through in showcasing the intricate beauty and depth of these solo works.

In conclusion, while a string quartet is considered the optimal choice for an unforgettable experience, we also provide alternative options to accommodate clients on a budget or for venues with space limitations.

A string quartet requires a performance space of approximately 2.5m x 2.5m. If space is limited, a string trio can be offered, which requires a smaller area of 2m x 2m. For even more restricted spaces, a string duo can be arranged, needing only 1.5m x 1.5m. Lastly, a solo performance by a violinist or cellist requires the smallest area of 1.5m x 1m.

These options allow us to adapt to various situations while still delivering exceptional musical experiences.

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Our Awards

  ABC Young Performer of the Year Award
  Atheneum Chamber Music Award
  Hephzibah Menuhin Competition
  Melbourne Research Scholarship
  Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant
  Gwenn Prockter Cello Award
  McCaw-Bainton Scholarship
  Tait Memorial Trust Award
  Sid Curry Memorial Award
  Hattori Foundation Award
  Donald Hazelwood Award
  PPCA Foundation Award
  J Albert and Son Prize
  4MBS Musica Viva Sid Page Memorial Prize
  Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship
  Austral Salon Instrumental Competition
  Mietta Song Recital Award – Best Pianist
  Centenary Medal for Service to the Arts
  Margaret Sutherland Bursary Award
  Australia Council for the Arts Award
  E.V Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship
  Australian Music Foundation Award
  Dandenong Festival of Music & Arts Gold Medallion
  Australian Chamber Music Competition
  Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition
  Macklin Bursary Award
  Banff International String Quartet Competition
  Sleath Scholarship
  Australian Concerto Competition
  Australian National Piano Award
  Fine Music Australia Young Performer Award
  Gisborne International Music Competition, NZ
  Musica Viva Grand Prize
  Geoffrey Parsons Award
  Dorcus McClean Travelling Scholarship
  Kendall National Violin Competition
  Geelong Advertiser Music Competition
  Eric Read Cello Award
  Tallis Bursary Award
  Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition