Musical Heart Strings is a professional ensemble in Martinez, California. Founders Kerry Borgen and Gretchen Egen have been performing music together for 16 years, including jazz, pop, rock and roll, and the occasional heavy metal. With influence from the Vitamin String Quartet, all of Musical Heart Strings’ music is originally arrange, making their compositions and covers unique to their ensemble.
Musical Heart Strings’ compositions are for instrumental duo, solo, and trio, as well as string quartet and trio. They are fully insured and can play compositions using the cello, piano, viola, and violin. They have anywhere from one to six musicians available for your event, depending on the style composition you’d like performed. Musical Heart Strings can perform:
108 Reviews for Musical Heart Strings
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Cynthia R. · Married on 06/19/2021
Five Stars Isn't Enough!
We cannot give Musical Heart Strings a high enough review! From the moment we reached out to them and saw their videos on YouTube, we knew we found the perfect live music for our June 2021 wedding; and they confirmed our decision every step of the way. Our primary contact was Gretchen, Musical Heart Strings’ cellist. When we had to postpone our wedding a year due to the pandemic, Gretchen was amazing. She helped us change our contract and communicated with us every step of the way. She also did a custom arrangement for our ceremony and worked overtime with our friend who sang during the ceremony. The music during our ceremony and cocktail reception was wonderful. MHS has a large repertoire of songs you can listen to and choose from on their website, so we got to create our own playlists, which was fun and added to the personalization of our wedding. Gretchen, Kerry, Dagenais, and Betsy, who played at our wedding, are talented musicians who were prompt, professional and made our wedding classy, fun and memorable. Thank you, Musical Heart Strings! You are all a gift!Sent on 07/08/2021
Musical Heart Strings's reply:Thank you so much! Your wedding was so wonderful and so memorable, and you 2 were a delight...for the 2.5 years since you first reached out to us. You were our first 2020 booked wedding, and then you were first to reschedule due to the pandemic. Throughout everything you were wonderful!
Ashley C. · Married on 06/08/2020
We hired Musical Heart Strings for our ceremony and cocktail hour and we're so glad that we did! Gretchen, the cellist, was our primary contact throughout the planning process and she was such a joy to work with. She understood the vision for our wedding day and offered suggestions on the different songs they could play. Their musical repertoire is incredible and we had so much fun going through and choosing which songs we wanted. We received so many compliments from our wedding guests about how lovely the string trio was. We cannot recommend them enough. Thank you Gretchen and everyone at Musical Heart Strings!Sent on 10/26/2019
Musical Heart Strings's reply:Thank you Ashley. Your wedding was magical. Your photographer's photos all look like a dream. But then you wake up and find out that it really was perfect. Congratulations to you and Ryan!
Katheryn S. · Married on 04/11/2020
The perfect touch to my wedding
I hired Musical Heart Strings for my wedding back in November and they were such a joy and pleasure to work with!! Gretchen was so nice and personable! They are very professional and their performing is magical. In addition, their website made choosing between songs SO easy!! They were the perfect touch at my wedding and would definitely hire them again in the future.Sent on 03/04/2020
Musical Heart Strings's reply:Thank you so much Katheryn. We love that you added a photo too! Can you send that photo directly to us as well? I'd like to post it on social media, if you don't mind.
Kerry Borgen and Gretchen Egan of Musical Heart Strings are talented musicians whose name says it all. If you're looking for a professional string ensemble that pulls at your heart strings, look no further than Musical Heart Strings. I've had the pleasure of working with Gretchen and Kerry frequently over the past several years and I'm always impressed by the unusual music selections they play that are tailored to each couple's musical tastes. They are gifted musicians who beautifully render traditional wedding songs, and delightful, adventurous souls who work with you on non-traditional music, too! They are a joy to work with and I highly recommend them. Rev. Lisa Joslen, Ceremonies of the Heart
Musical Heart Strings duo, Gretchen and Kerry, never cease to impress me with their wide range of music from the classics to one-of-a-kind arrangements by client request. I have worked together with them in over thirty weddings, even having a bride walk down the aisle to Rockelbel and a groom (a law enforcement officer) come in to the theme from Cops. Never caught without a smile, they seem to take pleasure in their work and bring “heart” to every event their music graces. They are always timely and professional. Clients just love them!