FAQ

What is the difference between the quartet and trio?


Our music is custom-designed for string quartet: 2 violins, viola, cello. Because the quartet represents our signature sound, it is by far our most popular booking. Almost all all of our songs also sound great played by a trio of violin, viola, and cello. Both ensembles are available with acoustic or electric instruments. Our producers will help you decide what works best for your event. For intimate occasions, we are happy to provide solo musicians or duos.




How does ESQ transform into a party band?


To our Electric String Quartet we can add anything from vocals and electric guitar, to a live drummer, keyboardist, and even an MC. We customize to your event needs and work with some of the best musicians in the industry to create an expanded band with ESQ at its core.




What kind of music do you play?


We have a vast repertoire from standard classical to popular music and we update it every year. If you have a special song request that is not on the list, just ask and we'll be happy to work with you!




Can I hear you play live?


Live performances that are open to the public will be listed on our website, Facebook, and Instagram. Follow us at @elegancequartet and please check out our Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube to keep up with our recordings.




Do you have insurance?


YES, a whole $1,000,000 liability policy! We would be happy to send your venue or event coordinator a copy of our COI.




Can musicians play outdoors?


Yes! However, due to the sensitivity of our instruments, we cannot perform under direct sunlight, in the rain, or when temperatures become extreme. If your venue cannot provide shelter for the instruments, special arrangements must be made prior to performance day (i.e. tent rental or space heaters).




Why do you require amplification for certain settings?


If you desire the aesthetic of our traditional acoustic strings but have a guest count of more than 30 people for a reception, we amplify our instruments and play through a sound system in order to be heard. This allows us to adjust to the energy of the party without having to compromise our artistry. Our electric setup automatically comes with a sound system. Acoustic instruments without amplification are reserved for wedding ceremonies, formal concerts, and intimate gatherings. We work around venue sound ordinances where necessary. We highly recommend our electric strings for the most variety and greatest impact on any event where you want to impress.





Do I need to provide food for the performers?


It is customary that musicians are provided a meal if the contracted time for your event runs 3 hours or longer. We greatly appreciate the extra fuel to keep going!




Are you able to play over time if my event runs past the scheduled time?


If the event goes past the contracted FINISH time, the first 15 minutes will be considered "grace period" and will not be charged. If the performers are asked to stay beyond the "grace period", an additional $50 per performer will be charged for every 15-minute increment. When deciding on overtime charges, Elegance Quartet will take under consideration all aspects of the event, such as actual start time, unforeseen delays, gratuities, etc. and adjust the charges accordingly.




Do I need to provide any equipment for you to perform?


ESQ requires straight-back armless chairs for each performer. For outdoor events, a small tent to protect our instruments from direct sunlight or rain may be required; space heaters are also required in cold weather and will be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Access to a functional outlet is also required if booking any of our ensembles using sound equipment.




What happens if one or more of the musicians become ill?


Elegance Quartet is responsible for providing replacement performers of equal caliber if any of the performers fall ill or are unable to play. If extreme circumstances (i.e. serious illness, injury, or death of any of the performers) prohibit Elegance Quartet from performing or finding replacement performers, both the deposit and balance paid will be refunded in full.




Do you need to take breaks?


We usually take a break every hour for 10 minutes. ESQ musicians are flexible and will work with you to coordinate break times for the benefit of your event.




What forms of payment do you accept, and when is payment due?


We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Check and cash is also accepted. A 20% non-refundable deposit will be charged on the day you submit your signed contract, and the remaining balance will be due 14 days prior to your event.




Why choose ESQ? What's different about you?


We perform our own original arrangements and mashups using live rhythm and sound effects to create something that is totally unique to us. We don't use backing tracks of any kind, and our creative style means no one performance is the same as another. Our extensive training as orchestral musicians means our chops are tops, but our love for what's modern and innovative takes the string quartet to the next level. We customize, energize, and maximize any event with the utmost enthusiasm and professionalism. Our past (and repeat) clients will attest: you're gonna dig it.





Still have questions? Contact us!

info@elegancequartet.com

267-360-6543

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