Joe Zeitlin

Cello & Strings

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Principal chair in Oscar® -nominated soundtrack "Jackie" (Mica Levi), and many other sessions: Bryan Tyler, Jonny Greenwood, Jeffery Lewis, Aphex Twin, Johnny Flynn, Floating Points. I was a member of a professional string quartet for many years, performing regularly at London's Wigmore Hall as well as other esteemed concert halls worldwide.

I have extensive experience in recording and performing music from all genres. My string quartet was an international prize-winning ensemble. At the same time I also produce electronic music for commercials, play in a folk band and have participated in many different projects, from John Cage performances in warehouses to a remote orchestra concert with Aphex Twin, to morning coffee concert recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, International concert Hall Beijing, Snape Matings and at BBC Proms. I also play regularly with Philharmonia Orchestra, London.

All of this varied experience puts me in a great position to understand what your music requires.

Session experience includes Principal chair in Oscar® -nominated soundtrack "Jackie" (Mica Levi) The Last Czars (Netflix), Bryan Tyler, Johnny Flynn, Patrick Wolf, Jeffery Lewis, Jonny Greenwood, Aphex Twin, Floating Points.

I also offer full string sections, with wonderful colleagues I have played with over the years. At this time, I can only offer the recording of your parts/arrangements for full strings (violin, viola, cello) as opposed to creating an arrangement from scratch. If its just cello arrangements you are after I can do this no problem. Please enquire about this if you are looking for strings on your music.

Get in touch via the 'contact' button above - I'd love to hear from you.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

35 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Dhrubo G.
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    In my first song, Joe played such beautiful cello pieces that I returned to work with him again. This time for two songs, that were completely different genres (heavy metal) than the first song (indie rock). Again Joe was instantly able to connect with the emotion of the songs, even though he did not understand the lyrics of the songs (they were not written in English).

    That shows that Joe is a versatile cello player, able to play a range of different styles and able to express so many different emotions by his cello pieces.

    Thank you so much Joe. It was an honour to work with you again.

  2. Review by Poco R.
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    I am so glad we finally finished this one. I started it last year and had to rearrange for an upcoming event. Then I restarted and now it is complete. Thanks to God for hooking me up with a talented cellist. I appreciate this wonderful musician

  3. Review by Paul K.
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    Joe & Co. are as good as it gets. Emotional and beautiful played, high quality tracks. Go with Joe and look no further -- I know that our band won't.

  4. Review by Daniel B.
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    Joe is a talented and multidimensional musician. He not only is a virtuoso cellist but he is an excellent interpreter of the material. Excellent collaborator, look forward to working with him in the future.

  5. Review by Charles-David
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    Joe was simply amazing. He took the time to understand the meaning of my music and proactively asked questions to enhance the quality of his interpretation. The process was quick and very efficient. Looking forward to work with Joe again!

  6. Review by adam
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    Joe played some fantastic cello parts. He really added magic to the song! Great communication and quick turn around too.

  7. Review by Dhrubo G.
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    It was a pleasure working with Joe. Even though my song was not in English, Joe clearly understood the emotion the song tried to express. He was able to connect with the song instantly and was able to play some of the beautiful cello pieces I've ever heard. I would like to work with him again in the future.
    Thanks Joe.

  8. Review by Jon R.
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    Very happy. Was on a very tight deadline and Joe went above and beyond. Tone of the playing is absolutely beautiful too. Looking forward to the next one! Cheers Joe

  9. Review by Deftki
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    Working with Joe for the cello solo in our current project went quite well. Joe was very professional; his communication was timely and responsive. The delivery of the solo was perfect and accurately fulfilling. Great work!

  10. Review by Joel K.
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    Joe is a wonderfully gifted musician. He has an incredible talent and it shines in his playing and in his compositions. I was truly, truly honored to collaborate with him. He elevates whatever he touches. Thank you, Joe!

  11. Review by Katmaz
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    Joe was extremely professional and completed my projects much quicker than I had expected. I will be using his services as an artist and a producer in the future!

  12. Review by Chris K.
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    Joe created excellent cello parts for my song in the exact direction I was looking for. They were exactly what the song needed and played beautifully. I would definitely enjoy working with him again!

  13. Review by Amman Abbasi
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    Joe is an excellent musician and collaborator. He takes direction incredibly well and brings his own ideas to the table which makes him an ideal partner. I will certainly be working with Joe again. And again. :)

  14. Review by Forty s.
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    Outstanding work, very prompt and positive.
    Achieved exactly what I had expected.
    Looking forward to more work together.

  15. Review by Andy G.
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    Immensely talented. Very easy to work with and turnaround time is extremely quick and at such a high standard. Look forward to working again with Joe for sure.

  16. Review by Poco R.
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    Wow...we had a wonderful session yesterday. The cellist was full of confidence because of the music that Joe notated. Joe is definitely my "go-to guy" when it comes to the cello.

  17. Review by gary g.
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    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
    Amazing communication.
    Amazing playing.
    Amazing open to ideas.
    Amazing everything.

  18. Review by Joel K.
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    This is my second collaboration with Joe, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. The artistry and professionalism he displays is truly rare. The guy is amazing! I plan on working with him every chance I get.

  19. Review by Richard S.
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    Joe is a world-class cellist/musician worthy of estimable respect and admiration, and an absolute pleasure to work with. His four-part string arrangement brought beauty and grace to my song. Also, the quality approach in his communication coupled with his all-around professionalism was swift and effortless, throughout -- can't recommend him enough! Thank you, Joe! 🙏

  20. Review by Joel K.
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    Joe is a fine musician and a lovely guy. His sense of melody and arrangement are truly one of a kind, He delivered a brilliant cello ensemble piece that went right to the heart of my song and enhanced it. I can’t recommend him highly enough. Thanks, Joe!

  21. Review by Andreas Vidhammer
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    Wonderful lyrical phrasing, classy taste, and just great overall musicality! The recordings are of top-notch audio quality, and Joe is very professional and an absolute pleasure to work with! Would reccommend!

  22. Review by Poco R.
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    This song Watch and Pray turned out to be a beautiful song with the added touch of the cello. What a beautiful instrument. I appreciate the professionalism and the enthusiasm which Joe exhibits. He plays so well. It is such a joy to do music with him.

  23. Review by Rella J.
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    I cannot stress enough how beautifully Joe performed my piece. He really brought it to life and captured and executed the emotion behind it. He's fantastic to work with and really wants you to be happy with the final product. I would 100% work with him again.

  24. Review by Kurtis S.
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    Beautiful work! Just what I need for my song.
    Thanks Joe!

  25. Review by Martin P.
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    My first project with Joe. He played some cello parts for a emotional song. His performance was perfect! His cello lines fits the mood of the song perfectly!! Best to work with!

  26. Review by Fahad
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    Joe is very talented, very flexible and creative. It's my pleasure to work with him.

  27. Review by Poco R.
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    Wow...I am so elated that Joe was able to bring life to my song. After all, it is a Praise song. I am smiling from ear to ear. There is no need for the "Rocks to Cry Out" because that Cello really helps us to get our Praise ON! God is so good. Many thanks to Joe.

  28. Review by Julian B.
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    The best of the best, Joe is the very finest of musicians. He went out of his way to make sure he understood what I wanted and the end product exceeded my wildest expectations. He also has high quality recoding equipment and knows what he’s doing when it comes to recording his instrument, something that is important to me. On top of all that he’s a great guy and works quickly. I wouldn’t hire anyone else.

  29. Review by Poco R.
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    I am so appreciative of the quality of the cello playing on my song. It is so beautiful. Joe is very professional and delivers timely. I am so glad that our paths met at this time. The entire team here applauds the work done...YEAH! I am looking forward to the next project. Joe is great!

  30. Review by Claire Batchelor
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    HIGHLY recommended. Joe was very easy to work with and the parts he sent me were absolutely spot on. Highly talented, Great quality, great sound. Would not hesitate to use again!

  31. Review by J.S.
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    Joe is brilliant. It's as simple as that. The best of the best. His playing is fantastic and his compositions are amazing. My highest recommendation.

  32. Review by James Cameron, Songwriter
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    Really blown away by what came back from Joe after he was a recommended by Jeremy Warmsley. Plenty of options/variations to ensure I had everything I needed, and all played so beautifully. Highly recommended.

  33. Review by Dan Moss
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    Joe did a great job. recordings of real instruments replacing the virtual ones we had elevated our trailer soundtrack from amateur to professional." - Dan Moss, Film Director

  34. Review by J. Elizondo
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    Joe and Dan did a fantastic job. I wholeheartedly recommend MailorderSession recording services to everyone. The process was very smooth and collaborative. I was impressed with the quality of the performances, the versatility with regards to style, the attention to detail (technically and musically) and the responsiveness to feedback. And it was a pleasure to work with Joe because he's so professional and friendly.

  35. Review by Jeremy Warmsley
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    Joe at MOS is an incredible cellist. His tone is gorgeous and he can play anything, always bringing immaculate musicality to his parts.

Interview with Joe Zeitlin

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

  2. A: Try to be as clear as possible with what you want. We can certainly help with this, which is why I always prefer to meet on the phone and talk about the project first, perhaps with cello in hand to demonstrate things. This always always improves the final result.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Both are brilliant!

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

  6. A: 100% extreme happiness with what we send you. I’ll do anything and everything to make sure a client is perfectly happy at the end of the process.

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

  8. A: The hugely varying and contrasting music I get to play, and I never know what’s coming which keeps my professional life exciting.

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

  10. A: A difficult question I get quite a bit is to give a quote for work before any details have been shared. It’s very difficult to say what a job is worth until we know what the job will entail. I would say before you ask for a quote, get everything together in terms of exactly what you want us to do. The more accurate you are, the more accurate we can be in terms of getting you the cheapest quote.

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

  12. A: That because it looks easy, it is easy! I would say that practising an instrument to the high level needed to do it professionally can be likened to boiling a pan of water. As soon as you take down the heat the water no longer boils. We need to be at boiling point consistently, and to do this a LOT of work goes on in the practise room. Not to mention the 10s of thousands of hours we have put in since we were kids...

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

  14. A: If anything is unclear or is not consistent in the materials I receive I will always seek to clarify before we start. But mainly it’s about the character of the song- telling us any hidden meanings or emotions behind the work help us to get closer to the clients’ ideal...

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Lyrical phrases with a warm and generous tone, at all times corresponding to the feel of the piece or song

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

  18. A: We all graduated from London Music Colleges- Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal College of Music. We have all been playing our instruments since early childhood and so it has always been a life’s vocation for all of us.

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

  20. A: Possibly Hildur Guðnadóttir. Apart from being a fellow cellist, a lot of times I have been watching films/series and noticed the brilliant music, the composer turned out to be her...

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

  22. A: Get your room in acoustic shape first!

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

  24. A: Classical, film scores and songs.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Communication. With the composer at first through listening and discussing, and then through our instruments as we convey the clients’ ideas to their audience.

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

  28. A: We bring a warm, soulful sound, naturally lyrical phrasing, all captured in a pristine quality recording.

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: On receiving scores or parts from the client, we have a look over it, mapping the harmonic form if necessary or sitting with the tracks to let them sink in, while speaking with the composer/songwriter about their vision for the performance. We are trained in Classical music but we have worked on many different styles from all types of electronic music to Jazz to Folk. If the parts are any less than straight forward in terms of technical difficulty we then spend some time practising the parts with our instruments. We find that while it’s possible to turn up and sight-read, reaching the true potential of the music is easier done with a little practise...

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: It’s quite simple really- we have a well acoustically- treated room first of all, and we record with a Neumann TLM 103 and a KM 184 stereo pair going into an ART PRO MPA2 tube pre and a UA Apollo with a variety of UAD preamps. We think the sound we get speaks for itself!

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

  34. A: Hagen Quartett; Steven Isserlis; James Ehnes; Arkadey Volodos; Nicolas Altstaedt, Teldec Studios

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

  36. A: Interpret, perform and record clients’ music in close connection with them. We can also work with them on creating and arranging parts.

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