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.
Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.
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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
Great job, good communicator. Thank you, Maria.
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!
Maria is outstanding, perfect time, intonation and feel. plus the recording sounds great.
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.
Super professional! Gave me everything I needed and more very fast. I definitely recommend working with Maria!
An absolutely SOULFUL player! Cant wait to work with Maria again!
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.
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.
Maria added life to my score with her violin performance.
Maria did an excellent job. Her interpretation of the charts we provided was excellent. The quality of the recordings is superb.
Excellent speed, accuracy and creativity. Excellent work!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Maria is definitely a pro. I like her professionalism. Definitely come back for more
Will come back for more in future.
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.
MariaGrig is a total pro. Beautiful tracks and great ideas. The recording quality was also excellent. Highly recommended.
Worked on 2 instrumentals with her so far, both turned out better than I could've hoped. Responsive and really fast. Another great experience.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Exceptional as always - Trust her.
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.
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.
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.
Always a pleasure. Excited to continue working with her.
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.
Went above & beyond for her part on my track. Looking forward to working with her on future projects.
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.
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.
Nailed my composition, truly a 10/10 musician, thank you for being so talented !!
Absolutely amazing ! A very talented person and I cannot wait to work on another project and include her on it !
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
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: 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!
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: 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: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Online violin/viola/cello/string quartet/string quintet recordings and arrangements