I am a versatile musician, with background in jazz, musical theatre, and accompaniment in various styles. I am also a vocal and instrumental arranger with studio and stage experience. I have a home studio and can record live piano or digital/MIDI parts for you, whether it is from sheet music, or to make an arrangement for your project.
I think the best thing I have to offer is my taste and my high standards. My influences are very diverse, ranging from classical music and jazz, to The Beatles, Israeli popular songs, musical theatre and film-scores, and I try to bring my own personality into every project.
Whether you want to brainstorm and find the perfect part for your song, or you already have the part written and just want a good recording, I'll be happy to work with you.
I have a Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in piano performance, and a Master's degree from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in composition for media.
I can play various styles and compose or arrange music, either for live instruments or do the complete project in my DAW.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
8 ReviewsEndorse Asaf Finkelstein
Asaf is a superb pianist. His playing excelled all expectations. I wish him many more calls from the SoundBetter site. You won't regret it.
Worked on a prolonged project with Asaf and was very impressed -- he turned in high-quality work that was exactly what we were looking for. He was always on time or ahead of schedule, and communicated really well throughout. Very receptive to feedback and suggestions. Highly recommended.
Assaf is an extremely talented and professional musician and composer, he created 3 melodies that really made my project stand out with a costum sounds that keeps progressing throughout the videos
I recommend working with assaf if you have a chance, you won't regret it.
Asaf is an amazing musician and artist! it was a great pleasure working with him and I hope to have the privilege of working with him again in the future.
Assaf helped me with my final project in virtual reality, and created 2 types of music for me. The music he created was wonderful! And fit exactly! The process of working with Assaf was very professional! He was very patient with everything I wanted. I highly recommend working with him!
It was great working with Asaf.
He’s so talented.
He made me a beautiful soundtrack for my film.
Very patient and attentive.
I recommend !
Wonderful arranger, producer, sound engineer and most importantly - person!
Asaf is it extremely gifted and he knows how to use his gifts the right way, combining them with a lot of knowledge, experience and intelligence.
A true professional, highly recommended!
A wonderful musician . Asaf has created wonderful piano arrangements for my songs and played in my last Christmas Album. Highly recomended
Interview with Asaf Finkelstein
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My DAW is Cubase pro and my notation software is Sibelius ultimate. I have a 1960 Bluthner upright piano, a Yamaha p120 digital piano, and some condenser mics. I also have an accordion and a lot of beautiful sound libraries, including acoustic, orchestral and synth instruments. Of course, the studio has great acoustic treatment and a pair of Focal monitors.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My trio "Asaf 3.0". I was the composer, the pianist, and the bandleader. Look us up!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet but I hope to get to know people soon!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital for recording, editing etc. but of course with acoustic instruments when they're called for.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Integrity, keeping the deadline, fast communications, and giving my heart and my best effort to the job.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Waking up in the morning and making music is just the best, and my goal is to do it as much as possible.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I would prefer just let them do the talking and tell me what they want. If I had questions it would probably be mostly about the process.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Audio examples speak louder than words.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Piano, sheet music (probably Bach), computer, DAW, microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing piano for many years and most of my formal training was in jazz. However, I was fortunate enough to take various interesting paths, such as musical theatre, accompaniment, and composition.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sometimes jazz, sometimes cinematic, sometimes more contemporary.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Get inspired, get influenced, but be confident in your own taste and style.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Thankfully, the music I work on is very versatile. Recently I recorded some jazz tracks, a folk song and some musical theatre stuff for remote clients. I also wrote a number of choros, and I'm recording a very cool a-capella ensemble in the studio.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Anyone with integrity that works in the styles I feel comfortable with and can contribute to.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Hopefully my good taste, and an intention to make the client happy.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: That depends greatly on the type of the work. Sometimes I will use a reference and try to create a part that has all the same elements, and sometimes I will make suggestions to the client and try to do it in a more personal way. My main tool has always been the piano, and this is where most of my ideas come from. In music for picture, sometimes I will get inspiration from a sound instead of a melody.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I arrange and record piano and keyboard tracks and write various types or arrangements, and music for film.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Versatility and musicianship.