Subito Strings ensembles perform for special events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.
Our musicians create a beautiful and memorable soundtrack to your special event. We are passionate about delivering the highest quality performances and we specialize in unique arrangements of contemporary music.
Our ensembles include String Orchestra, String Quartet, String Trio, Violin & Cello Duo, and Violin & Guitar Duo. We also offer solo instrumentalists. Our players are all career musicians, and hold advanced degrees from prestigious music conservatories across the country, including Northwestern University, USC, The Colburn School, and The Juilliard School.
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String Quartet - Classical
String Quartet - Contemporary
Violin and Cello Duo
Violin and Guitar Duo
Violinist and Coordinator Rebecca B. Chung holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School, where she was a pupil of Naoko Tanaka. At Juilliard, Miss Chung served as an active member of the Chamber orchestra, working closely with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. As an Irene Diamond Fellow, she received a full scholarship to pursue her degree. She was also a full scholarship recipient at Northwestern University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Recently, Miss Chung was invited back to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra as the winner of concerto competition. Miss Chung began studying violin with Roland and Almita Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she was an active member of the American Chamber Strings under the direction of Roland Vamos. She then continued her studies with Almita Vamos at Northwestern University, where she was the recipient of the Wade Fetzer Fellowship. During her high school years, she was mentored by David Taylor and Yuan-Qing Yu, both assistant concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As an active string quartet musician, Miss Chung has worked closely with the Pacifica Quartet and the Chicago String Quartet and has been coached by Jonathan Feldman of The Juilliard School and Peter Salaff of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Miss Chung has recently returned from a tour in South America with the Del Gesu Strings. As an orchestral performer, she has attended many renowned music festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival Music and School, Weathersfield Music Festival, and Meadowmount School of Music. At the Pacific Music Festival, Miss Chung premiered a string quartet work of Toru Takemitsu. An international performer, Miss Chung has performed in Austria, Germany, Korea, Japan, The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Chile, and throughout the United States.
Maksim Velichkin is an accomplished cellist, pianist, and harpsichordist who has been active as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra artist among an international circle featuring venerable conductors and headlining classical stars. He has worked with James Levine, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Wolfgang Sawallish, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov, Yuri Bashmet, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Bobby Mc Ferrin, Joshua Bell, Martha Argerich, Gabriela Montero, Renaud Capucon, Lynn Harrell, Misha Maisky, Frans Helmerson as well as many others. Maksim’s performances have been featured on Radio Swiss Romande, WQED FM in Pittsburgh, National Radio and Television of Uzbekistan. Moreover, as an improviser and interpreter of contemporary and popular music Maksim’s performance and recording career includes credits with noted musical celebrities Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Billy Childs, Burt Bacharach, Bobby McFerrin, Dwight Trible, Bitter:Sweet, Chris Botti, Bob James, Josh Groban, Red Elvises, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole, Alan Silvestri, Richard Thompson and many others.
A native of Los Angeles, Hillary Smith has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. A passionate chamber musician, Hillary was a founding member of Quartet LaMi, which was selected as a finalist in two of the country’s most prestigious chamber music competitions: The Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. Other quartet highlights include a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and performances in Montepulciano, Italy with world-renowned violist Richard O’Neill. A graduate of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts, Hillary recently received her Master of Music degree with distinction from UCLA. In addition to numerous outreach performances as a Gluck Fellow, Hillary also performed as a soloist with both the UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Symphony, and was selected to participate as a fellow in the inaugural International Piatigorsky Cello Festival. Her principal teachers have been Antonio Lysy, Rachael Lonergan, and Anita Swearengin.
Violinist Eric Wuest is a versatile musician equally accomplished as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UCLA Philharmonia. Eric has participated in international violin competitions, including the Second Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition, the 10th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition, and 8th Seoul International Music Competition. As a chamber musician, he has performed throughout southern California on many concert series, including the South Bay Chamber Music Society and Dana Point Coastal Arts concert series. Eric has attended the Taos School of Music and Banff Summer Chamber Music Residency, where he has worked closely with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Juilliard, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as pianists Robert MacDonald and Jamie Parker. As an experienced orchestral musician, Eric has been a member of the New West Symphony since 2007. He was also the principal second violinist on the multi-Grammy Award winning album “Songs of Innocence and of Experience” by William Bolcom, which was recorded at the University of Michigan in 2004.
A native of Los Angeles, Christopher Ahn has recently performed solo recitals at the Brand Library and Art Center, UCLA, California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Santa Monica College, and has collaborated chamberrio music performances on the Chapman University faculty concert series, the Dilijan chamber music series at Zipper Hall, the L’Ermitage Foundation concert series, the Music Guild concert series, the Blackbird Music Project in Orange County, the concert series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach, and with the Los Angeles contemporary music collective ‘Synchromy.’ He has also performed numerous times for live radio broadcasts on the Sundays Live recital series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Summer activities have included the Aspen Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Banff Centre Masterclasses, Meadowmount School, and most recently, the Rencontres Musicales Camerata Lysy in Montepulciano, Italy. Chris has collaborated with members of the St. Lawrence, Ysaye, and Amar string quartets, and has performed in masterclasses for such distinguished musicians as Anner Bylsma, Ralph Kirshbaum, Lynn Harrell, Paul Katz, and members of the Takacs, Cleveland and Borodin quartets. Chris received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from UCLA and Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, with additional graduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Currently, he is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA. His principal teachers have included Antonio Lysy, Richard Aaron, Stephen Geber, and Colin Carr.
Since her arrival to Los Angeles, Cellist Alisha Bauer has been an active performer and collaborator in both classical and popular music settings. During her graduate studies in cello at UCLA, Ms. Bauer co-founded the Alcantara Piano Quartet, an ensemble that went on to participate in the Fischoff and Coleman International Chamber Music competitions. Ms. Bauer has performed in many weddings throughout Southern California and very much enjoys being apart of such a special occasion. She also has worked with notable artists in both live performance and in the studio, as well as performing on and off screen for the TV and Film music industries. Some of her recent performances include concerts with Tony Bennett, Andrea Bochelli, Sara Bareilles, William Joseph, and Mariah Carey. In addition, Ms. Bauer maintains a private studio and teaches cello at Los Angeles City College.
Violinist/Violist Hui-Ping Lee was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She began her music studies in Taipei and after receiving her degree she moved to United States and began to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens Collge(CUNY) while studying for her masters degree in violin, she was inspired to also study viola with Professor Daniel Phillips as well as violin and Lee later collaborated with Prof. Phillips in a highly acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Sinfornia Concertante. Besides being a soloist, she is also devoted to chamber music and has experience performing a wide variety of genres of music. In Los Angeles, she meets regularly with a chamber group rehearsal under Mr. David L. Wen, derictor of Clap & Tap Chamber Orchestra. Hui-Ping had her New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2006. Currently she is a active freelance musician and music educator in Los Angeles.
Violinist Betsy Braun is enjoying her multifaceted musical career in the Bay Area as a violin teacher, clinician, and freelance orchestral and chamber musician. A native of San Jose, Ms. Braun completed studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music with principal studies with Wei He, after previously attending Ithaca College, and the Royal College of Music in London. Her studies with Doris Fukawa at Summer Music West, Charles Castleman and Renato Bonacini at The Quartet Program, The Heifetz Institute, and Eastern Music Festival were all strong contributions to her undying devotion to playing chamber music. Whilst a student at SFCM, Ms. Braun was honored to play with the most elite of the Conservatory ensembles, with which she recorded for the Naxos label. Ms. Braun was one of the founding members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and during her time with the group she performed and recorded with many known artists including Third Eye Blind, Chicago, and Sting. To pass on her love for chamber music onto the next generation of gifted young musicians, Ms. Braun was also on faculty for 5 years for the prestigious Summer Music West Piano and String Academy at San Francisco Conservatory. These days, Ms. Braun can be frequently seen playing in Santa Cruz Symphony, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose, Monterey Symphony, and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. She currently lives and teaches violin to as many children and adults as she can fit in a week in San Jose, and also assists the music programs of local public schools.
Elizabeth D. Chung
Elizabeth D. Chung holds a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from The Juilliard School, where she is currently a Master of Music candidate. Elizabeth has performed with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Academy Conducting Orchestra, Keweena Symphony Orchestra, and Harper Symphony Orchestra. Elizabeth is a prize-winner of The Third Triennial Johansen International Competition, Lennox String Competition, MTNA String competition, Keweena Symphony Concerto Competition, Aspen Cello Concerto Competition. In 2007, Elizabeth was named semi-finalist in the Paulo International Cello Competition. In addition to her public performances, Elizabeth’s performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in Orchestra Hall was broadcast by Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 classical radio station. Elizabeth has performed solo and collaborated with the internationally renowned violinist, Midori, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., which was later broadcasted through NPR’s From the Top.
Violinist Marisa Sorajja made her solo debut with orchestra at age fourteen, and has since performed throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. Ms. Sorajja is the former concertmaster of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. She has also been a past participant in the Aspen Music Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Premio Paganini International Violin Competition. Ms. Sorajja has performed in many prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie of Berlin, Kurhaus Scheveningen in The Hague, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain. She has also had numerous television and radio appearances in the US and Thailand, and has also been featured in the Bangkok Post, and Thailand’s GM magazine. Ms. Sorajja obtained her artist diploma under Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.
Q: What are your rates?
A: Our rates depend on the duration of your event. Please contact us for a quote.
Q: Do you charge any additional fees, including taxes and gratuity?
A: Our pricing is all inclusive. We do not charge taxes or gratuity. Occasionally we do charge a travel fee, depending on the distance of your venue. Any travel fees will be disclosed with the initial price quote.
Q: Can you help me with the selection process?
A: We provide free consultations to help you select the music for your event. Our musicians have years of experience, and are happy to suggest selections that suit your musical taste. Our selection forms also include recommendations for different parts of your ceremony.
Q: I’d like to request a song that isn’t on your repertoire lists, do you take special requests?
A: Yes. We work with professional composers who can arrange any piece of music to the instrumentation of your choosing, for an additional fee.
Q: What is your payment policy?
A: We require a deposit of 50% with the return of your contract, and the remainder is due with your selection form, 10 days prior to the date of your event.
Q: When can I expect musicians to arrive at my event?
A: Musicians will arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your event/ceremony.
Q: Do your musicians perform at outdoor settings?
A: Our musicians are happy to perform outdoors. However, we do request that shade is provided to protect our instruments, and that an alternate indoor location is available in the case of inclement weather.
Q: What will the musicians wear?
A: Our musicians will dress in concert black: black suit with tie for men and long dressy black for women.