Grammy® Nominated Cellist, Netflix movie soundtracks, Tour w/ Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sessions w/ Grammy® Winning artists John Adams, Esperanza Spalding, Michael Bublé, Simple Plan ... •Master's Degree & Artist Diploma in Cello •Live with Il Divo, Rufus Wainwright, Patrick Watson, Coeur de pirate •Cellist for Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
I'm a Grammy® nominated cellist highly experienced in studio sessions and live performances.
My studio recording credits include Grammy® winning artists such as John Adams, Laura Sullivan, Nikhil Seetharam; Homayoun Sakhi, Philippe Brach, S.Lefebvre (Simple Plan), Lenni, Mason Blu, Jaren Cerf
I have toured and performed with Michael Bublé, Esperanza Spalding, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Il Divo, Rufus Wainwright, Patrick Watson, Coeur de pirate, Isabelle Boulay,
I have recorded on numerous soundtracks for TV and movies, including being first chair in Netflix’s movie Brad’s Status starring Ben Stiller.
I am equipped with a professional recording setup, which will allow me to give you high quality recordings. My classical training in cello, musicianship and composition, will ensure you professionalism with high quality arrangements and cello playing, I won't deliver a job that I am not happy with. I adapt to any kind of music, looking forward to working on yours!
More about me:
I come from France and have been classically trained with the French school of cello. I own a Master's Degree and Artist Diploma in Cello Performance, I am currently a section cellist for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
32 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Chloé Mendola
Chloé is a total pro and it was a pleasure working with her. Highly recommended!
This was my second time getting to work with Chloé, and I hope there's a third!
Chloé is a pro and lovely to work with! Her work truly uplifted my song!
I appreciated working with Chloé and different texture she brought to the aesthetic of the song. 👍🏽 Continued success!
responsive and a great result
Chloe was fantastic. Great sounding cello recording, fast turnaround, and accommodating with revisions. Thanks Chloe.
It was a pleasure to work with Chloé.
She played beautiful cello on an Irish traditional song.
Hope to work with her again soon!
Unparalleled professionalism and execution! After hearing the song once, Chloé completely nailed the part in record time with skill and elegance! The engineering of the recording was absolutely beautiful as well. Her cello dropped right into my mix. Would give 6 stars if I could!
Chloé is incredible. She's very creative, has a fantastic ear, and is very patient.
Pro, quick turnaround, delicate playing. 10/10
First project with Chole... amazingly beautiful outcome. Very talented artist. Tracked the mood perfectly... couldn't be happier.
Great partner to work with.
Chloé is an incredible cellist and she is really easy to work with. Her playing is, well, perfect. Thank you!
Chloe did such an amazing job writing and recording a string arrangement for my song. She also executed my idea (s) perfectly. Her strings elevated and changed the song in the exact way I wanted it too. She was a joy to communicate with and I hope to work with her again. Couldn’t be happier! Thank
Chloé performed the charted part perfectly and added a second take that complimented the first. Definitely made the part stand out!
Fantastic playing and professionalism. Very kind and patient communication as well. Combined the techniques and playing that I needed within an instrumental of mine. Hoping I can keep collaborating with Chloé in the future.
Chloe is incredible. She's the cellist you want, with a friendly personality, great communication, and she understood my vision. No revisions were needed for the 3 songs she worked on. Brilliant.
Sounds INCREDIBLE!!!!! Thank you so much for your hard work!!!!
Working with Chloe was a great experience. Great player! Great tone and great communication. Total Pro! Excited to do more with her in the future.
Very professional and great song. I am really pleased with the results :)
Looking forward to working with you on more projects, Chloé.
Interview with Chloé Mendola
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I record tracks then select the best ones. I work close to my computer so that I can save some time and add comments for later
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I really enjoy session work, I like the concreteness of it, and the idea of recording the absolute best version of a song I can make.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: If they have a clear idea of what they want, to be specific and give me as many info as they can. If they don't, I'll work my magic :)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: First look at the bio a little to make sure you are hiring a professional, then listen to the reel and see if that speaks to you
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pretty versatile, I have a classical background so I'm a solid cellist, that allows me to play and adapt to a lot of different styles now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Write everything down
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from home, very quiet first floor space with good acoustic. I play on a Ravatin 1996 that won a Gold Medal, great cello lent to me. My bow is a Bergeron, bow maker in Lyon, France. I have a TLM 103 and Rode NT5 pair for microphones, and Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen for interface.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: We recently recorded Shaker Loops septet, written by five-time Grammy®-Winning composer John Adams and conducted by himself. I was one of the two cellos of the recording.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually about rates. My answer is every work is different and requires different skills, so I am fair and adapt to each customer.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Pierre Mendola, jazz flutist
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The amount of time I've been asked what my real job is.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A few session work projects, orchestra, some personal arrangements and recordings
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm professional and love my job, I will never give a job that I'm not happy with.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been classically trained, started at 6 and I'm now 28. I own a Master Degree and Artist Diploma in Cello performance and Chamber music. I like performing and I have always been interested in recording and production work.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Erykah Badu, I love her music, always renewing herself, she inspires me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually adding a cello line into a song. Cello sound is so warm that it gives a song a completely different dimension right away. String arrangements
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, classical, hip-pop, soul, jazz, middle east, pop-rock
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My personal interpretation, life, warmth and colors.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will bring my emotion, interpretation and elevate their work. Nothing like a midi instrument. I'll providing high quality playing and recording
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Erykah Badu Joni Mitchell Lauryn Hill