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STROLLING VIOLIN     

                                                                 

                                                                                        Steve at LeMont

Strolling Violinist Steven Vance has entertained thousands of Weddings, Corporate and Association Banquets, Special Events, Trade Shows, Cocktail Parties, Hospitality Suites, Themed Events, and Private Parties for over twenty years. A Pittsburgh native, he has also performed in New York City, Washington DC, Baltimore ,Kansas City, Myrtle Beach, The Poconos, and over every hill and dale in the Tri-State area. Steven has honed his skills by perfecting many styles of music to build a repertoire of over 1,000 tunes including everything from Mozart to "Phantom of The Opera" to The Charlie Daniels Band.

Out of that wealth of experience he has developed a unique strolling performance perfect for sophisticated affairs and casual programs. From convention groups of one thousand to romantic dinners for two, Steven enchants listeners with his smoothly polished sounds. Former First Lady Barbara Bush has had the opportunity to experience his unique talent when Steven performed "Yellow Rose of Texas" and "String of Pearls" for her. He entertained at a Birthday Party for Former Governor of PA and Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. and he was invited by Pittsburgh Symphony Conductor Mariss Jansons (who heard him at a Bar Mitzvah) to play at the going-away party for his Symphony musicians.

Mobility is the key as Steven brings the music to you via his state-of-the-art wireless sound system which recreates a "Concert Hall" sound so that no one misses a note of the show. Free to move about, he can entertain virtually everyone in a personal, interactive way that makes it memorable for your guests.

It's not just the music, but Steven's brand of fun, style, and audience-participation that helps everyone feel like they are part of the show. The music of Steven Vance compliments any occasion - although even at 6'3" tall he - never overshadows the event.

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                                                                        Strolling Violinist Steven Vance at Duquesne Club

                                                                     Steve at The Duquesne Club

THE REQUEST LINE IS OPEN is his most popular performance. This begins with light background music during Cocktails, then at Dinner, he moves into the traditional table-to-table style allowing your guests to hear what they want to hear. Everyone's experience is enhanced by his use of his Top 100 (soon to be 200) Requests Lists which he places table-tent style (if you wish) on each table for each group to choose their own favorites. People love these lists and they are waiting for him when he comes around. It's an excellent icebreaker and conversation starter too ! There is a copy of the list on this site (see link below).

He can also theme music for Special Events - Italian, Irish, Viennese, Latin, Gypsy, Patriotic Country and Bluegrass Fiddle and more. He also has excellent MC skills so if you need a few simple announcements or need the whole evening coordinated he is ready, willing, and able to help.

Although he often performs alone, there are a number of other formats he can offer. His KEYSTRING DUO is a Violin and Piano/Keyboard Duo which plays the whole spectrum of musical styles and is ideal for many events. STRIO is his strolling violin group which can now present up to 5 violins and offers the option of a wireless sound system which creates a majestic orchestral sound. The VIENNA NIGHTS ORCHESTRA is a totally unique "dance" band showcasing 2 or 3 Violins, Piano and Bass playing Viennese Waltzes, Jitterbugs, Tangos, Troika's, Jazz Standards, and a surprise or two. His SKYVIEW JAZZ TRIO swings with the best of them. The CAFE TRIO is a European-style strolling group with accordion and Bass doing French, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, and ... He even offer a STROLLING VIOLIN And DJ PACKAGE where he can take care of the whole night of fun. There are links to all of these other options at the bottom of the page. With him, there's never a dull moment.

                                                                        Strolling Violinist Steven Vance at Quail Hollow Resort in White Tie and Tails

                                                           Steve at Quail Hollow Resort in Cleveland

     

Strolling Violinist Charles May

Classical, Jazz/Swing, Irish, and Strolling Violinist Charles May has performed for hundreds of Special Events throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. As lead violinist for The Swing Shifters, he was prominent on their commercial recordings, "Early Shift" and "Jasmine Jitterbug". As an Irish fiddler, he performs for Irish dance competitions throughout the region. Charles leads the Vintage Jazz Duo, delighting café and corporate audiences to the sounds of jazz violin and guitar. With a classical background, He has been a regular in regional professional orchestras since 1990, leads the CAMA StringQuartet, Trio, and Duo, performs often as a Solo and Strolling Violinist for Weddings and Corporate Events, and plays regularly with the Steven Vance Vienna Nights Orchestra, Café Trio, and Strio Strolling Violin Trio.

Strolling Violinist Pablo Ardiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obtained his Bachelor in Chamber Music at the University of La Plata in Buenos Aires,         Argentina and his Master of Music in violin performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He  also holds an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. While at Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Ardiles studied with the legendary Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Ardiles has performed as a soloist, concertmaster, section principal and orchestra member of many orchestras and ensembles in the Tri-state area as well as in Latin American and European orchestras. He taught chamber music at the Carnegie Mellon pre college program and coached the string section of several local youth orchestras. Mr. Ardiles is currently artistic director of the Pittsburgh Youth Chamber Orchestra (PYCO). Pablo has played in our Café Trio, Vienna Nights Orchestra, Strio Strolling Violin Trio and has performed as a Strolling Violinists, Solo Violinists for Wedding ceremonies, and been group leader of our String Ensembles. He also teaches Violin and Viola in his spare time.

Strolling Violinist Ron Molinaro/Candlelight Duo

He was a member of the popular variety dance band "Pizazz" for many years during the 80's and has done hundreds of solo Strolling Violin performances as well as being part of the Candlelight Duo with his Keyboardist wife Claire for the past 15 years. They make a very classy couple. He does use a wireless sound system with the Violin so everyone can hear as he moves around the room. He can provide the Request Lists for the tables if you like that idea. Ron is a full-time high school choral and string orchestra music teacher and is also an accomplished guitarist and gives private instruction in guitar and violin. He has worked with our Café Trio, Keystring Duo, and String Quartets.

 

 

 

 

 

Strolling Violinist Nate Goodrich

Nate is a multi-style expert playing the more traditional Classical music for Ceremonies, a broad range of Broadway. Movie, Romantic and ethnic favorites as a strolling player and also plays a fine fiddle when the event calls for it.  He even plays some guitar. Plus, he can add electric violin and backing tracks a client or couple is looking for a more contemporary sound. On top of all that, he is a full-time school music teacher.

 

Strolling Violinist Andrew Bronkaj

(Pronounced “"bronk-eye"”) Andy is a graduate of Duquesne University and has traveled the nation as part of the famous Duquesne Tamburitzans and other Eastern European music groups.  For us he has done Solo Violin for ceremonies, Strolling Violin for receptions, played with other Violinists and/or Accordion in strolling groups, done traditional Quarte and Trio ensembles, and played in the Vienna Nights Orchestra.  Andy plays in local symphony orchestras and is a full-time music teacher at the High School Level.

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