Chicago Street Strings is a musical collective that was formed in 2012 by cellist Leyla Royale and violinist Hannah K Watson. We focus on providing high end musical talent at competitive rates for weddings, anniversaries, engagements, and more. We are able to perform as soloists, duets, trios, and quartets on violin, piano, cello, and any combination.
Each member has over 20+ years of experience on their instrument, including performing for weddings, recording sessions, stage shows, corporate events, etc. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and our ability to meet any client requests. We look forward to playing for your big event!
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Hannah K Watson has been a part of Chicago's music scene for over 15 years. She is classically trained on the violin and attended Columbia College Chicago, earning her Bachelor's in Music Composition in 2012. She also received an extensive violin performance education, learning new genres such as bluegrass, jazz, metal, minimalism and more.
She now plays with many Chicago-based rock and country bands, records music for clients out of her home studio and is the main manager of Chicago Street Strings, founded with colleague Leyla I. Royale, having sparked the idea for the business while busking on the streets of Chicago.
Rachel Irene is a native of Downers Grove and, having grown up in a very musical family, she has been playing the violin since she was a young girl. She has a degree in music education and is the owner and founder of her own teaching studio - Downers Grove Suzuki Strings. Rachel is also a seasoned Irish fiddler and performs regularly with Irish bands in the Chicago area.
Leyla I. Royale is a cellist, historian, tour guide, and event planner, a contributor to Chicago arts and big advocate for the preservation of old buildings. She is a great lover of Chicago history as well as the city's old and new music scenes.
She began work as a cellist in 2007, her experience focused on working with bands over orchestras. She's done live shows, recording sessions, weddings, street performances and more. In 2011 she co-founded Chicago Street Strings, a collective of musicians-for-hire with friend and violinist Hannah K. Watson.