Founding Member, Retired
Daniel Nguyen was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, beginning his violin studies there at the age of six. His love for music was nurtured by the Sacramento Youth Symphony, which traveled to Europe and won 1st Place and the City of Vienna Award at the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. A versatile musician, Daniel has performed at club venues across Sacramento in jazz ensembles and rock bands as well as at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA, leading an orchestra in the Young Artists Competition. Daniel is also a recording artist, lending his musical skills to many local musicians in varieties of musical genres here in Sacramento. He co-founded the Mersonacta Quartet with fellow violinist/pianist Kit Lau in 2004, and retired recently in 2018.
Violinist, Violist & Pianist
Eunah Cho is a Davis native who graduated from UC San Diego with degrees in Violin Performance & Communications in 2013. As a choral piano accompanist and instrumental soloist in high school she nurtured her love for traditional classical and romantic repertoire. It was in university that she developed a passion for New Music under the tutelage of Wojtek Blecharz, Katharina Rosenberger, Aleck Karis, and the late Janos Negyesy. She currently serves as principal 2nd violin of the Camellia Symphony Orchestra that, under the creative direction of Maestro Christian Baldini, premieres several New Music works alongside traditional orchestra repertoire. She also serves as concertmaster of the Davis Sinfonietta and was invited to be concertmaster of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and principal 2nd violin of Folsom Symphony in 2015. Recent projects include the premiere of William Cooper's opera "Leonce and Lena" on violin, Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" as 1st violin, and Weber's opera "Abu Hassan" as orchestra concertmaster. She currently freelances as an orchestral and chamber musician on violin and viola, and is also a private teacher for both violin and piano. She has been performing with the Mersonacta Quartet since 2013.
Cellist & Pianist
Joyce Park was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Piedmont, CA at the age of 10. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Music Education at California State University, Sacramento where she was a student of Andrew Luchansky. At Sacramento State she was the winner of the 2014 concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra as well as being an apprentice teacher in the String Project. She is currently attending San Francisco Conservatory of Music for graduate school. For the past five years, she has been teaching privately in the Sacramento and the Bay Area. She has been performing with the Mersonacta Quartet since 2012.
Founding Member, Retired
Kit Lau began her musical training at the age of six in China. As an accomplished pianist, Kit began her professional musical career at the tender age of eleven, where she competed rigorously in various music and piano competitions throughout the world. Her achievements include medaling in 3rd and 4th places at the United States Open Music Competition in Showcase Duet-Advanced and Open Solo. Through her passion in piano and classical music theory training, Kit began to branch out her musical talents towards other string instruments and mastering them with ease. She quickly excelled in learning the violin, string bass, as well as the Chinese guzheng (harp). As a result, Kit enjoys arranging and composing music for the quartet.
Kit also performs regularly with other regional symphonies. She is currently a member of the San Francisco Civic Symphony. As a recording artist, Kit also performs regularly with the NorCal based modern rock group, Once an Empire.
She co-founded the Mersonacta Quartet with fellow violinist Daniel Nguyen in 2004, and recently retired in 2018.
Violinist & Violist
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo performs regularly on period and modern instruments in the US, Europe, and Asia. She has appeared as viola d’amore soloist with Juilliard415 and New York Baroque Inc., and has performed as violinist and violist under Nicholas McGegan (as principal second), Masaaki Suzuki (as violinist and principal violist), William Christie, Richard Egarr, Jordi Savall, Monica Huggett, Mark Morris, Manfredo Kraemer, and Jeffrey Thomas. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo has performed with Juilliard415, New York Baroque Inc, Clarion Music Society, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, Lyra Baroque Orchestra (under Jacques Ogg), San Jose Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, UC Berkeley Chorus, and many more. Her summer festival appearances include Lake Tahoe Music Festival (as concertmaster), American Bach Soloists Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, and the Bear Valley Music Festival. A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo teaches throughout the Bay Area and regularly coaches the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Workshop. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo studied with Elizabeth Blumenstock and at the Juilliard School with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She plays a 1690 Caspar Borbon violin, made in Brussels. When not making music, Laura enjoys baking, photography, knitting, and playing with her cat, Sherbert. She has been performing with the Mersonacta Quartet since 2009.
Violinist & Violist
Wayland Whitney began conducting and teaching in 2009 after co-founding the Placer County Youth Orchestra in Roseville, CA. In 2015, he earned a BA in Music Performance from UC Davis, having studied viola with Ellen Ruth Rose, piano with Lois Brandwynne, and conducting with Matilda Hofman and Jeffrey Thomas. In 2016, he left the PCYO to become music director and conductor of the Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra in Nevada City, CA, as well as Music Specialist for Yuba River Charter School. He also acts as assistant conductor for the Ranch Cordova Civic Light Orchestra and will act as music director for the Auburn Symphony's 2018 "Symphony Goes to the Schools" Tour. Wayland has performed professionally with ensembles across the greater Sacramento region, and is currently a member of the Auburn Symphony. He also maintains a small studio of private violin, viola, and piano students. When he's not in rehearsal, Wayland enjoys gardening, homemade pizza, and craft beer.
Violinist & Violist
Brian Favetti is a violinist and violist from Davis. He began playing violin in the Davis school system at age 11. During his formative years as a musician, he took lessons from Tanya Acodeja and played in the Davis High School Symphony Orchestra and the Davis High School Chamber Orchestra. After high school, he attended UC Davis where he played in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and the Davis Sinfonietta. While at UC Davis, he took lessons on violin from Dan Flanagan and lessons on viola from Ellen Ruth Rose. He graduated in 2016 with degrees in Music and Managerial Economics. Post UC Davis, he has been playing violin and viola for musicals at the Woodland Opera House and the Missouri Street Theater in Fairfield. He has been performing with the Mersonacta Quartet since early 2017.
Alex Winter began playing the cello when he was 8 years old in Davis. He earned a bachelor's degree in cello performance from California State University, Sacramento, and a master’s at Florida State University. During his studies he won awards in chamber music, historical performance, and solo performance. He has performed chamber music at festivals in California, Oregon, New York, and Vermont. Currently Alex is a freelance orchestral musician and teaches cello in the Bay Area.
Why Choose Mersonacta
We are a collective of professional musicians that have been performing together across North America since 2004. With thousands of performances under our belt, we provide concert hall quality music for Northern California weddings, receptions and private events.
Our Competitive Advantage
As seasoned musicians, Mersonacta Quartet also boasts one of the most diverse and au courant music libraries in the world. Our collection is unrivaled and our transitions are flawless (it helps that we have iPads instead of having to flip through pages of sheet music like the good old days, thank goodness for technology!). With our wide range of repertoire and continuously growing music collection, we have the flexibility to be as unique as you are when it comes to enchanting your guests on your special day. We regularly perform both classical music as well as original arrangements of contemporary songs by our very own in-house composers.
Free Concert for Our Clients
We really hope you can attend one of our free concerts before hiring us — because we have had brides and grooms tell us that they wished were guests at their own wedding so that they could hear us play their favorite songs.
Take Your Event to the Next Level
Want to make an impression that your guests won’t forget? Nothing will set the mood quite like a live string quartet greeting your guests with your favorite songs playing as they arrive. We also work exclusively with some of the top wedding venues here in Northern California (such as the Crocker Art Museum, Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe, Citizen Hotel, and more), while tailoring the best musical experience that is guaranteed to impress.
Serving Northern California — Sacramento, West Sacramento, Lodi, Lincoln, Stockton, Galt, Walnut Creek, Davis, Woodland, Elk Grove, Galt, Placerville, El Dorado, Coloma, Newcastle, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville, auburn, Wilton, Ione, Jackson, Yuba City, Williams, Folsom, Vacaville, Winters, and more! Now available in Bay Area — San Francisco, San Jose, Napa Valley, North Bay, East Bay, South Bay and more!
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Since 2004, the Mersonacta string quartet has been performing free monthly public concerts between the months of February and May every year for all potential clients as well as friends and families. These free concerts are normally 45 minutes to an hour long. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and family as these concerts are free and open to the public. Due to our very busy schedule, we can no longer accommodate free concerts to potential clients outside of our regular public concert season.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a deposit?
Yes, the deposit is $50. Deposit is required to hold the reserved date. We cannot guarantee reservation until we have received your deposit and the signed contract/agreement. To reserve us, please go to the reservations page and fill out the Reservation Form. Once we can confirm that we have your availability, we will send you an electronic agreement, and your online deposit payment link. The deposit must be paid within 2 weeks of the issuing of the electronic agreement. The agreement will no longer be valid if the deposit is not paid within the 2 weeks of issue date. This 2 weeks is a grace period which we will tentatively hold the reservation time and date for you. We accept Paypal for online deposits.
How does the process work?
First you have to let us know when the event is, where it is going to be, how long you need our services for, and what kind of music are you looking for. If you decide that you want our services, simply let us know that you’re ready to lock down the date by signing an agreement with us. Meanwhile, you can email or call us anytime for additional information, or come to hear us play at one of our free auditions before we begin the agreement/contract signing process.
I'm on a budget. Do you guys offer duet or trio service?
Yes. We've had many clients who've used our duet service and have been very pleased with the results.
Can I still book you guys even if the event is only a week away?
Yes. Although our availability might be limited, but do contact us and find out!
What kind of music do you guys play?
We offer everything from classical to contemporary, and with a musical library as big as ours, you can pick and choose across the multiple genres to keep your guests entertained! Just take a look at our repertoire section and see for yourself. We also offer custom music arrangement/transcription service at additional cost.
How long should I hire you for my event?
Most events range between the 2-3 hour span, while wedding ceremonies are only about an hour long including the seating of the guests (with the exception of catholic weddings). We only need about 15 minutes to set up, and a 5 minute break for every hour we play. We are more than happy to pause to accommodate speeches, toasts, or other events in your schedule.
Can I hear you guys play before I hire you?
Absolutely, and we hope you can share this experience with your loved ones! We hold free public concerts regularly for our friends and potential clients at a predetermined location between the months of February and May. These concerts are free to the public, however, the exact date and time of the concerts will be posted on our website approximately two week prior to the concert date.
What if I have a special song that I want you guys to play during the event?
We would be more than happy to play that special song for your event. If you already have sheet music in string quartet format, we can play those almost immediately free of charge as part of your music selection for the event. If you have the sheet music for your song in a different format (such as piano or guitar), we still need to charge a transcription of $40. Please allow up to 21 days for the transcription service to take place. Cost for arrangement/transcription service depends on the difficulty as well as length of song. If you do not have any sheet music of the song, simply point us to the video of the song on YouTube or send us an mp3 file via email — and we will make the transcription happen.
What if my event goes over the contracted hour? How are increments billed?
We bill in 15 minute increments, at 25% of the initial hourly rate.
What is your performance & formal attire?
Normally all black professional attire unless requested otherwise.
how do I pay you?
For deposit, we accept Venmo or Paypal. For final payment, we accept cash, check, or Venmo.
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*Wedding Rehearsal Appearance: Scheduling conflict may occur and attendance will be dependent upon the musician's availability during the day. Not required.
**Public Audition: Every year between the months of February and May, the quartet will be performing live at a local venue that is opened to public. This event usually lasts about an hour, with performances of songs selected from our extended repertoire. These Public Auditions are designed for our potential and existing clients, with a 15 minute Q&A segment following each performance.
***All duets have limited music selection. However, we can accommodate most of our contemporary and some classical music selections from the string quartet repertoire. Piano/cello or piano/violin duets: event location must already have a piano, as we do not travel or perform with electronic keyboard. Please inquire for more details.
Payment methods: Client must pay a minimum deposit of $50 at the signing of the contract for string quartet, trio, and duet.
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Mersonacta Quartet boasts one of the most diverse and versatile string quartet music selection portfolios here in California. We can play anything and everything from Bach to Led Zeppelin, and even a few video game theme songs in between for the grooms. We also offer free open house auditions on a monthly basis between the months of February and May each year where we play in a casual setting for our potential clients.
We also offer free consultations during these auditions. Should you have any questions about what songs to choose or need help picking out music for your special event, we are more than happy to assist you in that process as well.
*IMPORTANT: For a smooth transition between songs during an event (such as a wedding ceremony), please have the event planner coordinate with us ahead of time to signal cues.*
If there is a special song that you would like the quartet to play, Mersonacta Quartet can accommodate almost any song requests with our transcription service. Some of our members are seasoned composers, and having the capacity to transcribe almost any song at will is one of the many reasons why our clients choose us to be their musical entertainment of choice. Want that song that no one else have and an experience that you won’t forget? We can make it happen. Transcription service begins at $40 per song for most songs. More difficult/longer pieces will require a higher transcription service rate.
Standard turnaround time: $40 each song in 3 weeks
Expedited turnaround time: 3 business days (+$15)
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