Creating Magical Melodies for Your Special Day!
“Showstopping”. “A Dream to Work With”. “Next Level”. “The Bomb”.
These are just a few recent comments from clients who booked Ilana Blumberg Thomas, arguably the Bay Area’s most in-demand professional acoustic and electric violinist, for their weddings & corporate events. With over 25 years of top-tier experience, this conservatory-trained violinist made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16, and followed a path which has led her to concert stages around the world, innumerable luxury weddings, countless corporate events, top festivals, and intimate private concerts.
Currently, she balances her time between performing as a principal and section violinist with area orchestras, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Symphony San Jose, and the Oakland, Santa Rosa & Marin Symphonies, with providing incomparable performances to private clients in a dizzying array of genres. Equally comfortable as a violin soloist, accompanying a DJ on electric violin, providing glamorous entrance music for multi-cultural weddings, providing contemporary or classical wedding ceremony music for City Hall weddings and other high-end events, playing in string quartets, duos, and trios, or playing along with recorded backing tracks, Ilana excels at everything from Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms to pop, contemporary, R&B, soul, and hip hop. She adds songs to her list weekly, keeping things current and her playlist engaging.
Her past endeavors have included appearing with ODESZA in sold out NYE shows at the Warfield, at their Sundara Festival in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and in tour finale shows in LA and Stanford. She also performed with Kygo at Napa's Bottlerock Festival, at Monterey Jazz Festival backing Bridgerton phenom Kris Bowers, at Chase Center with the Eagles and with Andrea Bocelli and at the Greek Theater with Sigur Ros. She has also shared the stage and the studio with Josh Groban, Philip Glass, Michael Buble, Third Eye Blind, Warren Haynes, Il Divo, the Monophonics, and countless others and has appeared at every major classical music festival, including Aspen, Tanglewood, Marlboro, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In the theater, she performed in original Broadway NY productions of The Producers and Aida and touring Broadway productions of Anastasia and Cinderella.
Ilana is a proud Oakland resident, devoted to continuing the next generation of music instruction in her community, teaching at the public charter Oakland School for the Arts as well as privately. In between all her professional engagements, the one hobby she makes time for is distance running--ironic since she failed the fitness mile in her high school PE Class.
9/21: Candlelight Concert Modesto
9/22: Private Event, Cornerstone Sonoma
9/23: Gala Event for Bay Philharmonic, Hayward
9/24: Berkeley Symphony Chamber Concert
9/26: Corporate Event, Four Seasons Calistoga
9/29: Private Events, SF City Hall
9/29: Private Event, V. Sattui, St. Helena
9/30: Private Event, Four Seasons Calistoga
10/6: Private Event, SF City Hall
10/7: Private Event, Grace Episcopal, St. Helena
10/8: Private Event, Private Residence, San Jose
10/9: Private Event, Allied Arts Guild
10/11: Private Event, SF City Hall
10/13: Private Event, SF City Hall
10/14: Private Event, SF City Hall
10/14-15: Modesto Symphony Orchestra
10/16: Private Event, Mountain Terrace, Woodside
10/20-10/22: SF Chamber Orchestra