I am a string player and arranger, Berklee Alumni and the winner of international competitions who works in many different styles. My experience includes performing and recording strings for artists around the globe, fashion shows, adverts, video games and films. Working as an online musician for 10 years and have done more than 3000 sessions.
I'm offering various gigs including real violin/viola/double bass/string quartet/string quintet recordings/arrangements with various amount of takes for each part (solo or orchestral overdub). Can play written sheet music, improvise original part or arrange and record the whole section for any style.
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191 Reviews - 54 Repeat ClientsEndorse MariaGrig
Another perfectly written and recorded violin part. Maria performs the highest compliment your work could receive.
Maria was excellent to work with! Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is super responsive and quick to finish exactly what was needed for the project.
Can’t wait to hear her solo throughout the piece, and of course, the section work was fantastic. She plays with a lot of emotion, and you can hear that in the final stems she sent.
I will absolutely reach out to her again in the future of strings are needed!
Maria is an excellent musician. She delivered what I'd asked for on the first pass and on the date she promised it. She's the best!
I've lost track of how many times I've used Maria as a violinist. Four or five, I think? This time she was not immediately available, but I'm so glad I waited until she was! Always a pleasure to receive her professional playing and professional quality audio!
It was a pleasure working with Maria, her performance on my track was excellent, and she delivered all files on time. She does fantastic work, I would recommend her to anyone!
Maria's playing is truly exceptional. Her 'gypsy-style' expression (as requested) was flawless, both in terms of melodic interpretation and overall delivery. With just the right amount of tremelo and slide notes, she really brought the piece to life and made it her own. Outstanding.
Another beautiful violin accompaniment from Maria. She is very gracious and easy to work with. Always a pleasure.
What can I say? Another beautiful part for my piano piece. Maria intuitively gives the part just what it needs, never over or under played. She delivered the part on time and an excellent recording.
Super talented, efficient and very responsive ! Maria nailed it on the first take - Looking forward to add more violins with Maria on my next songs !
Maria is a true professional and extremely talented strings player. I cannot speak highly enough of her work as it truly took my project to another level. Thank you!
Amazing artist. She delivered a beautiful string section for me exactly like I asked for. Many thanks
Beautiful playing and high quality recording
Maria is the best!
New collaboration with Maria.
Perfect work again!
Beautiful playing, as always! Exactly what I needed for this song.
I can't say enough about Maria's music and her professionalism.
It humbles me.
Maria is very easy too work with. She is very accomodating and put down the track I'd hoped for. I couldn't ask for more. She sent the track earlier than promised as well. Looking forward to working with her again.
Another perfect job by Maria!
Another excellent job from Maria! Will certainly use again.
As always, amazing play and creativity! Love working with Maria!
Interview with MariaGrig
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to the song and try to envision what type of strings will fit better and what needs to be done in terms of arranging. Then I'll start arranging the general strings idea and then work on details. Every part of the process will be confirmed with the client and any changes will be applied. Whenever we are ready with arranging I'll move on to the recording.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: David Garrett, Stephan Grappelli, Hans Zimmer, Joshua Bell, Miri Ben-Ari
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've recorded my orchestral piece at Warner brothers studio. My role was composer/orchestrator/editor/conductor/strings player. Simply an amazing experience!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got many mics for slightly different sound options AKG414, AT4040, AT4081, Octava MKL5000 (valve mic). My preamp is custom made and is called M31. I'm using Pro Tools and Motu Ultralite Hybrid MK3 sound card. Everything you hear on my soundcloud was recorded with this setup.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love staying at home and working on different styles and for different parts of the world every day! I love to bring something new to the song.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: C: Could you add strings do my song? Me: YES! C: How many strings do you think it needs? Me: It depends on your expectations. If you want the song to sound intimate it can be a solo instrument. If you want an orchestral effect I would recommend and arrangement of 1st&2nd violins and violas or a string quartet.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The only misconception (but a good one really) is that customers think it's magic. However it's a skill which just took many many years to get developed.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I'm asking for any kind of guide. Just a few words on what they'd like to get from me, what they think their song needs. If there's no guide I can suggest my own ideas. The bpm (if it exists) and the desired format as well.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please feel free to get in touch and don't hesitate to ask any questions!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Violin, macbook pro, motu soundcard, AT4081 mic and mic stand
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Playing violin/viola for more than 20 years. Composing&arranging for around 15 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Emotional with passion
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: With everyone who believes in strings power
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I'm doing sessions almost every day and creating recording templates is just the best time saver ever. Do it!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Songs in pop/rock/indie styles, acoustic songs, cinematic orchestral scores/soundstracks, classical
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arrangement and violin/viola playing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: It depends on the song. I'm trying to hear what the song is asking for. Most of my clients think that my strings add depth/dramatic effect/big orchestral impact or something more intimate/atmospheric.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Online violin/viola/cello/string quartet/string quintet recordings and arrangements
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Fashion show for Polina Raudson fashion house and touring with Neoclassica ensemble.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am VOCAL. This guy is the best! Very creative and inspiring to work with.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog in dreams. Digital in reality.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to make you happy with the result! Any suggestions and changes desired will be done!