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  • Avg 5.0 | 31 Reviews
  • Acoustic Guitarist from Mineral Point, WI
  • 42 Verified Bookings
  • Starting at $200 per event

31 Reviews for Helen Avakian


Review by Kate G.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on May 27, 2023From Fitchburg, WI

Helen and Dave were a highlight of our wedding day! Their pre- and post-ceremony sets complemented the beauty of our outdoor venue, their music lilting and mingling with the breeze and the birds. They and their artistry felt completely at home. They worked with us to ensure our ceremony music was exactly what we hoped for. It was that and more. In a word, it was perfect.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you so much Kate for your review. It was an honor and pleasure to be part of your and Joey's wedding and to play in such a lovely natural setting! All Best Wishes, Helen

Review by Rena A.

CelebrationReviewed on June 26, 2021From Dubuque, IA

They were so wonderful for my daughters ceremony. The music was beautiful and complimented our ceremony and added a modern flare. Would hire them again in a minute. They would be great for happy hour as well. Very kind prompt and fee was reasonable.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you Rena! It was such a pleasure to work with you, meet your lovely family, and be part of your special day. Wishing you All the Best!

Review by Carla M.

Holiday PartyReviewed on December 21, 2019From Madison, WI

Helen and Dave are a fantastic together and separately.I absolutely love the variety and versatility of their music. They played for my Holiday Event and my guests found them enchanting, witty and entertaining. I would highly recommend Helen and Dave for your next event and I will be booking them for my future events. Carla Mason Creative Energy Designs Inc.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you very much Carla! We so enjoy working with you!

Review by Dana P.

Coffee Shop EventReviewed on December 29, 2019From Madison, WI

Helen & Dave have been tremendous playing at Cargo Coffee! Our customers love the music, the staff always looks forward to having them, and the talent is unmatched!

Review by Jackie H.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on September 28, 2019From Lena, IL

Helen and David were absolutely wonderful to work with. They played for my grandmother's 100th birthday celebration and both are very talented musicians and vocalists. They are very pleasant to work with and accommodated my large family's request and needs. I highly recommend them.

Helen Avakian:

Hi Jackie, It was an honor for Dave and me to play for your Grandmother's 100th birthday celebration, and a pleasure to meet you and your family! Your grandmother has become a new role model for me. Thank you so much for having us! Warm and Best Wishes, Helen

Review by Annie T.

Holiday PartyReviewed on February 13, 2019From Madison, WI

Helen and Dave were a fantastic addition to our company holiday party. They were easy to communicate and work with, reasonably priced, played exceptionally well and the music selection was a pleasant mix of modern and classical songs. Our staff complimented the choice of musicians during and after the party was done.

Review by Taiwo O.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on October 25, 2018From Madison, WI

Helen was amazing! She is a champion for a reason. She brought a second guitarist and together they made sweet musical magic. They played a mix of familiar and new songs and were very lovely people in general. She is very accommodating and you will not be disappointed booking her.

Helen Avakian:

Thank you so much Taiwo! It was a pleasure to meet you and work with you! : ) Wishing you a Happy New Year and all the best! Helen

Review by Evan R.

Community EventReviewed on December 17, 2018From Edgerton, WI

Helen was so great to work with and was very accomodating to our needs. She showed up on time and set up in a timely manner. She even was willing to work with me to prepare some special material for our event! Her music was AWESOME! She is a very gifted guitar player and singer! Not only is her talent amazing but she was a huge hit with our crowd and everyone loved the song selection! I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs music for an event. You will not be disappointed!

Helen Avakian:

Thank you so much Evan! It was lovely to work with you and the Southern Wisconsin Guitar League!

Review by Sheila B.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on June 23, 2018From Lake Geneva, WI

Review by Karen J.

Community EventReviewed on May 10, 2018From Madison, WI

Helen was a perfect fit our our opening reception for our new art exhibition. We had lots of great feedback from our guests for her performance. She was easy to work with and great to work with. Would definitely have her come back for a future event at the museum.

Review by Adam A.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on October 28, 2017From Eastman, WI

Helen was great! She had plenty of communication leading up to our ceremony to make sure she knew any special requests, and even learned to sing a song for our service that she didn't already have in her repertoire. She arrived at the venue 2 hours prior to the event and was already set up before we arrived. Everything sounded great and the performance was wonderful. I wished I had a recording of all the songs she played since I was only able to hear her rehearsing during photos, and as I was walking people in. She also brought an additional musician to help round out her sound at no extra cost, and wanted to make sure that was OK. Thanks Helen!

Review by alexi m.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on October 14, 2017From Stoughton, WI

We worked with Helen's partner, Dave, for our wedding ceremony on 10/14/17. He did an amazing job! He was super accomodating to any songs that I chose and gave ideas as well. He did a fantastic job at our ceremony and we received so many compliments on what an awesome job he did. We would definitely recommend him!

Helen Avakian:

Helen sent me your lovely review! Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words, I appreciate your appreciation!! It was an honor to be a part of your amazing day, Helen and I always try our best to treat our clients like family. I'm so happy that everything went so well, and I truly wish you both the very best always!! Dave

Review by Amy F.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on September 3, 2017From Madison, WI

Accommodating, professional, and very talented! Received many compliments on our music choice.

Helen Avakian:

Hi Amy, Thank you very much for the lovely review! It was a pleasure and honor for Dave and me to play music for your wedding ceremony. Wishing you and Mike all the best! Helen

Review by Bridget W.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on September 2, 2017From Middleton, WI

If I could give more than 5's I would. She literally saved my wedding. I had musicians drop out two weeks before my ceremony and in a desperate attempt I messaged Helen. Not only did she respond right away to every email, but she was so helpful and even supplied a second guitarist. I didn't hear them until my rehearsal and I was blown away. I was so glad that my circumstances led me to her and I would hire her again in a heart beat. Talented, helpful, responsive, super nice, professional... she went above and beyond. My ceremony was beyond perfect! Hire her and you won't stress on your wedding day. 10 stars!

Helen Avakian:

Thank you so very much for the amazing review Bridget! It was a pleasure and honor for Dave and me to perform at your wedding, and we are so glad we could help you after your other musician fell through at the last minute. We too are grateful that circumstances put us together. Warm and Best Wishes, Helen

Review by Ann K.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on August 5, 2017From Madison, WI

I contracted with Helen to play for the ceremony of my out-of-state wedding. She communicated promptly, had lots of options and good suggestions for me and provided recordings of some of her pieces. She played beautifully for my garden wedding and I couldn't have been happier. I only wish I would have had her stay a little longer to play for the reception so I could have enjoyed more of her music. She was a delight to work with and a lovely woman.

Helen Avakian:

Hi Ann, It was lovely to meet you and Victor, and an honor to play classical guitar for your wedding ceremony! And thank you so very much for the wonderful review. Warm and Best Wishes, Helen

Review by Merie C.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on August 12, 2017From Woodstock, IL

Absolutely phenomenal. Helen is an amazing artist. Cannot say enough good things about her!

Helen Avakian:

Hi Merie, Thank you so very much for the wonderful review! It was lovely to meet you and your family and an honor for Dave and me to play guitar and sing for your daughter Lauren's wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Warm and Best Wishes, Helen

Review by Virginia H.

Cocktail PartyReviewed on November 12, 2016From Elkhorn, WI

If I could give 6 stars I would! Helen arrived appropriately early to setup and was ready to play on time. Her skills definately made for a fun evening. I would hire her again anytime. It was a real pleasure.

Review by Jennifer N.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on August 27, 2016From Green Lake, WI

Helen and Dave were absolutely incredible and added a very special musical touch to our wedding day. Helen was quick to respond to emails, and she was so accommodating. She communicated wonderfully, and all the songs we requested were played beautifully. She has an incredible voice, and she and her partner, Dave, truly made our wedding day so special. You will not be disappointed having Helen play for your special day.

Review by Brian K.

WeddingReviewed on June 11, 2016From Madison, WI

Helen Avakian's partner Dave Irwin was our acoustic guitarist who performed at our wedding event. Helen was performing in New York I believe so Dave played at our event. My husband and I were so incredibly pleased with Dave on all levels. He provided us with several song options. With days prior to our event we requested two songs he wasn't entirely familiar with but he mastered them in a matter of days and played them beautifully. He is very personable and professional. We received several complements from our guests about the music. We are very satisfied with Dave's work and would highly recommend him to everyone for any kind of event!

Review by Jodi L.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on May 29, 2016From Madison, WI

We couldn't be happier! This is a 5 star performer.

Review by Jillian D.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on April 30, 2016From Barrington, IL

Helen performed the song and classical pieces beautifully, was punctual and organized. She learned new material for our ceremony in the northwest suburbs. I would definitely recommend her to friends.

Review by Evin J.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on December 12, 2015From Oregon, WI

Working with Helen was a breeze. She learned our special songs and played them beautifully! Her and Dave (I think that's his name) got to the church, the day off, way early to discuss with our priest and to meet me, the bride. We received many compliments as well.

Review by Nicole B.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on August 22, 2015From Germantown, WI

Helen was amazing!! I sent her some YouTube videos of songs I liked and there was one she didn't already know and listened to the video, wrote out the notes by ear and played it beautifully for my wedding ceremony along with my other requests. I got so many compliments on how great the guitar player was. She is very talented and very professional, would HIGHLY recommend!

Review by Ashley R.

WeddingReviewed on August 8, 2015From Baraboo, WI

Helen was amazing and very accommodating when our ceremony ran late for last minute reasons. She learned specific songs for us for our processional and recessional which was wonderful! I had guests coming up to me all night telling me how perfect the music was! If you are looking for music for your wedding around Madison look no further!

Review by Valerie Z.

CelebrationReviewed on July 25, 2015From Madison, WI

I hired Helen to play outdoors for a reception for an art installation. Helen and her partner, Dave, were punctual, friendly, professional, and extremely talented. We had several pedestrians and bicyclists stopping on the side of the road to hear them play. I would recommend booking Helen to anyone looking for great talent at a reasonable price.