Joe Zeitlin

Cello & Strings

6 Reviews (2 Verified)
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Principal chair in Oscar® -nominated soundtrack "Jackie" (Mica Levi), and many other sessions: Bryan Tyler, Patrick Wolf, Jeffery Lewis, Aphex Twin, Jonny Greenwood, 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- 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, Patrick Wolf, Johnny Flynn, Jeffery Lewis, Laura Marling, Jonny Greenwood, Aphex Twin, Floating Points.

I also offer full string sections, with wonderful colleagues I have played with over the years. Please enquire about this if you are looking for strings for your music.

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

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AllMusic verified credits for Joe Zeitlin
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Mica Levi
  • Floating Points
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Jonathan Jeremiah
  • Jeffrey Lewis
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Johnny Flynn
  • Johnny Flynn

6 Reviews

Endorse Joe Zeitlin
  1. Review by Poco R.

    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!

  2. Review by Claire Batchelor

    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!

  3. Review by James Cameron, Songwriter

    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.

  4. Review by Dan Moss

    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

  5. Review by J. Elizondo

    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.

  6. Review by Jeremy Warmsley

    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: How would you describe your style?

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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...

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

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

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

  10. A: Classical, film scores and songs.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  16. A: On receiving scores or parts from the client, we first spend a few days studying 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...

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. 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!

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

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

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

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

'Gabriel's Oboe' by Ennio Morricone, arranged for cellos

I was the cellist, recording and mix engineer in this production

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    'Gabriel's Oboe' by Ennio Morricone, arranged for cellos
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    Schubert "Arpeggione Sonata" excerpt arranged for cellos
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    The Forest and the Sea by Leafcutter John
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    "Teotalli" for String Quartet by José Elizondo
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GenresSounds Like
  • Beethoven
  • Schubert
  • John Williams
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann TLM103
  • Neumann KM184
  • UA Apollo8
  • Art Pro MPA2
  • Eventide Eclipse
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