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Prima Strings

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About Prima Strings

String quartet
Glasgow
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Prima Strings are a highly professional String Quartet available for weddings,recitals, cruise ships, tours & corporate events.

Violin I Katarzyna Zimińska started playing the violin at the age of seven and graduated with distinction from the class of Jerzy Hazuka at the Nowowiejski Music School in Gdansk, Poland in 2009. She has participated in many national and international competitions winning several prizes and distinctions. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland, Italy, Austria, France, Russia and the UK in concert halls including the Polish Baltic Philharmony, Polish Baltic Opera House, Philharmony in Łódź, Polish Radio Witold Lutosławski Concert Hall in Warsaw, Musikverein in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, UNESCO Concert Hall in Paris and all major concert venues in London. Katarzyna has performed as a soloist with orchestras including Cappella Gedanensis and Camerata Baltica. She is a scholar of the J&S Pro Bono Poloniae Foundation's program The Open Musical Safety Pin Philharmonic 2004-09. In 2010 she received an invitation to play for the legendary Japanese violinist, Midori Goto and in 2012 she played in a masterclass with maestro Maxim Vengerov. Other master classes include artists such as Alasdair Tait, Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Adam Klocek, Jan Stanienda, Krzysztof Śmietana, David Dolan, Valentina Yakubovskaya, David Takeno, Rachel Podger, Mari-Tempere Bezrodny, Caroline Palmer, Maria Radicheva, Endellion String Quartet, Allegri String Quartet and Chilingrian Quartet. Besides solo activities she has worked as a part of London Symphony Orchestra within their Discovery projects, also as a chamber musician she works regularly with the Belcea String Quartet. Her most recent awards include the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize (2012). She has graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying violin with Stephanie Gonley of the English Chamber Orchestra and viola with Krzysztof Chorzelski, the violist of the Belcea Quartet. Violin II Jaga Klimaszewska was born in Gdansk, Poland in 1990. She graduated from the Nowowiejski Music High School in Gdansk in 2009 and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she completed her Bachelors degree under Krzysztof Śmietana. Jaga is in her last year of the Masters in Performance course at the Royal College of Music with Maciej Rakowski. She has taken part in Workshops and Music Festivals in Europe. Joanna performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in France (Paris – UNESCO hall), Austria (Vienna – Musikverein, Salzburg – Mozarteum) , Germany (Bremen) , Russia (Moscow). She performed as a soloist with Cappella Gedanensis and Camerata Baltica. Joanna worked with many well known artist including Maxim Vengerov, Belcea Quartet, David Takeno, Carole Presland, The Gould Piano Trio, Heath Quartet, Jan Stanienda. In 2007 together with her violin quartet she won 2nd prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of Grażyna Bacewicz piece at the XI National Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Poland. She holds the RCM Award and The G.D. Fahrenheit Educational Scholarship awarded by the President of Gdansk. Jaga plays on a violin by Antonio Pedrinelli, 1835 and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the Royal College of Music, London. Viola Eva Nikolova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria where she graduated from the "National School of Music" in 2009 with principal study viola. During her early music education Eva took part in masterclasses with Prof. Iuri Iurov (Russia) after which she was awarded a scholarship associated with Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation in 2007, Avri Levian (Israel), Prof. Wolfgang Klos (Austria), Prof. Mincho Minchev (Bulgaria) . In 2012 Eva was awarded a full scholarship to participate in The Orpheus Academy in Vienna where she had lessons with Prof. Michael Frischenschlager, Prof. Mario Hossen. and others. Eva has been awarded for many national and international competitions in Bulgaria in both solo performance as well as a part of chamber music ensembles. In 2007 she was employed by New Symphony Orchestra- Sofia. In 2008 Eva won an award to play a recital in Luxemburg to represent Bulgaria's talents after joining the European Union in 2007. From 2009 to 2015 Eva studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Rachel Roberts and Ofer Falk, having coachings with members of Belcea Quartet, Heath Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Endellion Quartet amongst others. The Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, John Yearley Trust and the GSMD supported Eva during her studies in London. Eva often performs in venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Globe and Barbican. In 2011 Eva joined Les Orpheistes Chamber Orchestra based in Vienna and since 2012 is performing regularly with them in Europe. In April 2013 she performed in the UK tour of Alfie Boe, playing in the most prestigious venues across the UK. Cello Paulina began her music career with piano lessons at the age of five. In 1998 she passed an audition to the Piotr Swierc Music School in Poland where she took up the cello. In 2003 she was invited to a student exchange in Musikhochschule in Köln, Germany. She continued her studies at the Purcell School of Music in London with a full scholarship from the Music and Dance scheme. In November 2005 she was awarded the title of The Young Musician of The Year in Hertfordshire, England. Throughout her studies Paulina had won a number of competitions in Poland and UK, including a Wigmore Hall chamber music competition two years in a row in 2008 and 2009. In January 2007 Paulina took part in a Maggini Quartet Chamber Music Course. She also attended Cadenza Music Course and Tata International Music Course in Hungary, where she performed in churches and the Tata Castle as a chamber musician. Paulina is now a graduate of The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a freelance cellist Paulina is passionate about music for film. She actively performs in TV commercials, films and studio recordings. Her most recent experiences include a TV commercial for Sainsbury's with director Ringan Ledwidge from Rattling Stick, with live music to film at a Promax event held at BFI London, a PC advert with Raphael Ravenscroft, a Carling commercial for BBC with composer Ross Power, films such as Cinderella (Disney), Sorapol with Stephen Fry, Il Maestro, Act/Or, The Celebration with David Cohen and studio recordings at Sleeper Sound Studios with producer Guy Chambers. Paulina also performs as a freelance solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Her most significant performances include a three chamber music concerts at Wigmore Hall, a solo concert at Royal Festival Hall and orchestra concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and The Windsor Castle with Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Gianandrea Noseda and John Rutter. She performed with The London Symphony Orchestra, Light of Music Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists, Orpheus Sinfonia, Melos Sinfonia and is now a member of The London Arte Chamber Orchestra with whom she travelled on tour in China in the years 2014 & 2015. Paulina is also a member of a chamber group called Prima Strings, with whom she actively performs in high class events such as corporate business and private parties, weddings, cruise ships and dinner shows all around UK and Europe. Her most recent performances include a performance in Montpellier, France with the collective Hight on Heels and a dinner show called “The Bright Nights” in Mallorca, Spain. Paulina currently manages a collective group of musicians to deliver high - class performances for a music agency named Earcandy. Apart from the cello Paulina is very passionate about playing the Gheychak. At the beginning of 2016 she performed her first set of Persian music with The Light of Music Symphony Orchestra in Cadogan Hall. In May 2016 she performed with The Sornai Ensemble in a Persian concert held at the Ismaili Centre in London. She has also composed a film music score called “Connection Road” for solo Gheychak and string orchestra. Paulina is also a keen music producer, songwriter and lyricist. She has written and recorded with producer Guy Chambers, with whom she performed on numerous occasions at his monthly music shows in London, as well as assisting him in recording and music production in Sleeper Sound Studios. In the past Paulina also recorded at Tonmeister Studios and assisted the producer Tom Gibson with music production there. In 2015 she won a songwriting competition at SoundShoots and collaborated with DJ and Producer Refracture, followed by a release of the winning track through his record label, Perfecto Records. She is now writing her first Album. She has been writing and producing her own music in a home built studio for a number of years. Between 2013 - 2015 Paulina had taught the cello at the Tippet Music Centre, six primary schools as a member of The Lambeth Music Service, London Russian Music School, London Arts Academy as well as teaching film music every year since 2010 at The Purcell School of Music as part of Sound and Music Summer School. Paulina continues to teach cello, film music, piano and music theory privately.

Performance details
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Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Military, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Classical, Early music, Musical theatre, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Renaissance, Contemporary classical, Dubstep, Electronica, Electro-Swing, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Folk rock, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Modern jazz, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Covers, Acoustic, Karaoke, Funk rock, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Top 40, Rock, Indie, Alternative rock, Pop rock, Britpop, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, World music, Argentinian, German music, Italian music, Spanish music, Tango, Reggae, Asian music, Bollywood, Polish music, Russian music, Latin, French music
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Types:
String quartet, String duo, String ensemble, String trio, Electric string ensemble, String octet, String sextet, Electric string quartet
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Classical
Por una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel
Divertimento in D - W. Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento in F - W. Amadeus Mozart
La Cumparsita - Gerardo Matos
Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
Cuckoo - Louis - Claude Daquin
All We Like Sheep - from Handel's Messiah
Prelude- J. Sebastian Bach
Symphony no.5 - Ludvig Van Beethoven
Habanera (from Carmen) - Georges Bizet
Flower Duet - Leo Delibes
Fur Elise - Ludvig Van Beethoven
Gymnopedie - Erik Satie
Symphony 77 - Joseph Haydn
Con te Partiro - Francesco Sartori
Three Little Maids - Arthur Sullivan
Halleluia Chorus - George Frideric Handel
Jerusalem Hymn - C.H.H Parry
Arrival of The Queen of Sheba- George Frideric Handel
Jesu Joy of Our Desiring - J. Sebastian Bach
Ave Maria - Gounod Bach
Humoresque - Antonin Dvorak
Finale - Antonin Dvorak
Nocturne - Friderick Chopin
Largo - George Frideric Handel
The girl with the Flaxen Hair - Claude Debussy
Air from Suite in D - J. Sebastian Bach
Arioso - J. Sebastian Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze - J. Sebastian Bach
Wachet Auf - J. Sebastian Bach
Ode to Joy - Ludvig Van Beethoven
Theme from Brahms' First Symphony - Johannes Brahms
Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke
Panis Angelicus - Cesar Franck
Hornpipe in D - George Frideric Handel
Hornpipe in F - George Frideric Handel
Air in F - George Frideric Handel
Bourree - George Frideric Handel
Coro - George Frideric Handel
La Paix - George Frideric Handel
La Rejouaissance - George Frideric Handel
Largo from Xerxes - George Frideric Handel
Meditation from Thais - Jules Massenet
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn
Rondeau - Jean - Joseph Mouret
Ave Verum Corpus - W. Amadeus Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - W. Amadeus Mozart
Canon in D - Pachelbel - J. Sebastian Bach
The Mexican Hat Dance - Jarabe Tapatio
Ave Maria - Franz Schubert
Largo from Winter - Antonio Vivaldi
Spring - Antonio Vivaldi
Wedding March - Richard Wagner
Pop, Jazz and Rock Covers
Human Nature - Michael Jackson
I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
Without You - David Guetta
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Let It Go - From The Film 'Frozen'
Somewhere - From The Musical 'West Side Story'
All of Me - John Legend
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
At Last - Etta James
Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Blue Moon - Frank Sinatra
Born This Way - Lady Gaga
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
Fields Of Gold - Sting
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Areosmith
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Kissing You - Des'ree
Lady Madonna - The Beatles
Let Her Go - Passenger
Life On Mars - David Bowie
Love Me Do - The Beatles
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
One Day Like This - Elbow
Out Of Africa (Main Theme) - John Barry
Pompeii - Bastile
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Rolling In The Deep - Adele
Some Nights - Fun
Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
The A Team - Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
Walk Away - Thomas Newman
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You and I - John Legend
Married Life - From The Film 'Up'

Prices

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Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£875
Up to 3 hours£875

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Shane F, 10 months ago

Everything went to plan

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Chris M, 1 year ago

Very good

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Ashley S, 2 years ago

Highly professional and great musicians. Thanks for your performance!

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Michelle D, 5 years ago

Prima Strings played at our wedding ceremony at Gaynes Park, in Epping Forest on the 3rd of January 2014. The group were absolutely fantastic, many of my guests came up to me in the reception to comment and how good they were. The band were highly professional and very attentive to my ideas, they were happy to mix their conventional classical music pieces with some modern pop songs I had selected. The band met with me prior to my wedding day for an initial consultation to discuss what I'd like on the day, the format, theme of the wedding etc., they then provided me with some ideas of music that they had played at other weddings and were always extremely responsive to my emails. In particular the band really stood out and went the extra mile by kindly agreeing accompany my brother and sister (both amateur guitar and drum players) in playing a song at our wedding. This involved them re-writing the sheet music in the correct key, meeting with my brother and sister one evening to rehearse the song, and then arriving at the ceremony earlier than usual to rehearse with my brother/sister before the start of the ceremony. They are a fantastic group and I am sure they will have a hugely successful future ahead of them, they certainly made my wedding ceremony very special and unique, as one of my guests said when describing their music "they are certainly one to remember.

Juliet B, 4 years ago

We were absolutely delighted with the string quartet. The girls were so charming and helpful, played like angels and looked like them too. We could not have been happier with their performance; please thank them profusely from me and say that their music really made the event perfect. They were simply marvellous.

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