theviolinist

Experienced Session Violinist,

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(First? THIS place? is magic, is all, ye know. ) AND, I DO NOT LIKE ALL THIS " I AM A PRODUCER STUFF!! " CAN THEY ACTUALLY PLAY??? I have over 40 years professional experience, playing from classical to jazz to folk, blues, reggie, rock, you name it. Classically trained at the Royal Academy for Music. Tired of the rest? Hire the best.

I started playing violin at 10 years of age, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study classical violin at age 14. I was leader of my first classical orchestra at 15 years of age and played solo with many after that.
I have played in Jazz bands, Irish & Scottish folk bands, have recorded for Singer/Songwriters and you will hear my violin on more CDs than I can say! (Those in the "know" know who I am)
I love to play the violin,(strings) and am happy and at home in just about any genre
I had over 700 five star reviews of my work on other sites around the internet, (but now ONLY work on soundbetter) -if you need any more information please just google me: "William Stewart Violinist"
You will find many sites, my videos, music etc! These "other" sites can be used as reference, if you wish to hire me please do so through Soundbetter! :-)
if you wish viola, cello, bass, guitar? ask

I don't cheat. you want real violin? Tell me what you need and I will be happy to do it for you. I don't say I am an Alumi from xx/yyy academy.. I have won first prize, (REALLY) in many international violin competitions, whilst at the Royal Academy, and after... What i do is play violin. I do it real well, what YOU want! read my reviews.

I look forward to hearing your music!
ps, I do not do google anymore. so, no more youtube etc...

William.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

133 Reviews - 19 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Scott
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    William played beautiful violin and viola on our song. Wonderful playing and experience.

  2. Review by Bobby
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    pleasure to work with as always!

  3. Review by Scott
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    William played multiple violin and viola parts on our score and performed remarkably.

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    William's violin and viola playing are world-class. I absolutely love the string section that William played on this song.

  5. Review by Scott
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    Fantastic violin work on our track

  6. Review by Lachie A'rden
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    My second song with William, another really great piece of violin and viola. Thanks William!

  7. Review by Lachie A'rden
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    Brilliant musician who delivered a perfect piece of violin for my song with a very quick turnaround time and multiple takes. Highly recommend.

  8. Review by Scott
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    Excellent violin and string arrangement. Great collaboration and communication.

  9. Review by Scott
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    It's been fantastic to work with William. His violin is amazing.

  10. Review by Suwaidi
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    Very talented and unique artist to work with, his work is amazing!

  11. Review by Matt C.
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    Great service, very high quality, and incredibly fast turnaround time! Would definitely use again!

  12. Review by Ron F.
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    I requested a violin solo, and I received an entire string section! Very fast and reasonably priced.

  13. Review by Billy A.
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    William was great to work with. Very generous pricing, very generous delivery. I had so much to work with that it was easy to get the right feel for my part. Also, he's EXTREMELY fast turnaround. Sometimes within minutes!

  14. Review by Lee R.
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    Terrific playing, highly professional and brilliant to work with! Thank you!

  15. Review by Scott
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    Awesome violin and production work done by William.

  16. Review by Todd M.
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    William always crafts work of the highest standard. He’s a true joy to work with.

  17. Review by Scott
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    Fantastic collaboration and a wonderful string section.

  18. Review by Scott
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    Brilliant musicianship on our song. I especially appreciate William's collaboration.

  19. Review by Scott
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    Wonderful skilled and world-class production. I look forward to working with William on the next tracks.

  20. Review by Jonah M.
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    You couldn’t ask for anyone better to play strings on your song. Give him a decent song and he’ll turn it into a great one! Thanks again William, I shall return!
    Cheers!

  21. Review by Scott
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    Great communication and orchestral production.

  22. Review by Scott
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    Absolutely amazing new mix for our song - fabulous

  23. Review by Scott
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    Amazing composer and musician as always. I look forward to our next project :)

  24. Review by Scott
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    Fabulous composing and collaboration on this track. Looking forward to working on the next order.

  25. Review by manos w.
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    Five star performance EVERY TIME! Great player with a great feeling in what he plays! He knows the "sound" I'm, looking for and he delivers every time!

  26. Review by Scott
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    Fantastic collaboration and brilliant violins

  27. Review by Jason H.
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    Awesome job, done quickly and professionally. Would highly recommend!

  28. Review by Scott
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    The arrangements on this track were complex and with delicate detail and collaboration, we make it just right.

  29. Review by Scott
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    Another outstanding composition. William is a great producer

  30. Review by Scott
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    Outstanding production and instrumental work. I really appreciate your collaboration on this song.

  31. Review by John
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    get the job done fast! thank you

  32. Review by Scott
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    Absolutely incredible musician and Producer with careful attention to detail.

  33. Review by Scott
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    outstanding work on another track. William is an amazing violinist and producer

  34. Review by Scott
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    Fabulous work on this track. We needed a good amount of collaboration to get it right and William was up to the task each revision. Great results.

  35. Review by Scott
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    I have worked with William on multiple songs for my music project and every time he delivers outstanding work. His musicianship is amazing and I really appreciate his communication on each project. I will continue to work with William. Great job.

  36. Review by Scott
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    Excellent delivery on a very complicated song of work with multiple instruments.

  37. Review by Scott
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    Outstanding work on this track - musically amazing.

  38. Review by Kitt W.
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    One of the better connections I've made on Soundbetter. Extremely nice guy. Took my very minor request very seriously and did great job of helping me. Very professional, very quick turnaround and great sounding result. This is the way pros do it! He nailed it. Thank you!!!!

  39. Review by Scott
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    William is an incredible musician and violinist I am very happy with the track we produced.

  40. Review by Scott
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    I am absolutely impressed by the skill and emotion that we are producing together on this track. Thank you William. Your talents are appreciated.

  41. Review by Scott
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    William is an incredible musician and our latest mix for our album is brilliant. Thanks

  42. Review by Scott
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    Absolutely brilliant composer - so happy with the tracks and result.

  43. Review by Scott
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    William is an incredible musical artist. The music produced is just what we've asked for.

  44. Review by Scott
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    Oustanding mix! I am so proud of the music that William has mixed and produced for me. He deeply understands the emotion of my music and has worked with me on some outstanding tracks.

  45. Review by Todd M.
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    William gives me lots of flavors to choose from. Superb.

  46. Review by Michael M.
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    Tasteful as always, an amazing talent

  47. Review by Samisami
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    Super professional violinist with world-class sound!! It's always so amazing to collaborate with William, he is the man with massive amounts of positive energy and friendliness!
    Highly recommended!!

  48. Review by Chris S.
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    theviolinist: Unparalleled talent. unparalleled customer service !

  49. Review by Michael M.
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    Always the man

  50. Review by Friedrich H.
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    Absolutely amazing very soon again!

  51. Review by Francis Blume
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    Fantastic to work with! Very talented and very prompt. Your songs will be in very good hands.

  52. Review by Martin R.
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    William always delivers beautiful music, lovingly played. Highly recommended!

  53. Review by Chad Martin
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    William is outstanding to work with! He's a total pro, created excellent tracks, and was so accommodating with our turnaround time. Looking forward to next time!

  54. Review by Martin R.
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    William is a gifted musician who always delivers the goods, and much more. Highly recommended not only for violin but also for viola and cello. The complete package!

  55. Review by Marc C.
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    Always a pleasure working with William... high quality, speedy deliveries.

  56. Review by Bobby
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    Fantastic as always, a pleasure to work with

  57. Review by Marc C.
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    High quality instrumentalist with great delivery times.

  58. Review by Bobby
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    Absolute pleasure to work with the Violinist. Brings real LIFE to my tracks and is so easy to work with.

  59. Review by Todd M.
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    Always a fantastic experience. I am so grateful to have William in my songs.

  60. Review by Todd M.
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    Always excellent, always professional. He's my kindred soul on this musical voyage.

  61. Review by Bradley S.
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    He's an amazing musician and I highly recommend him to anyone who needs strings. Did an entire string arrangement for a track and understood exactly what it needed. Plus, he's an amazing guy as well.

  62. Review by Niklas A.
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    Excellent! I couldn't be happier. Great sounding strings played by a great player.

    William went above and beyond to ensure I got everything I needed for my track. He worked fast and replied to my messages even faster. Super professional all in all!

  63. Review by Chris S.
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    Another great job by TheViolinist! Took my music and made my project better thank I had hoped. Outstanding service, fast turnaround and high-quality musical abilities and affordable. 4th job with him and I will be back!

  64. Review by Jon
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    Exquisite work! Incredibly talented and easy to work with

  65. Review by Chris S.
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    Outstanding work delivered in a timely fashion at a reasonable price. 3rd time working with theviolinst and I'm fully happy with his work and customer service. Great talent that is easy to work with!

  66. Review by Todd M.
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    I am always in awe of how William is so utterly tuned in to the emotion and nuances in my songs. He always adds another dimension.

  67. Review by Richie K.
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    Well . . . what can I say? Extraordinary input: standard of craft , and energy invested in the project. A wealth of information, hard to beat by any means. A brilliant musician who cares deeply about your project. I would highly recommend The Violinist for anyone in need of strings 'n things. Perfect.

  68. Review by Terry A.
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    Excellent musician and fun to work with. Highly recommend.

  69. Review by Richie K.
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    What a tremendous privilege it is to work with The Violinist. An opportunity you shouldn't miss.

  70. Review by Jesse J.
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    Superb quality, both in playing and in audio quality. Excellent communication, super speedy delivery. Thank you for the job well done!

  71. Review by Cato
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    Absolutely brilliant, very happy with the result and William is super quick at responding. A+++++ highly recommended!

  72. Review by Lorne M.
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    He did a great job and very easy to work with :)

  73. Review by Marius C.
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    William is passionate about providing the best quality results and he takes the time to implement relevant feedback that will make the client satisfied. I recommend working with him.

  74. Review by Serouj B.
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    I am so happy to work with William, he is very professional, accurate and fast. I still cant believe how fast he sent the violin recording :D Highly recommended !!

  75. Review by Martin J.
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    He did a fantastic Job again. Giving my piano a foll waltz feeling so everybody can dance on it.

  76. Review by Martin J.
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    It's hard to tell how surprised I became when I listened the fantastic result of his work. His sensibility to the music and his skills in playing the instruments and arranging the strings are admirable.

  77. Review by Todd M.
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    I've always happy with William's work. He tells stories through his violin.

  78. Review by Martin R.
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    Yet another virtuosic and sensitive performance! William is always a joy to work with.

  79. Review by Cyrus R.
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    I have worked with William on multiple projects ranging in style from Celtic, to jazz manouche to rhythm and blues, and he always shines. A great player with good gear, so the recordings are as good as the performances. Highly recommended!

  80. Review by John Z.
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    Excellent musician, easy to work with, and an all-around nice guy! I needed a gypsy jazz violin track for a project and William delivered exactly what I was looking for and even went above my requirements. He'll definitely be my go-to guy anytime I need a violinist.

  81. Review by Scott
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    William is professional and skilled. The mix and master of the 2 tracks was superb. I am overwhelmed with joy at how they sound. :)

  82. Review by Bighaze B.
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    A very good Experience for me !!
    I have had the pleasure of working with
    Theviolinist is THE BEST !!

  83. Review by Howard
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    Incredible talent, awesome dude, a terrific experience!

  84. Review by Howard
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    Brilliant work! Fast, professional, and a great human being :)

  85. Review by Todd M.
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    William is always brilliant, and he can apply sublime nuances to my songs.

  86. Review by Scott
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    Absolutely amazing violin, mixing and mastering on this track. I am so impressed with the passion behind William's violin - so real.

  87. Review by Atef G.
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    Always great as usual. Already recommended. Thank you so much.

  88. Review by Todd M.
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    William always knows exactly what to add to make my songs truly magical. Just an amazing soul.

  89. Review by Lars R.
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    William did an amazing job and helped me enhance my arrangement to a whole new level. I will certainly hire him again.

  90. Review by Todd M.
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    William is so intuitive and pleasant to work with. Fantastic skills. He is also very bright and has a great sense of humour.

  91. Review by Michael M.
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    I've become a regular! Consistently high quality work... the best!

  92. Review by Michael M.
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    the best.. dedicated, passionate, and inspirational

  93. Review by Todd M.
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    He's just an amazing soul who knows how to morph his playing for any song I give him.

  94. Review by Todd M.
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    Always excellent work. Incredible.

  95. Review by Michael M.
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    Professional, amazingly intuitive and sensitive to the individual feel of each song. Brilliantly talented musician.

  96. Review by Michael M.
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    Amazing, above and beyond my expectations

  97. Review by Todd M.
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    William can tune into anything you are doing and make it sublime. He is a rare gem.

  98. Review by Todd M.
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    William is fantastic in every song I give him...Always adapting, always beautiful, heartfelt music.

  99. Review by manos w.
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    Excellent piece of work as always. Highly recommended!

  100. Review by Todd M.
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    I've played with many virtuosos, and he is at the top of the list. But what makes him unique is his ability to hone into the emotion of your song and add something that makes it truly special. That can't be taught.

  101. Review by manos w.
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    Great work as always he played what he was asked for with a feeling and emotion and tried to reach the sound that I wanted. Really cares about someone's music not just a session player but much more than that. Highly recommended by me!

  102. Review by Michael B.
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    William plays with visceral emotion. He plays with the blood as Rodrigo says in Mozart in the Jungle. I'm very fortunate to have him on board for my latest musical venture. Check out his album Songs of War, which is one of my all time favorite recordings.

  103. Review by Martin R.
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    William is always happy to go that extra mile to get the most out of the music.

  104. Review by Bobby C.
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    AMAZING work!

  105. Review by Martin R.
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    William is fantastic to work with. He is a gifted and creative musician.

  106. Review by Alfonso B.
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    theviolinist is an absolute pleasure to work with. Added exactly what I needed. Very talented!

  107. Review by john c.
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    very easy to work with. a complete professional. i highly recommend working with him.

  108. Review by Martin R.
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    A wonderful musIcian, who I have no hesitation in recommending. William is very easy to work with, and always delivers a high quality and sensitive performance

  109. Review by john c.
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    truly a professional. easy to work with. i highly recommend him.

  110. Review by john c.
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    A true professional, who delights in his work. It is always a pleasure to work with this man. I highly recommend him.

  111. Review by Jeff P.
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    It was a great experience and I would certainly work with William again. He went above and beyond to add a solo violin performance to my song based on my original version and created his own original performance to give me more options. I would encourage anyone looking for a professional to strongly consider working with William.

  112. Review by Gary B.
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    William is an amazing, rare talent! His gift is bringing your vision to life in every way you dreamed! He can play anything - in any style - in every way you imagined...and his sound is just beautiful!

  113. Review by Bav
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    Will is easy to work with and always delivers high quality work. He really adds to the track with his violin parts that go together perfectly with whats already down.

  114. Review by Martin J.
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    He makes good music brilliant

  115. Review by Willy M.
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    William is a pleasure to work with, and provided me with violin and viola tracks that were so beautifully played they nearly brought tears to my eyes.

  116. Review by Martin J.
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    Well. William makes the impossible possible. He brought a string section with Cello, Viola and two violins to my rather complicated blues piano track. And now we have something really new. It is a great work.

  117. Review by Bav
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    Excellent violinist, high quality work, also goes the extra mile when working on your project.

  118. Review by Martin J.
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    William is one of the rare musicians who adds something to my music what I cannot expect. There are many who do a good job you can be satisfied with, but he is exceptionell.

  119. Review by Martin J.
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    William is my favorite Violinist: I have worked with him on several songs. And he will stay my favorite violinist for some more songs. He is so creative with a highest musicality and a long time experience in many fields of music.

  120. Review by Martin J.
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    Another brilliant string work was done by the violinist.

  121. Review by Martin J.
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    This one was the longest and most complex piece of music I did with the violinist. He did it, so in the end, it was so beautifull that tears run down of his and my eyes.

  122. Review by Martin J.
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    With theviolinist I found person who is a very very deeply interested in the what he is doing with a great ability in improvisation in understanding what the music you send him is. He is very surprising and he added more to my music than I could ever expect. If you need someone with outstanding abilities add him to your musical work.

  123. Review by Sean P.
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    I've worked with William many times before - He is an extreme TALENT! You will feel like you're a great composer, when it is actually William's skill at making everything WORK and SOUND GREAT! As I say at the end of every track with William, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE!

  124. Review by Jeff F.
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    William does great work and is always a pleasure to work with!

  125. Review by Scott
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    Excellent production and fabulous communication. William is professional and he is superb at production, mixing and violin. Thanks again William.

  126. Review by Martin J.
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    He is the best one I ever got. It's always completely surprising what he will do with your music.

  127. Review by Bav
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    An excellent, experienced violinist. Highly recommend to anyone looking to add violin to their work. William is the man for the job.

  128. Review by Bav
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    Another project with William and again, excellent end result on his part. His multiple layer violin recordings gives you many, many options on how to edit it into the final track, and they always sound great. Pleasure to work with William, and will again in the future. Top Job.

  129. Review by Bav
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    Another great addition to the track by William, very easy to work with.

  130. Review by Bav
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    Great communication and even better violin work. Easy to work with, fast turnaround time too. Look forward to working with William again.

  131. Review by Ying M.
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    Very skillful performer.

  132. Review by Michael B.
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    When you hire William to perform your song, you hire a true artist with absolute dedication to getting into your hands a performance that will echo into eternity. His work ethic and determination to get things just right is nothing short of astounding - and man oh man can he make that violin sing!

  133. Review by Michael B.
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    William has the heart and soul of a true poet and it's reflected in his playing and correspondence. He has excellent tone and vibrato and plays with great emotion and feel. The sound quality of the recordings are studio level. He's one of the nicest guys I've ever worked with in the music business.

Interview with theviolinist

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

  2. A: I am inspired by anyone who plays well and makes that "special" sound on their instrument.

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

  4. A: Listen, then record. It is that simple! Sometimes, depending on the song, I will just hit record and play along as I listen for the first time. If the music is well written one can hear where it is going to go and improvising is easy. These are some of the best "takes" when the magic arrives.

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

  6. A: I bring passion, vast musical experience, great technical skill, a desire for perfection (nothing leaves me without me being satisfied enough to put my name to it). I bring a love for music and knowledge of HOW to record a violin to get the best sound for the mix. This is gold!

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: My strongest skill? I love music, I love the violin, I love recording the violin, hearing that beautiful sound and people going "wow!"

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

  10. A: Any style, seriously!

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

  12. A: Let the punishment fit the crime, as they say. Listen to the music, listen to the customer's wish, and play/record accordingly. The cusomer is, in this case, mostly, right!

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

  14. A: Ha! I would LOVE to record with the French artist Lara Fabian. Her voice is amazing on many, many videos. And the songs she sings "Je suis Malade" comes to mind. :-)

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: My style is your style.

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

  18. A: I refer to my previous answers.

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

  20. A: They ask me (IF they ask) why am I so expensive compared to "others". I tell them: go listen to the others. Then come back to me. :-)

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

  22. A: The freedom! Playing so many different types of music. Learning new music every day. A total education.

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

  24. A: Quality. Music that fits theirs. Great violin playing.

  25. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  26. A: Digital. Silly question why. You cannot get past electronics.

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

  28. A: Just joined.

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

  30. A: I have a violin promo video to make, to sell a violin for a company in Singapore. I just finished recording "Nocture for Violin and Drone" by a Swedish composer. Great stuff!

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

  32. A: violin, laptop with Reaper installed (or on a USB stick!!), DPA mic, soundcard, a box with endless electricity!! Good to go! (the laptop would have all of Spectrasonics installed, Trilian, Omnisphere and RMX)

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

  34. A: Be specific. Don't tell me "play like an angel here." Tell me you want this part sounding agressive, calm, beautiful, like a sunrise on top of a mountain when you are alone in the world. Tell me where and for how long, exactly as you can. Then, trust me.

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

  36. A: I started at age 10. Entered the Royal Academy on a scholarship at age 14. Left there at 18 having gigged in the best orchestras as an "extra", led orchestras in Germany, Scotland, etc, toured the world as a classical violinist. I then stopped that, programmed computers in Switzerland (all the time making my own music) then started playing jazz violin. I toured with my own jazz band for years, all the time being asked to play this, play that. I joined a gypsy jazz band as violinist in France and toured with them. The many, many requests did not stop, so, and so, that is what I do now. I get to make really diverse music with great people. Wonderful!

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

  38. A: That last one, the Nocturne. The composer send a request, including a pdf of the violin score. I "knew" he would order so I started to practice the (difficult) piece. Thirty minutes later I got the order, and had already practiced the piece. I still love to listen to it. Excellent violinistic writing and great music. I also then improvised whole sections,which he loved, and he is working on a second version of his music, with my improvs in there too!

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

  40. A: I play more or less anything, within reason, and will refuse work that I don't think is up to scratch. I have played most genres and it works like this: I receive an mp3 and a request to add violin. Sometimes the customer sends only the mp3, other times a pdf of the score, and or a midi file with the notes. If I have the notes I will read them. If not I memorize or transcribe and then play. Yet other times I am requested to "just do my thing." This is what I really love to do. Just improvise to music. That is where the magic happens!

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: I have used all the DAWs, Cubase, Sonar, Logic etc etc... recently I changed from Ableton Live 9 to Reaper. This was forced upon me! I was gigging in Ethiopia and my laptop crashed. I had to borrow a laptop. It was a Mac. And I had to continue my internet work! The only program that allowed me to do that right away was Reaper. No huge expensive install, and it did everything I needed. When I got back home I started to learn Reaper. Man, I am amazed at what one can do with this software. For me, the quality of the sound is utmost and Reaper allows me to record the way I hear the music. Perfectly. Fast. Rendering is fast and extremely flexible, something I also need. Then, I use mainly a DPA 4099v for the violin. I have and can use large diaphragm mics, but the sound of the DPA with the way I know how to play makes a sound that is real easy to fit into a mix. I love this mic! I now also use an LUFS meter so I can deliver iTunes etc ready mixes if desired. :-)

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

  44. A: That anyone can not only play the violin, but knows how to record it! Recording a violin is not easy. Knowing your mic,software, and how your playing has to fit with the mix is really, really important. Knowing about levels, 24bit against 16 bit, noise levels (or, in my case a totally clean signal!).. all these things are really important and a lot of people seem to think that if you play well you can make a good enough sound to go on their record. duh! The violin must be recorded correctly, first!

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You send me an mp3 of your music. I will have a listen and get back to you. I will return at least one track of violin (24 bit, dry wav) for the set price. However, I normally deliver more!

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email me and I'm sure we can work out a deal :-) I have over 750 5* reviews elsewhere online, but, I want ALL my clients to ask for, and get, a great deal here on soundbetter!!!! the best!

  • Mixing MasteringFeb 10, 2019

    Hi guysngals! ok, you want a real good mix, and mastered for iTunes? youtube? any other streaming service? for a CD, you want it squash up real loud? do you wish to listen to your music without getting a headache? gentle music? EMD! just send me, and I shall make you a great deal! I use Melda Plugins, Yamaha flat studio monitors etc etc... :-)

  • Happy, successful new yearJan 15, 2019

    to all my new friends and musicians here on soundbetter..

    may your force be with you!

    William.

  • Loudness WarsOct 25, 2016

    I'm currently working on another album for a guy in America and he asked specifically that the end result be mastered for iTunes. Well, for the first time I was in need of an accurate LUFS meter!
    I downloaded loads of demos... and finally settled on the https://www.klangfreund.com/lufsmeter/
    This meter is very accurate, and allows many methods of faster working.



  • Promo VideoMay 03, 2016

    Today I took delivery of the violin I have to review. It came all the way from Singapore, and I must say I was really surprised!
    It is a "cheap" chinese violin, but for the money? It sounds not bad at all! I can imagine how it would sound with good strings -  they always save on strings with these instruments.

    Anyway, I have some work to do!