Alexander Nantschev

Violin Viola String Section

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I worked with artists like Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Dora Schwarzberg. I am so thankful for all these experiences! What composers are sending me is just so inspiring! If I like what you're doing and it feels right for me, I'll get 110% involved... until we feel it's right!

I am a violinist playing 40 years. I got contact with recording through my dad and brother 30 years ago. I started build my own studio more than 20 years ago. I earn my living from playing the violin.

I will play the best violin solo or string section for your song and deliver clean world class strings for your mixes.
I play on a rare and fine violin. I have a big selection of violin bows by L.H. Gillet, Ch.N. Bazin, J. Tubbs, W. Knopf. For string sections I can use different instruments to get a more diversified result.
At the moment I have a Vintage AKG C-12 borrowed from a friend, that thing sounds smooth! Get your recording as long it’s in my studio.

Let me know what you are looking for and then send me your tracks, rough mix or a score. I can create a solo part or string arrangement, if you like.

After I've done the recording, I'll send you an Mp3 of your song with strings. Then we'll talk about any changes that may be needed. Once we're happy, I'll send you all individual violin tracks dry and processed.

I speak english, german and bulgarian))

I'm looking forward to working with you!
Alex

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

37 Reviews

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  1. Review by Claire K Nicolson
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    Great to work for. Straight forward and clear instructions. I would be very happy to work for him again.

  2. Review by Alan R.
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    Just finished a session with Alex and what a great experience it was!

    Alex is very easy to work with, understood my vision for the song and he communicated with me as necessary so he could record exactly what I needed from his part.
    Also, very important to mention... He gets a very "Rich" sound capture from his instrument ... Sounds Really Great!

    Bottom line........ I absolutely recommend Alex for any of your string projects and I totally will consider him for any of my new projects!

  3. Review by Andrea Piccioni
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    beautiful composition and arrangement, Alexander gave me full expressive and purposeful freedom, and this further stimulated me.
    Thank you Alexander, highly recommended.

  4. Review by Chuck Sabo
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    Another great and challenging session with Alex. His songs are quite difficult for a drummer. But I always enjoy recording them. He continues to be a kind and creative person!

  5. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    It's always a great pleasure working with Alex! His musical talent is incredible and I really enjoy working on these super unique tracks with him! It's always exciting to hear the new music Alex makes and the same excitement will be there for the next one as well.

  6. Review by Alex Kamm
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    Professional and easy to work with -- highly recommend!

  7. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    It's always a huge pleasure working with Alex! I've loved every track thus far and I don't expect that to ever change!

  8. Review by Chuck Sabo
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    Great guy, great song, and another great session with Alex!

  9. Review by Tymek Wojtewicz
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    Alexander is a very professional, and competent musician and a composer. I had a great time working on his music!

  10. Review by Chuck Sabo
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    Great drum session with Alex!
    He's a great writer & musician, and he really pushed the boundaries on this track!

  11. Review by Ziv Shalev
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    Great collaborating again with Alex. Prolific musician and very percise!

  12. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    A big pleasure to work with Alex on this one, as always!

  13. Review by Stéphane L.
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    Alexander is a great violinist. He's fast and takes feedback well.
    I was looking for a classic playing style inspired by the works of Camille Saint-Saëns and Alexander perfectly captured that specific emotion.
    It's difficult to find musicians of that caliber online so if you're looking for a virtuoso violinist go for Alexander you won't regret it.

  14. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    Once again, Alex brought me an amazing song to work on. I very much enjoyed working on this, and as always, I cannot wait to hear/work on the next!

  15. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    Once again a pleasure to work with Alex!

  16. Review by Silke
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    Lovely guy making some great emotional, inspiring, mysterious, breathing and moving music. Thanks for sharing a small part of your journey with me!

  17. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    A real pleasure to work with Alex as always, had a lot of fun on this one!

  18. Review by Zoltan Renaldi
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    Always a pleasure to work with Alexander,
    Clear instructions, great songs, love it !

  19. Review by Chuck Sabo
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    Another great drumming experience with Alexander!
    Creatively, it's more than just a great session. His music always seems to require me to approach the recordings by thinking & playing 'outside the box'. Always a pleasure Alexander!

  20. Review by Yoad Nevo
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    Alex was amazing to work with once again! Really enjoyed this mix, and can't wait for the next one!

Interview with Alexander Nantschev

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

  2. A: I play the violin since 40 years. I grew up in a music/artist family. Dad violinist, mother ballerina, uncle composer/conductor. I studied violin and piano in the Vienna music university where I graduated with distinction.

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

  4. A: I am a trained as a classical violinist. But my 10 year older brother had his own studio where he produced his songs and records. So I am used to switch styles from an early age on. And I got used to work in a studio more than 30 years ago.

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

  6. A: My violin, bow, Macbook, Headphones, Mic

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

  8. A: Why do old italian violins seem to sound better? This is difficult to answer. I mostly say something like: they have a history, the material was different, they have a special aura reflected in an unique varnish, they survived multiple pandemics and wars.

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

  10. A: 110 % satisfaction.

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

  12. A: Violinist in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, working with Claudio Abbado and Pierre Boulez was an experience I will never forget.

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

  14. A: My new album, which will combine classical compositions, with my songs produced in a modern way.

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

  16. A: Chuck Sabo, love his drumming. Yoad Nevo, his mixes are pure magic.

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: I love both. I try to get the benefits of both worlds.

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

  20. A: Every project feels like a new creation. I never get bored with what I do. I just love the excitement connected with art.

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

  22. A: I don´t have to practice anymore))

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

  24. A: Is there a story you want to tell with your composition?

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

  26. A: Be open minded for a creative process.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: I am very versatile regarding my sound, from sweet to quite rough. If you are looking for a jazz violinist, better look for someone else, more specialized in that genre.

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

  30. A: Hans Zimmer. I think there is something I can learn from him))

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

  32. A: Be open to different work methods. Everyone is completely different how he achieves his goals. And that makes working together so exciting.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: People whom I worked with say I am very creative and flexible. I try to give a touch of uniqueness to things I work on.

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

  36. A: Magic and emotions.

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

  38. A: I think the most important is listening. Understanding the story of the composition. Then to communicate with the client, what he is looking for and how I can help.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a fine and rare violin by Giuseppe Guadagnini of Cremona 1795. I can choose between different mics by Neumann, Rode, AKG, Shure and many more. I love my Chandler Limited TG2 preamp going into Mytek converters. I tame the room with an SE reflection filter. If you have a special request regarding room, I can choose between two different concert halls (smaller and bigger). Here I like the Jecklin mic placement, that gives a very natural spacial sound.

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

  42. A: Beatles, Pink Floyd, Glenn Gould, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, John Williams, John Grant, Frank Zappa, ...so much good music out there

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

  44. A: Add magic with an unique violin or string section that plugins can not deliver.

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Gear Highlights
  • Rare and fine violin
  • Vintage AKG C-12
  • Chandler Limited TG-2
  • Neumann
  • Rode
  • AKG
  • Shure
  • Cubase
  • ProTools
  • Ableton
  • SE Reflection Filter
  • RME Fireface 400
  • Mytek Converters
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