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Ensemble Testimonials

 
Below are comments from Michelle's clients for engagements of her music ensembles, including wedding music ensemble testimonials and words of appreciation from private and corporate clients. When Michelle lived in Toronto until 2011, her ensembles were called the Bellamusica Chamber Ensemble and the uptempo piano drums duo.

 

"We just wanted to thank your piano trio for an outstanding job at our wedding. Along with a superb performance, we were just as impressed with all your detailed preparations.

Your recital and online music samples made selecting the ideal music easy (despite our limited knowledge of classical music). Your contract was thorough and covered every detail. You co-ordinated with our wedding singer perfectly (and the performance proved it). With so many other wedding details to manage all at once, it was a pleasure knowing that the music was in such capable hands.

Not surprisingly, we’ve already had a number of people who attended our wedding call us to enquire about using your service. Great work!"

- Julie Rezek


 

"We were so happy with our wedding musicians - Ines and Michelle played the violin and cello at our outdoor wedding and it was perfect. Michelle was kind enough to arrange a beautiful rendition of my favourite piece, The Flower Duet, and it made the ceremony that much more special for us. A terrific duet - they were just wonderful!"

- Andrea Kirkham and Martino Di Carlo


 

"Thanks so much for playing at our wedding. The cello and violin combination sounded beautiful, and many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the music. It truly added to the romantic and intimate setting of our day."

- Jennifer & Colin McCorriston

  Jennifer & Colin McCorriston
Jennifer and Colin

 

"Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for all your help arranging the music for our wedding. The string trio played beautifully and their performance of Sigur Ros' Staralfur was absolutely moving. Thanks for making our wedding that much sweeter.

All the best,"

- Jayson and Kyra Schulz


 

"Hi Michelle,

Shawn and I would like to thank you and Ines for playing at our wedding. The music was absolutely beautiful and flawless and was a very memorable part of our day. I would also like to thank you for being such a pleasure to deal with during the entire process. You were flexible but also provided very useful and much needed recommendations for us. You are obviously an experienced professional who very much understands the wedding business! I would highly recommend you to anyone and I hope to get the opportunity to see you play again."

- Michelle McKeane


 

"Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful music at our wedding. It really made the whole night perfect for us and we really enjoyed it! It's been almost five months now and everyone still comments on how great the music was. Thank you, thank you!"

- Michelle & Derek Wagland

  Michelle & Derek Wagland
Michelle and Derek

 

"Michelle (cello) and Marianne (piano) played for our wedding ceremony and reception on September 5th, 2004. They were absolutely perfect, accommodating, played beautifully, met all our (unusual) music requests and our guests still rave about them. Their music added the final elegant touch our wedding day needed. Thank you very much to both of you!"

- Sophie Chouinard-Thomas & Dennis Thomas


 

"Michelle,

Paul and I would like to thank you so much for the beautiful music your ensemble provided for our wedding. The flute, violin and cello trio set the mood for our special day and we've received so many compliments on your performance.

Thank you,"

- Paul Millar & Tracey Turner-Millar

  Tracey and Paul
Tracey and Paul

 

"Michelle,

It takes a certain amount of skill, over and above a natural talent, to be a good musician, but it takes something more to become a performer. You have to enjoy what you are doing and, more importantly, enjoy where you are doing it. It was most evident that you and Ines bring more than just wonderful music to any engagement at which you appear.

For our wedding, you were tasked with determining what "non-traditional" music to play and you chose well. Everyone (yes, everyone), commented on both your abilities and your personalities. Your "job" was to be in the background, and this you did, but you were also a part of the afternoon. You both openly, and in very good humour on your part, greeted everyone who came to talk with you and put up with some of the teasing that went on. (Uhm ... really sorry about that Stairway to Heaven thing, Chris was flogged later that day.)

The one request that I did make, with regard to the music that you were to play that afternoon, was well received by you, and very well played at that. However, I must say, that's the first time I've heard I's the B'y played with such ... class! Don't despair though, all the East Coasters in the room recognized it and were toe-tapping along with the fiddlin'.

I can not say enough about what you brought, not just musically, to the afternoon. Your candor, attitude, and sense of ease all fit in very well with the atmosphere that was important to have at our wedding. Thank you."

- Carol Skillen


 

"My husband and myself would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ines and Michelle for playing violin and cello for our wedding ceremony and cocktails on July 2, 2005. The music was outstanding! The selection of both classical and contemporary pieces helped make our wedding a truly elegant and classy occasion. Ines and Michelle not only played superbly, but also, were highly flexible and accommodating when some last minute changes had to be made on our part. Almost all of our guests commented on how lovely the live music was and two couples even asked us who our musicians were so that they may hire them for their upcoming weddings.

I would like to thank Ines and Michelle for making our wedding as unforgettable and unique as it was!"

- Michael and Martha Di Mascolo


 

"I would like to thank you dearly, Michelle and Ines for taking part in our wedding. Your talents are exceptional. Our guests were all very impressed with your music and I myself would like to say as well that it all flowed wonderfully.

Any recommendation for music in any future weddings I know of will definitely go to you! Again, thank you both very much! Our day would have not been complete without your beautiful music."

- Jennifer & Albert Kuenzler

  Jennifer & Albert Kuenzler
Jennifer and Albert

 

"Uptempo piano/drums duo provided a great background for our corporate reception. The music both complimented and enhanced the ambience of the evening and helped make our gathering a huge success."

- Lisa Wells, NameProtect Inc.


 

"Michelle,

Thank you so much for making our wedding music perfect. The guests truly enjoyed your arrangement of All You Need Is Love and it was just the right touch of humour we needed. It was truly special that your string trio surprised me by wearing cream to match our vintage '30s theme. It looked amazing and everything flowed so beautifully. Thank you for all of your help. Eternally pleased,"

- Nicole Caple


 

"Dear Michelle, your music set such a lovely tone at our wedding. We loved the musical selections you chose. Thanks for making our wedding 'Unforgettable!'" "Our wedding day turned out perfect, with the beautiful outdoor ceremony, the bright sunshine - despite the threat of rain, and the exquisite music played by Michelle and Ines of Bellamusica. The duo were great, and their beautiful music set the mood for our day. In addition, Michelle was very helpful with suggestions when we were planning the musical program for our ceremony. We were thrilled with Michelle's service and professionalism, and highly recommend her to anyone searching for quality musicians."

- Stacy & Raj M.

  Stacy & Raj
Stacy and Raj

 

"My sister asked me to help her to locate a string quartet for her and her fiancé's wedding FIVE DAYS before their wedding. I frantically searched the internet for a well-renowned, affordable quartet in the Toronto area, and came across the Bellamusica Chamber Ensemble. I contacted Michelle via email and within a few hours she had replied to confirm that her ensemble was available for the weekend ceremony. From locating the best musicians to helping with the selection of appropriate music for each portion of the wedding ceremony, Michelle was extremely helpful and throughout the next four days her communication with me was impeccable. The day of the wedding, the ceremony unfortunately began about an hour late. However, Michelle and her string quartet remained on site patiently, without complaint, until the bridal party was ready to begin. The quartet sounded beautiful and all cues were followed precisely. Thanks again for everything. Colett and Rodney were thrilled!"

- Floydd Ricketts


 

"Hi Michelle,

I just wanted to thank you again for Ines’ and Mary-Katherine’s wonderful performance at our wedding ceremony last Saturday. Many of our guests commented on their music and we thoroughly enjoyed it also!

We will definitely recommend you to our friends. Thanks again and all the best!

Kind regards,"

- Valerie Trotter

  Steve and Valerie
Steve and Valerie

 

"Michelle,

Thank you so much for organizing a cellist and violinist for our June 10th wedding. The musicians were fantastic: exactly what we were hoping for! Thanks again for contributing to our fabulous day!"

- Wendy Rose and Ed Slater


 

"Thank you once again for the great music you provided for our wedding on August 5, 2006."

- Michelle Au & Henry Wong

  Henry & Michelle
Henry and Michelle

 

"Hi Michelle,

Just a short note to thank you for providing the beautiful music for Jessica's wedding. In the Chapel, things were magical, and your trio contributed greatly to that. Jessica is disappointed that we didn't tape the service - everyone was talking about the beautiful music - and of course she missed the prelude.

I just wanted you to know that we thought you were excellent and we appreciate the significant contribution you made. Your music was truly magnificent and made the ceremony magical. My niece is being married in Toronto in March and I suspect you will hear from her. Thank you again."

- Wendy MacDonald, Montreal


 

"ORA - Organization for the Rescue of Animals - Wishes to gratefully thank Bellamusica for their great performance at Toronto's first Christmas Cocktail Party for Dogs held on December 3, 2006. The flautist Constance Price, the violinists Ines Pagliari and Erica Beston, the cellist and pianist Michelle Kyle and the pianist Marianne Gast were absolutely wonderful and their music was much appreciated by the audience. Thanks also to Alex Mine for taking care of the sound system. We must also praise the generosity of Bellamusica Chamber Ensemble that played pro bono for five hours at this fundraising event. A heartfelt thanks from all ORA's volunteers."

- Claudia Vecchio, Founder of ORA
Organization for the Rescue of Animals

  Musicians, Dave Devall & Claudia
Musicians, Dave Devall & Claudia

 

"Michelle and her musicians were a wonderful addition to my daughter's wedding in April 2007 and certainly made the day that much more special. They played during the ceremony and afterwards at the reception.

Michelle worked with me prior to the wedding and helped me select the music for the ceremony. She was very flexible and accommodating in every way. Michelle also recommended a soloist who had the most magnificent voice and Michelle rewrote the sheet music for the string parts for the 3 vocal songs which we chose.

They are all talented professionals and I would certainly use them again and would highly recommend them to anyone planning a wedding or other special function."

- Judy A. Crocker

  David Donovan and Stephanie Crocker
Dave and Stephanie

 

"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Bellamusica every step along the way ... from the beginning when contracts had to be worked out and music chosen right up until our wedding day when we got to enjoy such an impressive performance. Michelle Kyle is not only extremely detail-oriented and organized but an absolute pleasure to work with. Michelle was on top of every detail and a brilliant resource when it came to choosing "just the right" music for our special day. We can not thank her enough for making the entire experience both simple and enjoyable.

Connie and Beata (our flute and cello musicians) are exceptionally talented and provided us with beautiful music throughout our ceremony and our cocktail hour. Our guests enjoyed the performance and and we were personally thrilled with every piece. Bellamusica certainly exceeded our expectations on all accounts. We highly recommend Bellamusica to anyone looking for a team of professionals who are extremely passionate about "music" and providing you with an unforgettable experience. Thank you for adding just the right touches to our special day -- you have certainly helped to make it memorable!"

- Jay & Lucy Vieira

  Lucy & Jay Vieira
Lucy and Jay

 

"After many years of having a DJ at our Awards Gala, it was absolutely refreshing to have your trio provide us with live background music – we received nothing but high praises from our guests! Michelle, your group added such elegance and class to our evening. Thanks so much for creating a revitalized atmosphere at this annual event."

- Arlene Allen, Canadian Office Products Association


 

"Hi Michelle, Thanks so much for the lovely string trio music at our daughter's wedding on May 30, 2015. We heard many good things about how "classy" it was and how it was so nice to have it in the background - just what we were going for! Several people took your card and I'm sure I'll hear from others in the next year, asking where the musicians were from. Your group helped create an atmosphere of casual elegance, which is exactly what we wanted, and contributed to making the day amazing. In spite of the rain, it was a great day! Thanks again for being part of that!"

- Marlene Ottens


 

"We were hosting a small (~100 people) conference at the University of Waterloo (ASITA 2017) and wanted a live music component for the gala banquet. Michelle was very helpful and professional in helping construct a ‘plan’ to provide exactly what we were looking for. The Michelle Kyle website displays ensemble options, music selections and pricing / time rates which helped with budgeting and scheduling the evening event details.

We chose a violin/cello duo, which provided a wonderful atmosphere to the evening; while guests mingled with cocktails and throughout the gala dinner. The musical selection was varied and provided a ‘touch of class’ while maintaining the casual feel we wanted. It was perfect, just what we had envisioned.

Thank you Michelle and Adam, for making the banquet a wonderfully enjoyable experience and helping make our conference a success. All the best."

- William Mark, Rick Heemskerk and the EIL Staff, University of Waterloo

  University of Waterloo

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