Wedding client

Browns Brewery, Troy, NY

"It was fantastic.  We couldn't be happier!"

- The Friedbergs

June 29, 2020

"Very talented and professional!"

- Trent Gaylord, Father of the Groom, Oct 26, 2019

"Will was great.  He was exactly what we hoped for.  Will arrived on time.  He was flexible when timing changed.  The guests loved his choices of music."

- Elaine Hannon, mother of the bride, Oct 11, 2019

"Thank you for an outstanding performance!  You guys totally crushed the Queen tune, Somebody to Love."

- Mike Emery, New York Players, wedding at the Saratoga Hall of Springs, Saratoga, NY, Oct 12, 2018

"Will Hayes played the cello at my wedding and it was beautiful. It added to the elegance and beauty of this momentous day."

- Kathy B, June, 2018


- Robin Poirot

"Will has provided music for several of our events. He is always a pleasure to work with. You can rest assured that when you hire him, the music for your event will be first class."

- Chanie Simon, 2018

"Gorgeous vibrato."

- Julie E.

"Beautiful performance! Professional, flexible, reliable, easy to contact and attentive to our requests. Would highly recommend!"

- Courtney W., Oct, 2017

"Will is an excellent musician. He was creative, attentive and brought my project to a whole new level. If you hire will for your event or project, I'm sure he will do an excellent job for you like he did for us."

- Brian Fitzgerald, 2015

"Will played for our daughter's wedding with a violinist accompanying him.  They did a spectacular job.  He learned new songs they requested.  Having Will play added the feeling we needed for an outdoor wedding.  It felt like a movie setting.  His choice in music was perfect."

- Kate Calbone,

Mother of the bride

"Will was easy to work with and his music set a wonderful tone for our event.  We appreciated his vast repertoire."

- Sharon Kasman, Troy, NY, Aug 19, 2018

"A great cellist, and even better to work with!"

-Gregg Simmons, 


"Will's playing was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony at Thatcher Park.  The rich and deep tones of his cello filled the air with warmth and matched the romantic quality of our special day.  Will was also fun and easy to work with.  I eagerly recommend Will to anyone looking for beautiful and professional cello music!"

- Vedrana Bubregovic, bride, Aug 31, 2012


"Thank you!  You did an amazing job!"

- Alyssa Gaylord, Bride, Oct 26, 2019

Berkshire Hills Country Club

"We loved it!  Thank you so much for playing beautiful music at our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour!"

- Christian Yanni, Groom, Oct 29, 2019

"We truly enjoyed every minute of it."

- Karen A.,

Nov 13, 2019

"A fantastic cellist and generally one of the nicest guys I know."

- Alexina Jones, Cambridge, NY, July 9, 2014


"Will did an excellent job playing cello for our ceremony and cocktail hour.  He knew all the songs we requested.  We loved having him!  Would definitely recommend!'

- Lauren Hannon, bride, Oct 11, 2019

"Thank you for all your help.  Thanks for all the extra time and effort you put into making our wedding day special."

- Sarah + Sean

"Wonderful experience working with Will Hayes and Emma Piazza.  As our wedding evolved due to Covid, Will happily agreed to not only play the ceremony but also to play during cocktail hour and dinner.  He was a pleasure to work with and delighted our guests.  Highly recommend."

- Page and Jeff

Lake Placid Lodge

October 3, 2020

"We absolutely loved your music!  Will added such a beautiful touch to our wedding day with his talent and charm.  Before our intimate ceremony Will treated our in-person guests and those attending virtually to lovely Classical music, and he played the traditional wedding songs during our ceremony that I always dreamed of hearing during our wedding.  During cocktail hour, he played a fun mix of well known songs that our guests loved."

- Hildy and Matt Curtin, Albany, NY

October 2, 2020

"The performance was A+, 100%, out of this world perfection.  My wife and I eloped to the Adirondacks after our wedding was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.  We had a beautiful chalet near Lake Placid and had a full week of hiking and relaxation - I wanted to bring a bit of wedding classiness to our setting while we dined and I was incredibly happy when I found (Emma Piazza and Will Hayes' duo).  From the start (they) were VERY fast with the responses.  (They) have a spectacular array of songs, many of which we love and mean a lot to my wife.  One of the additional songs I sent is one I recorded and was not sure if it could be done but, VOILA, it was done!  They arrived promptly, were very very kind and happy to be there, and were very cognizant of social distancing protocol.  We had a great dinner and drinks in front while they performed each and every song I asked for - plus a couple extra to make the night more special (the game of thrones one was a highlight for us).  We drank, ate, and slow danced while they played.  Besides our actual wedding ceremony at the top of the mountain, this was the big highlight of the week for us.  Thank you so much for not only your professionalism and your overwhelming talent, but your kindness in making that a night we will both never forget!  I will certainly recommend you to anybody who is up in the ADK and in need of a lovely evening!"

- Tom Laffey, Keene, NY, September 16, 2020

"The music was absolutely beautiful for our wedding ceremony, exactly what I had hoped for!  Emma (Piazza, violinist) and Will were easy to coordinate and communicate with leading up to the day of the event, and were even flexible when we had to change our date due to COVID.  They have an extensive song list which made it easy to choose from (even though they offered to learn new songs as well).  I would definitely recommend Emma and Will.

- Renee Euripidou and Andrew Livanos, August 22, 2020

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Albany, NY

"Thank you for performing beautiful solo cello music at our wedding!  Your rendition of Pachabel Cannon was wonderful and perfectly timed for the walk down the aisle.  We also appreciated your professionalism and how you selected upbeat classical music to play afterwards - perfect choices for a happy occasion! Would highly recommend."

- Audrey & Christopher, July 4, 2020

"Will is an exceptional cellist and will be a terrific asset to your special event.  Will performed at my wedding and welcomed a traditional mixed with non-traditional repertoire.  As a big U2 fan, I requested whether Will could perform a few U2 songs at the wedding - he undertook the task effortlessly which truly added a special touch to our wedding day!  As a fellow cellist, I would highly recommend him not only for his talent but also for his personality - a true gem!"

- Gwen Slattery, bride

Warren, PA

"Extremely talented and excellent performer!  Having the extra touch of live string music helped bring the ceremony to life.  Arrived on time, and performed all the selections that we were hoping to hear for our big day.  Would definitely recommend for ceremony music!  The quality of performance is high, and the price is very reasonable as well."

- Evan Kulhawik, Groom, Sep 28, 2019

"Amazing cello music @ my wedding!!  Thank you for being part of my big day and making it extra special.  Nathan and Will did a fantastic duet at our wedding ceremony!  Guests afterwards commented on the beauty of our wedding ceremony, and specifically noted how much the live music added.  During the preparation, these gentlemen made picking the music easy and fluid.  Wil has a large selection of music to choose from, and was able to find our special selections online.  He encouraged us to select music that fit us as a couple, and this personalization added to the beauty of our ceremony."

- Jael Mancino, bride, Aug 9, 2019


"We had Will on the strings for our wedding. He played a comfortable melody while all the guests were arriving and seamlessly transitioned to different songs as the bridal party and finally the bride entered. He could not have been easier to work with. My wife and I would strongly recommend Will for future weddings."

- John Lawrence

"The strings were fantastic and it made for such a phenomenal, special and classy wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  Just wanted to say how thankful we were and how much we felt like the music set the tone for a beautiful ceremony and cocktail hour.  Thanks so much for being flexible with the rain."

- Bob Meyer, Groom

Equinox Resort and Hotel, Manchester Center, VT

Sept 7, 2019

"Exceptional!  Emma and Will delighted the crowd for 3 hours at my wedding.  Couldn't have asked for a better duo.  The music was perfect for our venue and they smiled the whole time.  My guests were impressed.  I'd hire them in a heartbeat."

- Eni Bica, Bride, August, 2019

"We hired Will Hayes to play cello at our wedding on August 3rd, 2019.  He played ceremony music for us in our church.  I found Will and he got back to me immediately regarding my interest in him and answered all my questions.  He stuck out to me as someone who was prompt, thorough, and absolutely loved his instrument and what he does.  After reading all the wonderful reviews others wrote about Will, this confirmed my thoughts and instincts.  Will made the extra effort to ensure our music was perfect for our wedding day.  Everything that Will played was beautiful and outstanding.  As soon as you hear him play, you are in for a treat because his talent and passion is clearly there.  He is professional, on time and presents himself very nicely.  If you are looking to hire a cello player for your wedding please consider the exceptional Will Hayes!"

-Carlee Collins, Bride, Troy, NY

"A wonder violin, guitar and cello trio!  Very easy to work with, professional and wonderful musicians.  Everything we could have hoped for our daughter's wedding day."

- Richard Cotroneo, Father of the Bride, Nov 2, 2019

Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs, NY

"They showed up early, they played late, they were incredibly professional and they were easy to work with.  Their talent was astounding!  They played Classical, modern, pop . . . you name it.  Could not have asked for a better duo at our wedding.  Thank you for being a special part of our day!"

- Hunter Gaylord, Groom, Oct 26, 2019

Berkshire Hills Country Club

"Will came highly recommended to me as a cellist for my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour.  He was great to work with, and he made the planning process so easy with his repertoire variety and professional experience.  I had specific ideas that he was willing to accommodate, but he also brought expertise and creativity to help make our vision come to life.  Everything turned out beautifully and it added the elegant feel to our wedding day that we wanted!"

-Jessica Bernardo, bride, Nov 10, 2019


"As we approach our first anniversary, we reminisce about our December wedding with fond memories of the incredible live music provided by Will Hayes.  He not only put together an awesome group of musicians to play prelude music, he also performed cello duets with his daughter, Veronica Nettles Kolegas during our reception.  Both performances were simply incredible and enjoyed by all of our guests.  We are so thankful that Will guided our music choices; they were a welcome addition to our special day."

- Michael & Catherine Lyon, Nov 10, 2019

"Will was an amazing musician and a fantastic addition to our wedding day.  When we asked for a cello and guitar, he found another musician to play with and they even composed a song we requested just for our ceremony.  They both showed up on time, the music for the ceremony and cocktail hour was beautiful.  Will also made sure all our questions were answered and we had a plan in place for everything so we didn't have to think about it on the day of our wedding.  I would highly recommend Will the cellist!"

- Catherine Roedel, bride, Nov 10, 2019

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

"Will's performance provided an elegant and timeless ambiance for our wedding ceremony at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.  From the prelude, enjoyed by our guests a half hour prior to our ceremony, to the recessional, Will accomplished exactly what we envisioned for this special day.  Many compliments on his performance during the cocktail hour as well.  He was very professional and easy to work with.  With his help and suggestions we were able to choose just the right arrangements.  We couldn't be happier."

- Melanie Feisthamel, Bride, Nov 16, 2019

Saratoga Springs, NY

"Thank you for your fine playing - it has been a pleasure working with you!  I'm proud of the quality of music and service that we provided over this last year."

Wedding Contractor, Saratoga Springs, NY

"A fabulous cellist collaborator in the greater capital region; 

an ambitious, sensitive and kind musician.”
Kara Cornell, mezzo soprano

"Absolutely sterling cello performance.  It was exquisitely beautiful music of the very highest quality." - First Reformed Church of Del Mar, NY

"He made our ceremony!

A friend recommended Will to me. I met with him several times, he was very receptive and responded in a timely manner. He allowed us to bounce ideas off of him and ultimately helped us pick the music we used for the ceremony.  The day of the wedding he showed up early and suffered through cold temperatures with us. His music helped to make our ceremony memorable for us and all of our guests. A true master of his art."

- Andrew D., groom, Nov, 2017


Wedding at The Inn at Weathersfield

"Will Hayes provided lovely music for our intimate wedding among the pines. It was a wonderful addition to our ceremony and I would certainly recommend him, or use for future events." - Caroline D. Oct, 2017

"Just can’t even begin to describe how beautiful the sound of a cello is for a wedding. Will did such an amazing job from the wedding intro to playing along to “The Prayer”. Amazing job and would highly recommend him for any event involving a cello." - Kimberly B.

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