Gemini Strings was founded in 2014 by Laurann and Chris. The group original started out as OC String Ensemble and has since then changed the name to Gemini Strings. The name Gemini was chosen because shortly after becoming good friends, Laurann and Chris realized they had the same birthday of June 1. Gemini Strings is focused on providing the highest quality of music for our guests and maintaining a modern and versatile repertoire.
The musicians of Gemini Strings are some of the highest trained and most sought after professionals in the industry. They work and perform for companies such as Disney, Universal, and Nickelodeon. They have played with artists such as the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Lindsey Stirling, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Pentatonix, X Ambassadors, Bastille, Halsey, CeeLo Green, Iggy Azalea, Deadmau5, Nas, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire and many more. In addition, they have recorded for and performed on many different television broadcasts/movies/and commercials including American Idol, The Voice, The Ellen Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, the MTV Music Awards, the Grammy's, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Little Big Shots, Modern Family, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, SyFy's Face Off, MTV's Awkward, and Nickelodeon's School of Rock, just to name a few! Most recently, members from Gemini Strings performed with Lady Gaga for her Las Vegas jazz residency!
Meet some of our musicians...
Chris Smith || Co-Owner/Arranger/Manager
Chris is the co-owner and founder of Gemini Strings. He is also our manager and arranger and you can hear many of his arrangements of modern songs performed at our events! Chris has had extensive experience working as a full-time manager and coordinator for multiple 5-star, luxury hotels over the years. His experience from this has given him the knowledge and communication skills needed in order to understand our guests needs and provide the highest quality of service. He currently manages a 5-star hotel in Beverly Hills in addition to his work with Gemini Strings.
Laurann Woods || Co-Owner/Violin/Viola/Arranger
Laurann has been playing the violin since the age of eight. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in Violin Performance in 2014. She has performed and recorded with many artists including the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Lindsey Stirling, X Ambassadors, Deadmau5, Jon Batiste and many more. You can hear her playing in many commercials and TV broadcasts including Hulu's The Handmaids Tale, The Late Late Show with James Corden, 'A World Unseen', the documentary for the feature film 'The Revenant',Syfy's Face Off, MTV's Awkward, and many commercials. She performs regularly for Disney as the fiddler in The Bootstrappers Pirate Band and with the Candlelight Orchestra. She has also performed at Universal Studios. She is the lead musician/arranger and co-owner of Gemini Strings. Laurann has arranged music for a choreography by Travis Wall from 'So You Think You Can Dance', the 'Grove Worship Album' by Tully Wilkinson and 'The Garden EP' by Peter Guinta. Outside of music, Laurann loves to hang out with her friends, family, and little dog, Hank.
Stephanie Moorehouse || Assistant Manager/Violin
Stephanie Moorehouse recieved her Bachelor’s in violin performance at the University of Texas at Arlington and her MFA in violin performance from California Institute of the Arts. Her teachers have been Dr. Martha Walvoord, Loren Laing, and Lorenz Gamma. During her time in California, Stephanie has performed for artists like: Andrea Bocelli, Lindsey Stirling, Shahkar, Jake Mai, and Michael Card. Stephanie has performed under the baton of: John Debney, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Mark Isham, Christopher Lennertz, Joel McNeely, Diego Navarro, John Powell, Brian Tyler, David Newman, Richard Sherman, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams. As a previous Suzuki student herself, Stephanie is very passionate about Suzuki method and training. Recently, Stephanie has recieved SAA training from Ed Kreitman and Sarah Montzka. Along with running her private violin studio, Stephanie has performed with: Disneyland, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony, and San Bernardino Symphony.
Kiara Ana Perico || Violin/Viola
Kiara Ana Perico is a violist and violinist based in Los Angeles. She has toured nationally with Adele, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bleu, Air Traffic Controller and Vinnie Ferra and internationally with Ariana Grande and Yoshiki of X-Japan. Kiara has also played live with artists including Gwen Stefani, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, David Foster, Josh Groban, Richard Marx, Kenny Loggins, Eric Benet, Alexz Johnson, Ty Taylor, Adam Pascal, Rumer Willis and Marco Antonio Solis. She has recorded for inspiring artists like John Oates, Chris Mann, Robert DeLong, Steel Panther, Megan and Liz, Bleu, Helen Austin, Linus of Hollywood, Kato and the Ellis Allis and Kelley Jackle. Kiara enjoys playing intimate venues as well as world-class arenas, as long as she’s surrounded by inspiring musicians and great friends. Kiara holds her Bachelors of Viola Performance from Boston University’s School of Music.
Chris Woods || Violin/Viola
After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts for high school then
graduating from the Manhattan School of Music he moved to Los Angeles, where he was soon to become one of the most sought-after violinists in the city. Though trained in classical music, he learned to play different styles, from rock to hip-hop to electronic to jazz. He has worked with some of the top artists in the world, including Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Clay Aiken, Faith Evans, Outkast, Rickie Byers-Beckwith, the Black Eyed Peas, Pentatonix, Demi Lovato, and Dr. Dre. He performs around the world, most recently being featured at the prestigious Ortiz Festival in Mexico. He has served as concertmaster of the Southeast Symphony, Center Stage Opera, is the recipient of numerous awards, and has performed on such shows as American Idol, America's Got Talent, the Grammys, the American Music Awards, as well as shows on MTV, VHI, NBC, CBS, and has worked as a music consultant for the television shows ER and The Big Bang Theory. He served as concertmaster at the Hollywood Bowl for the release of Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed series “Band of Brothers.” He has been featured in two national commercials, one for GE, and one for Weight Watchers, in which he plays violin alongside American Idol winner and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. He recently guest starred in the popular children’s show The Fresh Beat Band on Nickelodeon. He is well known for his dynamic performing style, technical prowess, and soulful playing.
Chrysanthe Tan || Violin/Viola
Chrysanthe Tan is a composer, violinist, and singer-songwriter who performs contemporary classical, electroacoustic chamber pop, Cambodian, and Greek folk music. Named an ASCAP Spotlight composer in 2015, her work has been performed in places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center, New Orleans Heritage Fest, and US Embassy in Cambodia. As a violinist, Chrysanthe has toured internationally, recorded, and performed with artists like Ariana Grande, Paul Anka, Halsey, Alicia Keys, and Bastille, and performed on TV shows like Glee and America’s Next Top Model. She also has a guitar-violin duo called Duo Meranti. Chrysanthe earned her Master’s in Composition and Violin Performance at California Institute of the Arts and her B.A. in English & Creative Writing at Stanford University.
Madeline Falcone || Violin/Viola
Madeline Falcone is a Los Angeles-based violinist, violist, and producer, most recently featured as a soloist on acoustic and electric violin for the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation’s Rising Artists series. Madeline has performed and recorded with artists including The Eagles, Deltron 3030, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Temptations, Jóhann Jóhannsson.
Luis Mascaro || Violin
Los Angeles based violinist Luis Mascaro is a keen believer in musical diversity. Natural from Brazil, Luis initiated his music studies at the age of 8, studying classical violin at the local conservatoire in his hometown named Campinas. Soon after, Luis started his academic studies, holding a double bachelor and double Master’s degree in both classical and jazz from Campinas State University (UNICAMP), University of Southern Mississippi, and University of New Mexico. Luis has performed and toured in theaters and arenas all over the Americas and Europe, with artists such as German conductor Kurt Masur (recording Mahler’s 1st Symphony under his baton), Dave Grusin, Vardan Ovsepian, The Foo Fighters, John Paul Jones, Ricky Scaggs, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, X-Ambassadors, Nate Ruess, Transiberian Orchestra, Cheap Trick, and many others. In 2015-16, Luis was the solo violinist for Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi, touring North, Central, and South America. Luis is currently performing with renowned jazz singer Gretchen Parlato, and his own world/fusion band Farofa, among other projects.
Lacy Rostyak - Violin/Viola
Violinist Lacy Rostyak is a professional violinist in the Los Angeles area, ranging from studio session work to live work. She was born and raised in New Hebron, Mississippi (pop. 447), and began playing the violin at age three. She went on to play dozens of performances and concertos and win many awards, competitions and scholarships. An accomplished classical, pop, country/folk and contemporary violinist, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She has performed for Mississippi Governor Kirk Fordice’s Inaugural Festivities at the Mansion; at REDCAT (The Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theatre in downtown Los Angeles); on several television shows (The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Mississippi Morning, PBS), and for Shania Twain’s music video “Don’t Be Stupid.” She has also had the honor of performing for former President George W. Bush. Not only is Lacy a classically trained violinist, but she is also an improviser, electric violinist, and specializes in country fiddle. She has performed all over Las Vegas, Mexico City, New Mexico, Nashville, and Oman. Recent performances include performing with Iggy Azalea, Jon Brion, DJ sensation Erick Morillo at Club Avalon, Rock The Bells hip-hop festival with Deltron3030, and with Persian pop star Andy Madadian at the Greek Theatre. She tours regularly with SAGA Strings, Bella Electric Strings, Gloria Trevi and many more.
Emily Lenck || Violin
Emily Lenck is an active studio musician, performer, and teacher in the Los Angeles area. A native of Florida, Emily received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida. She continued her studies as a graduate teaching assistant to violin professor, Lina Bahn, at the University of Colorado at Boulder earning a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. With over 16 years of experience, Emily has been able to play with many artists in varying genres and venues. She has performed with Coolio at Chyna’s memorial service, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Florida tour, Cirque Du Soleil at the Honda Center, John Debney Jungle Book live performance, Reza Sadeghi at the Nokia Theater, Andrea Bocelli at the Dolby Theater, Total Divas TV wedding ceremony, and many more. As a studio musician, she has recorded for many movies, video games, and albums, including a Sphero Star Wars commercial. Emily also enjoys performing covers of popular music, having most recently toured the Caribbean on a cruise ship playing in a violin and vocal/guitar acoustic duo.
Korina Davis - Violin/Viola
Korina (Korie) Davis began playing the violin at five years old. She studied, performed and competed around the Bay Area throughout her childhood and later attended high school at Oakland School for the Arts where she continued intensive musical training and performing in classical music as well as other genres. In 2011, she began attending Fullerton College where she was concertmaster in the college symphony for 2 years. In 2013, she began attending the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, a part of California State University, Long Beach, where she studied violin performance. In the past few years, Korina has performed in Italy and South Korea, played on the soundtrack of the award-winning independent film "Waiting in the Wings: The Musical", and performed with the band Bastille on the Ellen deGeneres show. Korina is currently finishing obtaining her Master's degree in Violin Performance from the Berklee School of Music in Spain.
Leah Metzler - Cello
Leah Metzler is an active performer and recording artist as both a solo and orchestral player. Her work can be heard on the scores of numerous movies, television series, albums, and commercials. In her two most recent TV appearances, Leah can be seen performing with Jeff Lynne, Ed Sheeran, and Electric Light Orchestra at the 2015 Grammys and with Tyler, The Creator on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Stevie Wonder, John Williams, The Wu Tang Clan, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster, Alan Silvestri, Deltron 3030, Cold War Kids, John Debney, Danny Elfman, Bruce Broughton, Alien Ant Farm, Meg Myers, Brian Wilson, and Frank Ocean. In 2014 Leah went on a world tour of 10 different countries with the Japanese super star Yoshiki. Leah holds her B.M. in cello performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she studied with cellist Darrett Adkins. She received her M.M. in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with former member of the Kronos Quartet, Jennifer Culp.
Emily Elkin || Cello
Emily is a classically trained cellist with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. She is a freelance recording artist, a private instructor, and also works at a program called Spectrum Laboratory which teaches music and songwriting to young people with autism. She is also a cellist/vocalist of the LA based band LA River Bend. She currently lives in Los Angeles and was most recently seen performing with Halsey, Lindsey Stirling, Elvis Perkins, Chad and Jeremy, and Thee Oh Sees, Her playing can be heard in many film scores and national commercials.
Connor Bogenreif || Cello
Connor Bogenreif has received comprehensive training in performance, studying under Joon Sung Jun, Laszlo Mezo, Jacob Braun, Roger Lebow, Ian McKinnell, and Charles Baker. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University and went on to complete his Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. Connor has performed extensively as an orchestral and chamber musician, as well as a soloist having performed in venues around the U.S. and Europe. Connor is a champion for new music, having collaborated with several composers on works newly written for him, in addition to recording for scores written for film and media. Connor has also performed as a part of the Hear Now Music Festival alongside members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In conjunction with being an active performing artist, Connor also holds a position with the Long Beach Symphony, teaches cello students privately, and coaches orchestras at schools throughout the area.