Trio verses Quartet
What is the difference between a String Trio
and a String Quartet?
Do we need
a Quartet or a trio?
We are often asked this
question. Both are a beautiful
compliment to any occasion, but they are
very different. You should ignore
everything anyone has told you, listen to both, then
choose the one you like best.
are 3 recordings of the swan above
The first two were recorded in our living room
with the same Mic on the same day. The
third was recorded in a sound studio for
high quality audio using professional equipment.
Is a trio loud enough or do we
need a quartet?
There is very little difference in volume
between a Trio and a Quartet. It takes 10
times the number of players to be twice as loud because
volume is a logrhythmic
A string quartet has a more parts and a fuller
sound which creates a richer texture.
Again, choose the sound you prefer.
What music is available for Trio?
There is an incredible repertoire available for string
quartet, most of which can be performed by a trio.
For centuries, master composers have leaned toward the
string quartet. Most of the literature can be
arranged for a string trio.
Mozart for example wrote 23 string quartets and only one
What is the difference in cost between a
trio and a quartet?
string trio is slightly less expensive than a string
quartet, however it is not 30% less. The fees are
based on the number of players, the time required, the
ensembles booking fees & overhead, plus travel charges
if applicable. Check with your vendor for exact
Should we work
directly with the quartet or use an event planner /
We would prefer to work with you directly with us even if
you have an agent because:
There are less errors without a middle man
Planners & agents charge fees which often add to your
Some planners do not communicate enough while others
shower musicians with so many details they don't need,
that important information gets lost in the packets.
We have had agents inform clients we are no longer
available after we received a contract with a non
refundable because some communication or payment was not
made to them on their timetable. This leaves you
holding the bag, and possibly paying fees to two
ensembles. We cannot control when we receive a
contract with a deposit and cannot reserve musicians and
date until it is received. Again communicating
directly with you makes this type of error a non issue.
Some agents are wonderful to work with! Some are