I am a Russian violinist, Berklee Alumni and the winner of numerous international competitions who performs/arranges/composes music in many different styles. My experience includes performing and recording strings for songs, fashion shows, adverts, games and films. Working as an online musician for 4 years and have done more than 400 sessions.

I'm offering various gigs including real violin/viola/cello/string quartet/string quintet recordings/arrangements with various amount of takes for each part (solo or orchestral overdub). Can play written sheet music or improvise original part.

Gear highlights

  • AT4040
  • AT4081
  • Octava MKL5000 (valve)
  • Custom made Pre M31
  • Motu ultralite hybrid MK3
  • Pro Tools

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Typical turn-around is 3-5 days. Can deliver in 24 hours for little additional cost of 10$ (please contact in advance to see if I'm available for the specific date). A couple of revisions included.

Reviews of MariaGrig

  • Listing_thumb_img_0717-216 days agoby Verified Review

    An incredible musician. She really helped us get more out of the song! She's a pleasure to work with, great communicator, and very professional. HIGHLY recommend.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Maria is definitely a pro. I like her professionalism. Definitely come back for more

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  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Will come back for more in future.

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria is a very dedicated professional. Delivered with excellence and in time.
    I definetly recommend her. I am very happy with her contribution to the song.

  • Listing_thumb_hbm4 months agoby Verified Review

    MariaGrig is a total pro. Beautiful tracks and great ideas. The recording quality was also excellent. Highly recommended.

  • Listing_thumb_untitled-5565 months agoby Verified Review

    Worked on 2 instrumentals with her so far, both turned out better than I could've hoped. Responsive and really fast. Another great experience.

  • Listing_thumb_main_225 months agoby Verified Review

    Wanted some viola, violin parts for an electrnoc based song to make it sound totally unique and different. Maria delivered yet again and supplied more than I originally asked for, Maria always delivers and she never stops amazing me with the amount of work she does, can't wait for the next time.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria again performed great in my 2 song! It is the 2nd time I work with her and I am very impressed with her string quartet! It's not easy but she really have done an amazing job! She arranged the quartet for me and played beautifully!
    You should work with her if you have no idea on how the string quartet will be like in your songs!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria is truly a star!
    Her playing is powerful yet emotional.
    She is skillful and her turnaround is fast!
    Can't wait to start another job with her!

  • Listing_thumb_me6 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria has been a pleasure to work with. I contacted her for a cello track, and I ended up with an amazing cello + 3 violins high quality orchestration that set a wonderful touch to my song.

    Hiring Maria is a no-brainer if you are looking for a professional musician to take your track to the next level!

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    Another awesome gig from Maria!

    When it comes to string sessions musicians I have to admit she is the first person that comes in mind. Always doing a professional job in terms of playing and sound quality and always willing to make the extra step that will give you an even better result than the one you had in mind.

    Superb!

  • Listing_thumb_ryan_akwa7 months agoby Verified Review

    I was happy with the result ..I came to Maria just to add Cello and she even created a little violin section to enhance the emotions in the song ! She's very talented !Thanks U

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    Excellent! Maria delivered a flawless recording in terms of playing and sound quality. Took my ideas to the next step, I will definitely collaborate again with her!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    Another incredible job by Maria who went above and beyond to give me a full orchestra for the most challenging song on my upcoming album. Will hire her again and again. A rare talent.

  • Listing_thumb_meend28 months agoby Verified Review

    Exceptional as always - Trust her.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again, Maria went above and beyond bringing a simple but amazingly moving arrangement to a simple piano hymn. It might be the best song on the album now. Really pleased with her pathos and professionalism. Would use again in a heartbeat.

  • Listing_thumb_10385475_10102926399398975_5305235380936244013_n9 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria is awesome to work with! Super happy with her violin + viola performance on my track, and she records her gorgeous sounding instruments extremely well. Not only that, but she provides options for the mix with her instrumentals. Highly recommended and will definitely use her services again.

  • Listing_thumb_10385475_10102926399398975_5305235380936244013_n9 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria is awesome to work with! Super happy with her violin + viola performance on my track, and she records her gorgeous sounding instruments extremely well. Not only that, but she provides options for the mix with her instrumentals as well! Highly recommended and will definitely use her services again.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Always a pleasure. Excited to continue working with her.

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria really added finesse and beauty to my song and gave it the pathos is needed. She's meticulous and professional. Will definitely be using her in the future.

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review

    Went above & beyond for her part on my track. Looking forward to working with her on future projects.

  • Listing_thumb_meend210 months agoby Verified Review

    With minimal input from me, Maria was able to record exactly what I needed and was open to any requests I had. Very skilled, amazing recording quality and good communication. Can't wait to work with her again.

  • Listing_thumb_main_2211 months agoby Verified Review

    Maria was brilliant to work with, very quick turnaround and respected any changes or amendments that I asked for, which wasn't many as first take was spot on and hope to work with her again on other tracks.

  • Listing_thumb_screen_shot_2016-05-05_at_2.05.30_pm7 months agoby

    Absolutely amazing ! A very talented person and I cannot wait to work on another project and include her on it !

  • Listing_thumb_untitled-5568 months agoby

    One of my favorite people to work with. Adds life and a certain charm to all of my music. A pleasure to collaborate with

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Interview with MariaGrig

What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
David Garrett, Stephan Grappelli, Hans Zimmer, Joshua Bell, Miri Ben-Ari
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
I've recorded my orchestral piece at Warner brothers studio. My role was composer/orchestrator/editor/conductor/strings player. Simply an amazing experience!
What are you working on at the moment?
Fashion show for Polina Raudson fashion house and touring with Neoclassica ensemble.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I am VOCAL. This guy is the best! Very creative and inspiring to work with.
Analog or digital and why?
Analog in dreams. Digital in reality.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do my best to make you happy with the result! Any suggestions and changes desired will be done!
What do you like most about your job?
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.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Please feel free to get in touch and don't hesitate to ask any questions!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Violin, macbook pro, motu soundcard, AT4081 mic and mic stand
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Playing violin/viola for more than 20 years. Composing&arranging for around 15 years.
How would you describe your style?
Emotional with passion
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
With everyone who believes in strings power
Can you share one music production tip?
I'm doing sessions almost every day and creating recording templates is just the best time saver ever. Do it!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Songs in pop/rock/indie styles, acoustic songs, cinematic orchestral scores/soundstracks, classical
What's your strongest skill?
Arrangement and violin/viola playing
What do you bring to a song?
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.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I've got 3 mics for slightly different sound options 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.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Online violin/viola/cello/string quartet/string quintet recordings and arrangements