Allegro Strings - Durban's finest live musicians for weddings, corporate events, dinner and birthday parties

Contact: Kolio Kolev
Cell: +27 83 555 2602
Audio Samples

Electric violin
Violin and Cello
String trio
Jazz Latin Trio
Sax, violin and cello trio
String quartet


Hi Kolio,
We would just like to thank you so very much for your incredibly beautiful music on our wedding at Makaranga on Saturday. We never had the chance to thank you in person. Everyone raved about how stunning your music was. Despite the extreme humidity your string quartet performed fantastically and we were so happy! We will always remember the day with the fondest of memories.
Many thanks Shaun & Lindsay Smith.

Hi Kolio,
A big thanks to you and your wife for everything at the wedding-the music in both the chapel and at the reception was so beautiful. Numerous guests commented on how lovely the music was and how much they enjoyed it during the canapés while we were having photos.Many thanks for being so reliable-it was very special.
Regards Simone and Craig.

Good day,
I would like to express our appreciation for what you did to make our wedding day very special. The music that you played was excellent and it was highly appreciated. You really made our day.
A big thank you to the Allegro team and thank you very much for the gift.
Kind regards Zandile

Dear Kolio,
Malcolm and I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for making our wedding such a memorable day. It was truly the perfect day, and we loved every minute of it.Your professionalism and expertise were so appreciated. We will certainly be recommending you to friends getting married in the area.
Thank you again. Love Nikki (Lechner) & Malcolm Penn


Petya Kolev - violin and
Kolyo Kolev - cello

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Allegro Strings - Durban's finest live musicians for weddings, corporate events and functions, dinner and birthday parties

We will play the best light classical, jazz and popular, live music for your wedding in Durban and Natal Midlands. We will also travel to any location in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. On our list we have musicians who play the violin, the electric violin, the cello, the flute, the saxophone and keyboard masterfully. Allegro strings was established in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 1994. Now, many years later, everyone who is involved in the wedding business knows us and respects our professionalism. That is why you can book our live musicians with utmost confidence. By booking Allegro strings you will get the best live musicians to perform at your wedding or any other function or celebration in Durban.

Solo Violin

Our violinist is Petya Koleva (MMus). Petya is principal violinist with Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonis orchestra (KZNPO) in Durban South Africa. She has appeared numerous times as a soloist with KZNPO at the Durban`s City Hall at their "World symphony series" concerts. Petya is also one of the most recognized violin teachers in Durban. Many of her students are regularly chosen to perform with KZNPO for their “Youth concerto festival” concerts where young musicians are given opportunity to play with the professional orchestra on the big stage. Many of her students have gone to the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University to continue their violin studies.

You can visit Petya`s own website here

Solo Violin audio samples

Barbara Straisand - Woman in Love

Pablo Beltran Ruiz - Sway

Bond - Victory

Dizzy Gilespie - Night in Tunisia

Violin and Cello Duo

Add a heavenly touch of elegance to your wedding music with the ethereal sounds of the violin and cello duo. This is our favourite ensemble. It is thoroughly versatile, extremely flexible and able to perform inside a church, on a patio, in a garden, on the beach or wherever else you may desire. The violin and cello duo is a very popular choice for weddings as it is affordable and still very entertaining. Our rich, elegant and polished sound will help set the tone for your wedding and delight you and your guests.

Kolio and Petya - Wedding at Crincley Bottom

Violin and cello - sound samples

S Joplin - Bohemia Rag

R Wagner - Here comes the bride

J Herman - Hello Dolly

Händel - Hornpipe

Unknown - Rumba

Felix Mendelsohn - Wedding March

J Strauss - Trish Trash

As a result to the amazing virtuosity of P Kolev (violin) and K Kolev (cello) our violin and cello duo will sound much fuller and more exciting than any of the larger groups (string trios and quartets) available in Durban. If you are considering any other ensembles for your wedding, reception or special event, we encourage you to obtain CDs from all the groups you are considering and compare them side by side with the unique sound of Allegro violin and cello duo.

String Trio and String Quartet

The string trio is an ensemble of three instruments; two violins and the cello. The string quartet is ensemble of four instruments; two violins, viola and the cello.
Both the trio and the quartet are very versatile. They can play arrangements of famous classical tunes, as well as many excellent arrangements of popular contemporary, rock and pop music, including light jazz, evergreen tunes and melodies from the big screen, and famous musicals. In this view the trio and the quartet are great for any formal classical music concerts, and they can provide background, classical, jazz and contemporary music for functions and parties. The string trio and the string quartet are also considered the ultimate you can have for your wedding service and reception.

String quartet

String Trio and String Quartet Audio Samples

The excellent live music provided by the musicians of The Allegro string trio and Allegro string quartet will stir emotions and touch the hearts and souls of all who are a part of your wedding day. Creating the mood, elegance, beauty, and joy of your special event is our unique service.

Jazz Trio - Keyboard, double bass and drum set

Carlos Jobim - Wave

Joseph Kosma - Autumn Leaves

Hoagy Carmichael - Georgia on my Mind

Saxophone Trio - Saxophone, violin and cello

Unknown - Crazi Ritum

William Christopher Handy - Saint Louis Blues

Our musicians have combined experience of more than 60 years performing live music at wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions throughout South Africa’s province of Kwa Zulu Natal, Natal Midlands and the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
We have performed in concert halls, churches, civic centres, hotels, wedding venues, private homes, and on the beach.

We will plan the live music for your Wedding, Anniversaries, Awards Nights, Banquets,Beach Weddings, Birthday Parties, Christenings, Church Services, Church Weddings, Corporate Functions, Garden Weddings, Fund Raisers, making sure it will be nothing less than perfect.

List of all Instruments and ensembles you can choose from:

Our Music Repertoire

List of some of the music in our repertoire. We have seven hours of music in total.

Canon in D - Pachelbel (Most Popular)
Bridal Chorus - 'Here comes the bride' - Wagner
Wedding March - from Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelsohn
Spring from '4 Seasons' - Vivaldi
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach

Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke
Trumpet Tune - Purcell
Ave Maria - Gounoud
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Hornpipe from Water Music - Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel
Two Rondeaux - Purcell

Contemporary Songs:

You raise me up - Josh Groban
From this moment - Shania Twain
All of me - John Legend
A thousand years - Christina Perri
All you need is love - Beatles
Love changes everything - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Music of the night - Andrew Lloyd Webber
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
What a wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Bittersweet Symphony - the Verve
Mamma Mia - Abba

We are constantly adding contemporary music to our repertoire, and can also arrange your special popular song to order.

We also have arrangements of popular hymns which can be played with the congregation.

Classical Collection:

A Selection of pieces by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Corelli, Handel and other well known composers is good for the mood immediately before the ceremony.

Light Classics, Ragtime, Jazz and Pop Music settles your guests into a relaxed mood as the canapes and cocktail pre-reception function begins.

A selection of Rossini, Strauss Waltzes, and music from Tschaikovsky ballets,through to Cole Porter jazz numbers, Scott Joplin ragtime tunes and Beatles songs are on the menu from our light collection.

Thank you for visiting our site. Please send us an email or give us a phone call to ask any questions you might have. As a part of our fee, we are happy to offer one private consultation to assist you in selecting your music. Come to visit us! We are in Westville. If you wish, you may depend entirely on the experience and knowledge of Allegro Strings in selecting music that is appropriate for your occasion – joyous Baroque for a wedding Prelude, elegant classical music and upbeat show tunes for the welcoming drinks and the reception. To request a complimentary CD and DVD from Allegro Strings, please phone us or send us an email.

Contact Kolio
tel: +27 31 266 6892
cell: +27 83 555 2602


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