Often when people think of using string musicians for their event, they think of a string quartet first. But a trio is a great alternative: Same full sound, fewer people to organize and pay.
The Helvetica String Trio specializes in providing live entertainment for weddings, private parties, and special events. We cover a wide range of styles, and would love to be a part of your special occasion.
We have a versatile and varied repertoire consisting of classical, folk, rock, pop, and many other genres. We are able to play anything from the Wedding March to a cover of your favorite song.
Gokce Erem, violinist, graduated from New York University - Steinhardt School in May 2014, studying with Prof. Kikuei Ikeda, with a scholarship in the performance program for an Advanced Certificate Diploma. She performs with the NYU - Steinhardt Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster (2013-present), One World Symphony (as Principal Second Violin), Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, Kamerata NY, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, New York Chamber Players, Staten Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Garden State Philharmonic, and Richmond County Orchestra. She has performed with Tony-award-winner John Lloyd Young ("Jersey Boys") at Café Carlyle where she played in a series of concerts with musician/producer Tommy Faragher. For two years she has been teaching at NYU Steinhardt as an adjunct.
Portia Zwicker, violist, graduated with a bachelors in music from Union College. She performed as the principal violist in the Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra from 2006-2008, with the Joli String Quartet from 2006-2008, and the Greenwich Village Orchestra in 2011-2013. In 2013 she joined the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. She also occasionally plays with the Spectrum and Astoria Symphonies. In her first venture outside of classical music, she joined the folk band Prairie Empire in 2011.
Jennifer Girone-Virgilio, cellist, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Hartt School, and a Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in Cello Performance. She is a member of the NYC/Baltimore based contemporary ensemble Rhymes with Opera, and can be heard in the CNBC featured documentary "The China Question" by Brook Silva-Braga, as well as Warner Bros. artist Matt White's most recent album, "Shirley". She has performed with Ensemble 212, Nova Philharmonic, Empire State Sinfonia, and One World Symphony.