Monica Jenks is the Founder of The Wedding Violinist and is the Violinist for Hilton Head Island, SC
and Savannah, GA area weddings. She has been performing on the violin for weddings and special
events since 1999. Monica has been playing the violin since the age of nine. She was taught by
Geoffrey Applegate, famous performer, music minus one recording artist, and principle violinist of the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Monica was principle violinist of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
and first violinist in the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded Honors Recital Soloist at
Western Michigan University. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College of Madonna University in
Michigan. Monica has directed the Instrumental Music Team at Southern Catholic College and has
taught Music at Pinecrest Academy. Monica has performed numerous times at Starbucks as a featured
artist. Over the years, she has classically trained hundreds of violinists both young and old. She
currently resides on Hilton Head Island with her husband and two children.
About the Violinists
We have recruited the highest caliber of professional and award winning violinists
for your special day, all of whom have been members of various Symphony Orchestras.
|Monica Jenks, Founder
Hilton Head, SC & Savannah, GA Areas
Dr. Vera Ilyushina is the Violinist for Atlanta area weddings. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Growing up in a very musical family she started her first music lessons at the age of 2. Showing great
promise she won several competitions at an early age and toured extensively throughout Russia and
Europe while continuing her studies in the musical field with Professors S. Shalman and A. Shustin.
Shortly after her graduation from the acclaimed St. Petersburg Conservatory she moved to the United
States to continue her education at the SUNY at Stony Brook, where she studied with the renowned
Lazar Gosman. After receiving her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree she moved to Atlanta, where she
performed with the Atlanta Symphony orchestra, Atlanta Opera and the Atlanta Ballet. Dr.Vera
Ilyushina gave numerous recitals throughout Russia, Europe and the United States. Currently Dr.
Ilyushina continues to reside in Atlanta, where she divides her time between her performances, violin
studio, and raising her three boys.
Atlanta, GA Area
Valeri Galva is the Violinist for Las Vegas, NV area weddings. At eight years old, Valeri began his
violin instruction at a school for musically gifted children in Chisinau, Moldova (Former USSR), At 15
he entered the Stefan Neaga College of Music and then graduated from “Gavriil Muzicescu”
Conservatory of Music, studying under Efim Zubritskii. There he expanded his repertoire with many
different styles of music, gaining high acclaim in the music world. He has performed for world leaders
including Gorbachov and Yelstin at the Kremlin in Moscow and elite audiences in Paris, Montreal,
Toronto, and throughout Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Cyprus, Belgium, Ethiopia,
and the United States. He accompanied many renowned artists on-stage in his hometown of Chisinau.
Valeri was a well-known television artist in the USSR. At age 23, Valeri conducted the orchestra
representing the USSR and played solo violin by special invitation from the United Nations in New York.
At 26 he received his degree as Professor of Violin and taught at the Institute of Art for five years.
Valeri's dream of coming to America was realized when Yakov Smirnoff invited him to join his show in
Branson, MO. Valeri is currently living in Las Vegas and performs at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
Las Vegas, NV Area