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On WeddingWire since 2015

Last update: August 2023

Cadenza Strings is an agency offering wedding and reception music services in Ottawa, Ontario, and the surrounding area. Their ensembles include string quartets, trios, and duos. The group offers a large repertoire of music from a variety of genres and can learn new songs upon request. The musicians of Cadenza Strings are accomplished and respected professionals and have studied at the country’s best institutions. They bring vast experience to the service of couples on their big day.

Services offered

Cadenza Strings offers a wedding package that contains basic music services and more. This includes prelude music as guests are arriving and being seated, ceremony music, and postlude music. The group's offerings can also be extended to create a classy atmosphere at cocktail parties and reception dinners.

Frequently asked questions

Are you an agency or a band?

Agency

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?

Instrumental duo
String trio
Instrumental trio
Orchestra
String quartet

How many musicians are in your band?

7+

What genres of music does your band play?

Jazz
Acoustic
Classical
Oldies
Rock
Classic rock
Pop
Orchestra
Strings
Top 40
90s

What instruments does your group play?

Violin
Cello
Trumpet
Viola
Piano

What music services do you provide?

Bilingual
Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Instrumentals
Learning new songs
Reception music
Rehearsal dinner music
Willing travel

What services do you provide?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
Instrumentals
Learn new songs
Reception music
Rehearsal dinner music

What items are available?

Lighting

What is the starting price for wedding ceremony music?

$995

What is the average price for a wedding reception during peak season?

$1,500

What is the price of your most popular wedding package?

$1,550

What is the average price for a wedding reception during off-peak season?

$1,500

Which of the following are included in the price of your most popular wedding package?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony music
Cocktail hour music
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Reviews for Cadenza Strings

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
24 reviews
98% recommend it
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    5 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating

Latest reviews

Jasmine
Jasmine M. Sent on 11/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect touch

We booked a violin-cello duo for our ceremony and Cadenza exceeded our expectations. From the selections in their repertoire to the special requests we made that they brought to life, it was absolutely perfect. Brenna was so quick to respond to all questions and so organized making it all happen, knowing she had things under control meant I had one less thing to stress about! Our guests LOVED the music, Sonya and Oleg provided the perfect personal touch to the ceremony that brought everything together, and it meant the world to us. Cannot recommend them highly enough!
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Kelsey D. Sent on 10/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Strings Performance

I hired Cadenza Strings to play at my wedding and they did an incredible job. Everyone commented on how beautiful the music was, from the custom song choice they learned for me to walk down the aisle to the covers of pop songs played during the reception. 10/10 would reccomend!
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Derek W. Sent on 21/08/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful music with flexibility to learn new songs if needed

Cadenza strings added a beautiful atmosphere to my wedding and cocktail hour. Having a string quartet play during all the key moments during the ceremony was wonderful. Brenna, who was the main person of contact was quick to respond and did her best to ensure the the day went exactly how my partner and I wanted it to go. We were able to choose what songs we wanted to be played during the ceremony, and the quartet was willing to learn our wedding song (which was not on their repertoire) for a reasonable cost. Cadenza strings is definitely the way to go if you are interested in getting beautiful live music for your ceremony.
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Vera N. Sent on 06/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Cadenza Strings delivers!!!

I have no hesitation in recommending Cadenza Strings. Brenna is extremely professional, well informed, easy to deal with and communicates promptly. To sum it all up, they deliver!!!

We used Cadenza Strings at our July 2022 wedding. It was rather a late decision to add chamber music, but Brenna was able to ‘orchestrate’ the whole thing. ☺ We received much positive feedback from the guests on the inclusion of a chamber orchestra.

The musicians are very competent in their playing ability. They are very versatile and have a wide repertoire of music to choose from. We had them play as the guests arrived, for the processional, the recessional and during part of the cocktail hour. It all went off very well. We decided that as a signal that the event was about to begin, the musicians would change tempo from the airy classical tunes to the upbeat “Sweet Dreams”. This was very well done. Cadenza Strings does an exceptional rendition of this particular piece. Our processional was the joyful “Marry You”, perfect for the occasion.

The musicians not only play well, but they also look good in their elegant black clothing and are punctual.

Cadenza Strings would add an element of class to any occasion.



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Andrea B. Sent on 17/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Classical String Duo

We hired Cadenza Strings to provide live music accompaniment at our wedding in September 2022. The beautiful classical and modern pieces they played provided the perfect musical backdrop to the event. The musicians took care of all required preparations, thus one less thing for us to worry about leading up to the event.
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Allie S. Sent on 31/08/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Lovely live music for our wedding

We hired a string trio from Cadenza Strings to play music before/during our ceremony and throughout the subsequent cocktail hour. The music was great and all the guests enjoyed it! Musicians were on time and professional. Four stars for communication because they were sometimes slow to answer emails and confirm details.
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Philippe S. Sent on 18/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommended!

Terrific ensemble, very professional, and beautiful sound. I highly recommend them for anyone who wants classical music at their wedding. I have high standards when it comes to music, and thought they were brilliant.
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Karen S. Sent on 31/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing musicians

Cadenza Strings was an absolutely beautiful duo that enhanced the beauty of our wedding day immensely. Brenna was quick to respond to all e-mails and was very helpful when were at a loss in choosing our music for our ceremony. She gave us suggestions that coincided along some ideas that we provided her. These were two very talented musicians that enhanced our ceremony and reception and contributed to making for a perfect day! We would highly recommend Cadenza Strings!
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Jennifer Sent on 24/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Brenna is amazing!

Brenna is easy to communicate with, she provided other pop songs options for our ceremony exit song. Her live music made our ceremony very special and we would 100% recommend her and her band for anyone.
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Mark P. Sent on 29/04/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Cadenza Strings were flexible, easy-going, and professional.

Cadenza Strings' classical music added that special touch to the atmosphere of our intimate outdoor wedding ceremony. Greg was a pleasure to communicate with throughout the process. He provided samples of their work and his honest opinion. With all the stress of trying to pull off a wedding during Covid, they made the process easy.
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Meet the team

Brenna
Brenna
Co-Founder & Violinist

I am a professional violinist, violist & entrepreneur based in Ottawa & Toronto, Ontario. I founded Cadenza Strings in 2004 with my best friend Sonya, while we were both students in the music program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. We've been providing music for weddings ever since!

I completed my post-secondary studies at the University of Montreal and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Outside the world of weddings, you can find me performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and many others.

When I am not performing or organizing music, I love to travel, read, and tend my many houseplants.

Greg
Greg
Cellist & Arranger

I come from a musical family and have played cello since a young age. I attended Canterbury High School's strings program and completed my postsecondary studies in cello performance at McGill University.

You can find me onstage with rock and Baroque bands alike – I even wrote and recorded the string parts for Australian metal band Parkway Drive's 2018 album "Reverence".

Special skills: I'm a professional plumber and I cook a mean omelette.

Sonya
Sonya
Co-Founder & Cellist

I am a professional cellist and music educator living in Gatineau, QC. From a young age, I have been passionate about collaborating with fellow musicians and organizing various musical projects - one of which was the creation of Cadenza Strings in 2004 with my best friend, Brenna!

Professionally, I split my time between teaching, creating content for my online business, and performing with a variety of musical organizations, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

I hold degrees in cello performance from the University of Montreal and the University of Houston, and am a three-time graduate of the Yoga Better teacher training program. If I'm not playing or teaching cello, you can likely find me doing handstands.

I'm also the mom of a rambunctious one year old, and a few too many cats.

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32 Commanche Drive K2E 6G1 Ottawa (Ontario)

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