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Soloist Testimonials

 
Below are comments from Michelle's clients for solo piano and cello engagements, including wedding music soloist testimonials and words of appreciation from private and corporate clients.

 

"Michelle,

Thank you so much for playing piano during the cocktail hour at our wedding on November 7, 2009. Our guests were blown away by your music! We received so many compliments on your music and more than a few told me that you were the most talented musician they had ever heard play at a wedding. Your music played a large part in making our day perfect and we can't thank you enough. Gary and I will certainly be recommending you to all of our friends! Thank you, Michelle!"

- Jennifer Bourque Lee & Gary Lee

  Jennifer Bourque Lee & Gary Lee
Jennifer and Gary

 

"My fiance and I contacted Michelle Kyle after reading about her music on the internet. We both found her written credentials impressive but we were even more impressed when we met Michelle in person. She is a highly trustworthy, professional person who put us at ease right away. She went to a lot of trouble to make sure the music we wanted could be included in our ceremony. When she didn't have the music, she went and searched for it to ensure that it would be included. Her musical talent is amazing. She accompanied our soloist skilfully and made herself available for rehearsals. Michelle's breath-taking rendition of the Lord's Prayer music made us tearful as it was so beautiful.

Thank you so much Michelle for all your efforts and your masterful playing at our wedding. The music you played made our ceremony even more special to us."

- Hilary and Ed Tollenaar, Monkton

  Hilary and Ed Tollenaar
Hilary and Ed

 

"Anyone looking for a wedding musician look no further. Michelle Kyle is the answer to your prayers. My fiancé and I were married on October 1st, 2005, and after looking at many different options, used Michelle as our musician. She did not let us down! We are still receiving positive comments about how she added ambiance and elegance to both our ceremony and reception.

Michelle was very professional, returning emails and telephone calls promptly and arriving early for the wedding day. She was also very patient and flexible with any changes that we decided to make throughout the planning process. Michelle offered helpful suggestions, while keeping in mind what we wanted, and made our wedding even more special and unique by playing the cello for the ceremony, and then the piano during cocktails. She is a very talented musician and Mark and I would not hesitate to recommend her for whatever special occasion you may have that requires live music."

- Sharon and Mark Gould

  Sharon and Mark Gould
Sharon and Mark

 

"I saw Michelle some years back, performing at Eglinton subway, busking. I was stunned ... she literally brought me to tears. When the time came for my own wedding, I immediately thought of her. I combed the internet and finally found her. She invited my wife and I to come to her home and listen ... needless to say we were both stunned.

Michelle is not only a beautiful woman, but in all honesty (and bear in mind that I am also a musician) one of the most multi-talented, versatile performers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She played cello angelically at the service, then followed that performance with heavenly piano accompaniment at the reception. Every piece of music I suggested she knew, and those she hadn't played she took the time to learn. Her rates were beyond reasonable, she arrived on time, and I truly have absolutely nothing bad to say about her, in any respect. She's fantastic, really."

- Chris Tyndall, Warner Brothers


 

"We just wanted to thank you again for providing such a wonderful atmosphere to the cocktail reception we had at the King Edward Hotel on July 19, 2003. Our guests loved the atmosphere and we were even able to capture a bit of your playing near the end when we joined the guests! Thank you again, Michelle!"

- Dawnita Stefaniuk and Peter Malevris


 

"My fiancé and I had decided that we wanted a cellist to play at our wedding, as it would be held in a very elegant setting; while researching cellists online we came across Michelle's name & bio. We met with her so as to hear a little of her repertoire and style, and were immediately struck by how sensitive she was to our wishes, and how beautifully she played. We were more than happy to hire her then & there, without meeting with any of the other cellists we had lined up as potential musicians for our event.

On the day itself she arrived early and was ready for when our guests arrived; she was beautifully attired, and played magnificently, even better than when we heard her play in her home. All of our guests complimented us on our choice of musician & music - I have since given her business card to many of them. We hope to have other occasions where we can have Michelle play for us again, as it was a true pleasure!"

- Felicia Lazar & Craig Ryhorchuk

  Craig and Felicia
Craig and Felicia

 

"Cocktail Reception Pianist – Michelle Hunchak – Excellent!
Wow! I was able to hear her play near the end of the cocktail reception and the guests really enjoyed her! Her website really tells a lot about her. We met with her, loved her, and she provided the touch that we wanted!"

- Twofuzzycats, Frugalbride.com review


 

"Hi Michelle,

Dave and I both wanted to thank you for the beautiful music you played on cello and piano at our wedding on Saturday. Everything came together perfectly, and that is all due to your attention to detail. You were so much help beforehand helping me with the selections, and the sound clips on your website were also very helpful. We have had many compliments from our guests about how wonderful you were, and I know as I was preparing to walk down the aisle, I heard your music and saw my groom and I thought to myself, this is exactly what I always dreamed of. You will definitely be recommended!"

- Jenn & Dave Sephton

  Jenn and Dave Sephton
Jenn and Dave

 

"Dear Michelle,

We are writing with tremendous thanks for the beautiful music you provided for our wedding ceremony. With one month left until our big day, a last minute crisis meant that we had to relocate our whole ceremony to a fairly remote location. After discovering you on the web (www.michellekyle.com), not only were you extremely professional, but also you were more than willing to assist us with planning our wedding ceremony. Your friendly and positive attitude helped us to get through a stressful time, and we appreciate that more than words can say!

Music was an integral part of our short but sweet ceremony. The selection of music you have on your website is very helpful, and our exchanges over email were invaluably useful as we made our choices.

  Kathleen Muldoon and Seth Dobson
Kathleen and Seth

We are thankful that you include not only wedding standards on your website, but also pieces that are a little less traditional. Every time I hear Largo (Handel), I will think of walking down the aisle to greet my future husband, and my heart will swell with pride and love. The piece is so emotional, and you played it eloquently without being overbearing. Like a great soundtrack, your piano playing heightened the mood and our emotion.

We are glad that we decided to ask you to play Meditation from Thaïs (Massenet) in its entirety during the unity candle tradition. Seth and I were able to stand, looking at each other, while your lovely music filled the small country church. Although it was only a few seconds, it will last in our memory forever. That moment was a beautiful gift. You play with technical excellence, but it is the emotion that is conveyed in your love of the music that makes you the perfect choice for a wedding pianist. Thank you for sharing that with us.

It has been two months since our wedding day, but your music still rings in our ears. Thank you for making our ceremony such a beautiful, elegant, melodic and classy event. We couldn't have asked for better music to set the mood and leave an impression. We have received so many compliments about your music. We continue to recommend you to all of our guests and friends who are planning their own events.

Please believe us when we say that you helped to make our day more special than we even imagined it would be! Thank you so much!"

- Kathleen Muldoon and Seth Dobson


 

"Michelle played the piano and led a sing-along for our Birthday/Christmas function in our home. She was very professional. She played and sang beautifully. One of my guests commented that the caroling really brought back the 'spirit of Christmas' for her. My guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and commented that her wonderful playing was an elegant touch to our party."

- Marie Lewis


 

"Michelle, thank you so much for your performance on Jan 7th. We have been hearing all sorts of praise for the evening and what a wonderful time everyone had. Good memories were developed and your performance was a beautiful way to begin the evening. There was barely a dry eye in the house for Over The Rainbow - you and Peggy were amazing together. Michael and I thank you so much for creating such an amazing memory that will be with us forever."

- John MacNeil

 
John MacNeil and Michael Calvert, with Peggy and Michelle
Peggy (singer), John and Michael, and Michelle

 

"Dear Michelle,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank-you for playing your cello at our reception last night. The guest of honour was especially touched by your music. Being an executive level, corporate crowd, many of our guests have a real appreciation for quality music and a number of them commented to me that you are an exceptional cellist.

The selection you played was very appropriate and added a wonderful ambiance to the evening. Your professionalism throughout the booking/contract process and at the event was very much appreciated and made for a smooth evening.

I wish you much success with your future events. Thank you,"

- Vanessa Wilson, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
  The Association of Canadian Pension Management


 

"Beverley and I want to say how much we appreciated your playing at our wedding on February 18 at the Prince Hotel. Many of the guests at the reception remarked on your contribution and how much they enjoyed your playing and the selections you chose. We would certainly recommend you very highly to others who wish to have you perform as you did for us."

- Kenneth A. Armson & Beverley Kent




  Beverley Kent and Ken Armson
Beverley and Ken

"Hello Michelle,

Hearing from you brings back very happy memories of the lovely February day when Beverley and Ken were wed. I was happy to help them out with their wedding plans and very happy to have discovered you. Your talent and professionalism were a perfect match for the occasion. The selection of music you provided for both the cocktail reception and the dinner was beautiful and the guests were impressed. I highly recommend you to anyone considering turning any event from ordinary into elegant and hope to have an opportunity to hear you again. Thank you again very much for everything. Regards,"

- Claudia Kent


 

"Michelle performed at a cocktail party at our residence for my wife's 50th birthday and she made it absolutely special. Michelle played an amazing range of classical and popular music on both the piano and the cello. Our guests were enchanted by the sound of her music in the house that transformed what would have been a joyful affair to a magical ambiance. Michelle was very professional and we would recommend her to anyone looking for a performer for their special occasion."

- Gilles Simard


 

"Hi Michelle,

We just wanted to say thank you again for performing at our wedding last Saturday. It was a fantastic evening, and your piano music added the perfect touch. The U2 song that we chose for our ceremony, All I want is you, sounded really good - better than we anticipated. So again, thank you!"

- Matt & Tara Swift


 

"Dear Michelle,

Marietta and I would like to thank you so much for playing at our wedding. Although you were playing as part of the background music, I could hear the beautiful music you were playing and I loved it. Many of our guests later mentioned how beautiful it was to have a cellist playing at the reception. It added that special touch of class.

Thanks so much again, and we'll keep you in mind for future functions."

- Marietta Pietrangelo and Enzo Iannarelli

  Enzo and Marietta
Enzo and Marietta

 

"My husband, Tom, and I were married on February 4, 2006. Tom wanted to arrange all of the music for the day, and he spent a great deal of time researching musicians on the Internet. When he found the website for Michelle Kyle, he was impressed and got in touch with her immediately. We loved the fact that she was able to play both the piano as well as the cello, as we were hoping for a musician who could play for the ceremony and the reception.

Michelle was so quick to respond to all of Tom's emails, and she suggested that we come into Toronto for a meeting and to hear her play some pieces from her repertoire. After meeting with Michelle, and hearing her play, we knew she would be perfect for our wedding. She helped us to select the pieces that she would play as the bridal party entered the Chapel, during the signing of the register, as well as the recession. We were thrilled that she was able to play more classical pieces for the ceremony, but modern pieces during the reception. Tom was thrilled that Michelle could play Beatles tunes on her cello!

We would definitely recommend Michelle to anyone who is looking for a professional, talented musician to play at their wedding. We were most impressed with her."

- Tom & Natalie Burnard


 

"Hi Michelle,

Keith and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the beautiful cello music you played at our wedding ceremony on June 3, 2006. You made our day even more special, romantic and elegant with your lovely music. Not only did we love the music you played, but we had many compliments from our friends and family. Thank you!

We would definitely recommend Michelle Kyle. She will make every moment of your day beautiful and memorable."

- Erin & Keith Leonard

  Erin & Keith Leonard
Keith and Erin

 

"Thank you for performing at our ceremony! It was beautiful and many people commented so."

- Stephanie Kelcey

"I wanted to contact you to thank you most sincerely for your wonderful renditions of Bach at Stephanie and Brett's wedding. I am a great fan of the Bach cello selections. I have the Trulls Murk Bach CD and I play it all the time. I had the privilege of seeing and hearing him perform Greig at RTH. It was just thrilling. I have also seen and heard Yo Yo Ma play Bach too, so when Steph told me you would be playing the Bach selections, I knew it would be just perfect. The sound of the music through the trees as we walked to the altar was magic. It was very moving and special. I am sorry I didn't get a chance to meet and talk with you that day and tell you personally how much your playing meant to all of us. The only excuse I can make is that I was rather preoccupied. You made our day of days even more special and we appreciate it so much. Yours truly,"

- Mary Kelcey, Stephanie's mother


 

"We are so glad that we had Michelle playing cello for our ceremony. I used to play cello when I was young and Michelle's music brought back a lot of good memories to me. It was also very special and worked perfectly with our outdoor ceremony setting.

Michelle is extremely professional, friendly and very helpful in choosing the right music for the right moment. Thank you so much!"

- Rebecca Pang & Garry Chan

  Rebecca Pang & Garry Chan
Rebecca and Garry

 

"Michelle was exactly what we were looking for on our weddng day! She was self-sufficient, and went above-and-beyond our expectations. She arrived at the church on time (even though it was in a difficult location) and played beautifully as our guests piled into the little church, St. Andrew's, on Centre Island.

She even did custom cello arrangements for our processional and recessional, including Love me Tender, When I'm 64 and With a Little Help from my Friends. We would definitely do it all over again!"

- Julia Rendleman

  Frankie & Julia
Frankie and Julia

 

"Michelle played at our wedding at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club this past summer in July. Michelle was very professional, she arrived early and adapted easily to the last minute location change for the ceremony. Michelle had us over to her place to play for us before the big day and gave us several choices of music for our ceremony, making the process of picking just the right pieces very easy. She played wonderfully during the procession, the signing of the register and the recessional. We had many guests compliment us on the music and were more than happy to direct them to her website for more information. We would recommend Michelle to anyone looking for a cellist for their occasion. Kind thanks,"

- Alison Honey and Chris Woods

  Alison Honey & Chris Woods
Alison and Chris

 

"Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for playing so beautifully at our wedding ceremony. Many thanks for your help in making our day everything we dreamed of and more.

With kindest regards,"

- Claire and Ray Allen

  Claire & Ray Allen
Claire and Ray

 

"Dear Michelle:

I wanted to send you this letter of appreciation for the wonderful music you played at our daughter's wedding on August 25th, 2007. It was so beautiful and soothing as our guests awaited the ceremony. The mellow and somewhat subtle sounds of the cello provided a feeling of relaxed anticipation. During the processional, it allowed the audience to warmly draw their attention to the wedding party as they made their way down the aisle.

Your alternating between the grand piano and the cello through the cocktail reception and dinner provided a beautiful musical background with amazing contrast.

A special thank you for agreeing to write some out-of-the-ordinary arrangements to accommodate our unique song requests. We know this was a considerable challenge, particularly with respect to the cello.

When we first visited you to listen to your music we were amazed at your talent. We were comfortable that you would add a very special element to our daughter's wedding day and that is exactly what you did. You are a gifted, very professional musician.

I sincerely hope there will be another opportunity for us to enjoy your music sometime in the future. Thank you again and all the best to you and yours.

Sincerely,"

- Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pitz and family


 

"Michelle is a very talented and wonderful cellist. After only a very short initial meeting, Michelle was able to determine exactly the kind of pieces that would be suitable for our style of wedding and our own personal taste. The music at the wedding was lovely. I would definitely hire Michelle again."

- Melissa Agostino

  Henry & Melissa
Henry and Melissa

 

"Michelle's beautiful piano and cello music created a wonderful atmosphere at our son's bar mitzvah. She presented a wide range of styles from classical to pop to jazz to show tunes so there was something for all of our guests -- even the teenagers. Michelle is a talented musician and a consummate professional, who will enhance any occasion."

- Elizabeth Williams


 

"Michelle,

Cam and I want to thank you so much for playing the most beautiful music for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. When I think about walking down the aisle, I can hear you playing the cello in the background. It was such a great addition to the romantic atmosphere. Our guests commented on several occasions how wonderful it was to have you there. You are truly very talented at what you do. Having a live musician was important to us, as I couldn't have imagined our outdoor ceremony any other way, and after searching many different avenues, we felt lucky to have found you.

Thanks again,"

- Kara and Cameron Greenwood

  Kara and Cameron Greenwood
Kara and Cameron

 

"Hi Michelle,

We just wanted to thank you for making October 7, 2006 that little bit more special because of the beautiful music that was being played during the whole ceremony. We can honestly say that the music was fabulous - just perfect for the day. Many people have commented on our choice of ceremony music as the event was outside, they were quite moved at the choices we made for the ceremony.

On the day itself Michelle arrived early and was ready for when our guests arrived; she was beautifully attired, and played magnificently, even better than when my mother and I heard her play in her home. The music carried out to the limo I was waiting in and I could hear everything crystal clear.

Thanks Michelle for helping to make our day a memorable one. We will definitely recommend you to friends and family."

- Melanie and Anthony Consales


 

"Michelle was very professional and played beautifully at our wedding at The Old Mill in Toronto. I would highly recommend her to anyone planning a wedding, or any other special event.

Michelle, thank you so much!"

- Trish and Steve


 

"From the first meeting, dealing with Michelle Kyle was an absolute joy. She is a gifted musician with a warm and inviting personality. Her professionalism is second to none, and there is no doubt she is capable of playing for royalty or making your event just ever so special. She added elegance, style and grace to our ceremony, and we simply want to say thank you, Michelle -- you are wonderful. Our warmest always,"

- Linda Johnston, Bill Brydon and daughter Devon, Halifax

  Linda and Devon
Linda and Devon

 

"Michelle Kyle is someone I went to law school with and we performed together in our school play. Thank goodness she chose to redirect her career. We need more Cello players and fewer lawyers! I appreciated her customization package for her solo Cello performance at my wife's 40th birthday (and so too did my 4 year old son who loves the theme song from Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends). I highly recommend her for any important occasion. She really helped me to make a mark on this occasion. She was also very responsive and helpful to me regarding my needs in making arrangements for an event in Toronto given that I live in New York."

- Paul F. New York, New York


 

"We were so pleased with the music at our wedding ceremony. Michelle worked with us to choose the perfect pieces and then played to perfection at the service. The music was exactly what we hoped it would be - elegant and beautiful."

- Colleen and David Kiel


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