Violinist, violist, arranger

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MariaGrig on SoundBetter

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.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

92 Reviews - 28 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Vitali
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    I had an amazing experience with Maria. Her work and style was exquisite, and all the changes she proposed improved the final song considerably. I definitely recommend her for all your strings needs, as I'm sure she'll do an incredible job.

  2. Review by Mark S.
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    A true professional, very happy to work with her on several other projects too. Amazingly talented lady, could not recommend more highly enough!

  3. Review by Tim
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    Really professional, very easy to work with and very responsive also to what I needed. I will definitely be working with Maria for future projects! Oh and most importantly of course, her playing and recordings for my project was beautiful :) Thanks Maria!

  4. Review by Roy L.
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    It has been a great pleasure working with Maria. Maria is a true professional. Easy to communicate with, very quick to respond and a killer violin player. Also the recording quality was just excellent!
    I'll definitely come back again!

  5. Review by Nick G.
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    Maria delivered another exceptionally good and highly distinctive performance. I always appreciate her professionalism, her playing and the fact that she provides a preview of the final before recording. Until next time...

  6. Review by Nick G.
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    Maria did a cool little scratch track on a piece I wouldn't typically ask for strings on it. Only she could pull it off. Always the best!

  7. Review by Ania W.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Maria. She was listening to my ideas and incorporated them into the arrangement. I am very happy with her work.

  8. Review by Nick G.
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    Maria created and performed another exceptionally good and evocative piece for a very sweet song. 10 of 5 stars. She never misses. Such a joy to work with a great talent like Maria.

  9. Review by Nick G.
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    Maria did a wonderful job of string arranging and playing on this song. She has played strings on numerous songs of mine and has never disappointed - always brilliant.

  10. Review by Dylan B.
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    Maria did an incredible job and was very nice to work with, as well as very quick to deliver. I definitely recommand her! I hope to work with her again in the future! :)

  11. Review by Nick G.
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    I am running out of accolades for Maria - mainly because there just aren't enough. She did an excellent arrangement and superb playing on this ethnic pop fusion single. Perfect in every way.

  12. Review by Nick G.
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    Maria is incredibly good at what she does. In this case, she composed, arranged and played strings as part of an ensemble. Her and her team's work elevated my song to a completely different and better level. Five stars as usual.

  13. Review by Peter L.
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    Maria is a very knowledgeable and talented violinist. I worked with her on two songs, and her violin playing was excellent.

  14. Review by Peter L.
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    Maria, is very talented, helpful, quick and has a great recording set up. She provided violin solos on my song, and pretty much nailed it the first time.

    Thanks Maria!

  15. Review by David A. Molina
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    Maria was fast and nailed the part. Excellent violinist. Definitely look forward to working with her again in the near future.

  16. Review by Tommy M.
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    Maria is a great communicator and very talanted artist. She will take your project to the next level of creativity, emotion, and passion. Message her for your next project ASAP!

  17. Review by Evan M.
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    Maria is a fantastic violinist. She's super organized and delivers quality performances each take. I highly recommend working with her!

  18. Review by Ramgopal K.
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    Maria gave a beautiful rendition for the climax of the movie I worked on. Been working with her for 8 project s now. Will continue to work with her.

  19. Review by Thea
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    Wonderful Playing, Professional Recordings, very quick and easy to communicate with.
    Amazing value for money.

  20. Review by Lee Y.
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    excellent quality and adhere to deadlines

  21. Review by Gabriele Cento
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    I asked Maria to record some viola track for a song of mine. She delivererd a perfect recording and very tasteful tracks played with sensibility.. Highly recommended!!

  22. Review by Daniel R.
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    This is my second time working with MariaGrig. She is the best! She delivered beautifully recorded violin and viola parts right on time (using both a ribbon and condenser mic for mixing optionality). For this project I asked her to record one improvised track (in addition to the part I had charted) and it is far better than the melody lines I had provided her. I can't wait to work with her again.

  23. Review by Arpit G.
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    Maria is awesome to work with. Talented, creative and punctual. Highly recommended!

  24. Review by Mirosław J.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Maria, very professional and wonderful artist.

  25. Review by David C.
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    Maria was fantastic to work with. Great quality performance, recordings delivered quickly and well within the budget. Even provided multiple takes and microphone positions - she really went above and beyond to deliver the best! Will be returning for future violin recordings for sure.

  26. Review by Ramgopal K.
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    Maria gave a very good performance in a quartet arrangement. I will work again with her.

  27. Review by Jordan A.
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    Maria coming through again with the strings for a track! Fast delivery as well. Thanks Maria xo

  28. Review by Sylvia N.
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    Wonderful violin parts from Maria! So grateful!

  29. Review by Mark R.
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    Very talented violinist. Great performance and the recording was very professional. Maria took some of our rough ideas, polished them up and gave us some great tracks to finish our song. Highly recommended.

  30. Review by Sylvia N.
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    Maria did an amazing job interpreting and bringing my music to life! She arranged the strings perfectly and captured more than what I asked for! Looking forward to working with her again!! Thank you so much, Maria!

  31. Review by Netanel S.
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    Amazing job and great service once again! Thanks Maria!

  32. Review by Steven C.
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    Full marks on Performance, Recording and file transfers. Professional, pleasant and generous with Alternative/Variations on parts. You will be in safe hands.

  33. Review by Ramgopal K.
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    Maria provided me with an amazing performance and a beautiful string section for the Chorus of my song. It elevated the song multiple folds.
    Stunned by her musicality and artistry. _/\_

  34. Review by Davin H.
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    It's always a pleasure to work with Maria. She plays in different styles and moods and always maps out her arrangements in Midi before committing great tracks to the final composition. We will definitely be working together again.

  35. Review by Jordan A.
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    Maria not only provided me what I needed for my track, she went above and beyond recording parts on both dynamic and condenser mics so I could have my choice of what sounded better!

    Highly recommend Maria, super easy to work with

  36. Review by Ramgopal K.
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    Maria added soul to the String parts in my song. She also gave an alternate style for the last repetition of the chorus which gave a great cadence to the flow. Will definitely work again with her.

  37. Review by Matthew C.
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    Maria is an excellent musician who you can trust to provide a great performance along with perfect recording quality.

  38. Review by Florian S.
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    Maria did a great job, her playing is very precise with a pristine audio quality and it was super easy to work together. Will work again with her with no doubt!

  39. Review by Paul W.
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    She’s very patient and onto the point when revisions. Also amazing quality at amazing price!

  40. Review by Sylvia N.
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    Incredible musicianship. I love what she brought to my piece! So grateful and will definitely work with her again!

  41. Review by Brian K.
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    I love what Maria came up with. Sound so good and she was super easy to work with. Thank you, Maria!

  42. Review by Brian K.
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    Strings sound great! Love what you came up with. The whole process was super easy. Thanks so much, Maria.

  43. Review by Jon R.
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    Absolutely beautiful sound. Very easy to deal with and really happy with the result. Thanks Maria!

  44. Review by Jon Prezant
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    Maria is extremely talented. She did amazing work for a song of mine and I couldn't be happier. Amazing sound quality as well.

  45. Review by Markus S.
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    Maria is awesome, I highly recommend her!

  46. Review by Mathew
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    Maria is great!
    She's definitely our new "go to for" strings!

  47. Review by Sean P.
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    How can you complain about perfection, seriously!!

    Maria is amazing on all levels, great recording, amazing playing, amazing communication.

    100% CLASS ACT ALL AROUND!!!!

    Her playing helped get our album to #2 on the international top 100 chart.

    Maria you are a great musical gift to this world, thank you soooo much!

  48. Review by Jim A.
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    MariaGrig plays Beautifully !!!! She added more emotion to my song, Exactly what I was looking for!!!!!!!!!. She was great to work with, She took my song to another level of emotion.

    Thanks again you play beautifully, Good luck with your

  49. Review by Wallace G.
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    Great job, good communicator. Thank you, Maria.

  50. Review by Max S.
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    Maria is brilliant. It is great to have her contribute to my music. She is so easy to work with and a very talented, creative musician!

  51. Review by Fridolin N.
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    Maria is outstanding, perfect time, intonation and feel. plus the recording sounds great.

  52. Review by Sean P.
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    WOW
    Seriously amazing attention to detail, accuracy, communication and clarity of purpose.

    Elegant playing, as if she played the track direct from my mind!

    Maria's work is a dream for a producer.

    Maria is on the very top of our A list for "go-to" violin players.

  53. Review by Netanel S.
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    Super professional! Gave me everything I needed and more very fast. I definitely recommend working with Maria!

  54. Review by Joe Dexter
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    An absolutely SOULFUL player! Cant wait to work with Maria again!

  55. Review by Richard R.
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    Maria graciously worked with me to make sure that my written parts would not cause any issues, and we were able to proceed with minimal alterations. As before, she performed everything with exceptional taste and skill, and did not hesitate to respectfully communicate with me at each step. I highly recommend any of her services.

  56. Review by Max S.
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    I cannot recommend Maria highly enough. She creatively added to my track in an original and unexpected way. She is a very skilled musician and so easy to work with.

  57. Review by Ramgopal K.
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    Maria added life to my score with her violin performance.

  58. Review by Plus A Management
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    Maria did an excellent job. Her interpretation of the charts we provided was excellent. The quality of the recordings is superb.

  59. Review by Tre C.
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    Excellent speed, accuracy and creativity. Excellent work!

  60. Review by Jade A.
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    Maria is truly gifted and knows how to interpret a song and arrange strings to fit the mood. She did a spectacular job on my song; and also provided high quality WAV files from two separate mics (a close mic and room mic) and she layered the strings to give me the mood I was wanting. Excellent service and most importantly, stellar musicianship.

  61. Review by Richard R.
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    Maria truly amazed me with the excellent work which she did in performing the string parts to my song. She interpreted and performed the parts with musicality and control. I did not expect to find a performer who would invest so much care and attention into my music given my budget, but Maria exceeded all such expectations.

  62. Review by Brian H.
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    Maria is an excellent writer and musician. I am so thrilled with the track that she recorded for our song. I hope to work with her again in the future and would recommend her without hesitation to anyone looking to add strings to a project.

  63. Review by Milton C.
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    Nice Work

  64. Review by Sherriff C.
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    MariaGrid is the best to help me working on my project. She provided violin idea with many options and willing to listen to my direction and requirement. I really enjoy to work with her and those violin melody she created helps a lot. If you looking to add string/violin to your project. Maria is the best one ! A+++ Thank you again MariaGrig!

  65. Review by Imperial Production
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    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.

  66. Review by Dat T.
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    Maria is definitely a pro. I like her professionalism. Definitely come back for more

    Dat

  67. Review by Ying M.
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    Will come back for more in future.

  68. Review by Adriano
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    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.

  69. Review by Daniel R.
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    MariaGrig is a total pro. Beautiful tracks and great ideas. The recording quality was also excellent. Highly recommended.

  70. Review by KT (Merciall Sound)
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    Worked on 2 instrumentals with her so far, both turned out better than I could've hoped. Responsive and really fast. Another great experience.

  71. Review by Andrew Ellison (Eltronn)
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    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.

  72. Review by Katherine
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    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!

  73. Review by Katherine
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    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!

  74. Review by Juan V.
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    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!

  75. Review by Spyros B.
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    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!

  76. Review by Ryan A.
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    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

  77. Review by Spyros B.
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    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!

  78. Review by Davin H.
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    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.

  79. Review by Faisal B.
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    Exceptional as always - Trust her.

  80. Review by Davin H.
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    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.

  81. Review by Abhi M.
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    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.

  82. Review by Abhi M.
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    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.

  83. Review by Michael H.
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    Always a pleasure. Excited to continue working with her.

  84. Review by Davin H.
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    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.

  85. Review by Michael H.
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    Went above & beyond for her part on my track. Looking forward to working with her on future projects.

  86. Review by Faisal B.
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    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.

  87. Review by Andrew Ellison (Eltronn)
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    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.

  88. Review by Tyler H.
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    Maria recorded an excellent string part for my song. Her recordings and performances are very clean and precise. I would definitely work with her again when I need real strings in my pop songs.

  89. Review by Sean P.
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    Just an update, the album that Maria played on for us stayed at #1 on the chart for three months and has been on the chart for almost a year now. Her playing has been noted as being brilliant by reviewers. Thanks again Maria!

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    Nailed my composition, truly a 10/10 musician, thank you for being so talented !!

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

  92. Review by KT (Merciall Sound)
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    One of my favorite people to work with. Adds life and a certain charm to all of my music. A pleasure to collaborate with

Interview with MariaGrig

  1. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  2. A: David Garrett, Stephan Grappelli, Hans Zimmer, Joshua Bell, Miri Ben-Ari

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: I've recorded my orchestral piece at Warner brothers studio. My role was composer/orchestrator/editor/conductor/strings player. Simply an amazing experience!

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: Fashion show for Polina Raudson fashion house and touring with Neoclassica ensemble.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: I am VOCAL. This guy is the best! Very creative and inspiring to work with.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: Analog in dreams. Digital in reality.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: I will do my best to make you happy with the result! Any suggestions and changes desired will be done!

  13. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  14. 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.

  15. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  16. 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.

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. 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.

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. 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.

  21. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  22. A: Please feel free to get in touch and don't hesitate to ask any questions!

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Violin, macbook pro, motu soundcard, AT4081 mic and mic stand

  25. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  26. A: Playing violin/viola for more than 20 years. Composing&arranging for around 15 years.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: Emotional with passion

  29. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  30. A: With everyone who believes in strings power

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: I'm doing sessions almost every day and creating recording templates is just the best time saver ever. Do it!

  33. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  34. A: Songs in pop/rock/indie styles, acoustic songs, cinematic orchestral scores/soundstracks, classical

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Arrangement and violin/viola playing

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. 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.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. 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.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Online violin/viola/cello/string quartet/string quintet recordings and arrangements

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  • Stéphane Grappelli
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Joshua Bell
Gear Highlights
  • AKG414
  • AT4040
  • AT4081
  • Octava MKL5000 (valve)
  • Custom made Pre M31
  • Motu ultralite hybrid MK3
  • Pro Tools
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