Nathaniel Wolkstein

Composer, Arranger | Strings

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Full-time composer, classically trained violinist/violist, arranger and producer who has worked with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Netflix, MTV and collaborated with Billboard Hot 100 artists. Primary instruments are the violin and viola and also utilizes the piano, cello, percussion, electric and acoustic guitar and electric bass.

I am a professional violinist, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral arranger and composer, session musician, and producer. For the last 10 years, I have collaborated with both independent and artists on major labels (Sony Music and Universal Music Group), and have composed original music for film, television, video games, content creators, ads and everything in between. With 20+ years of classical music training, professional orchestral playing and songwriting experience, I have the ability to musically shape-shift across genres, utilizing live instruments to create unique and memorable sounds.

"Moving, inventive and consistently exhibiting a talented musical sensitivity. Outstanding musicality and expertise performing in many musical styles."

— Michael Tilson Thomas
11-Time Grammy Award Winning Conductor
Music Director and Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony
Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra

"Outstanding, creative violinist and talented composer who delivers excellent musical results. Versatile and expressive with an ear for catchy melodies."

— Jorge Meijia
CEO and President of Sony/ATV Latin and U.S. Latin Publishing

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255 Reviews - 33 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kyle Kirkpatrick
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    I love working with Nathan! He is very professional, can turn around projects quickly, and is a great communicator. I'll most definitely be working with him again.

  2. Review by Marco P.
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    Amazing musician. Do not look further.

  3. Review by Arrik B.
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    Such an incredible artist and instrumentist!! 10/10!!

  4. Review by Arianna O'Dell
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    Great mastering job - recommend Nathaniel for all your music needs!

  5. Review by Bobby John
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    Nathaniel is a SUPER PRO!!! Amazing track to work with, clear instruction, super awesome vibe, mega talent, and the nicest human ever :) Would work with any day and you should too! Easy 6/5!!

  6. Review by Andy Blunda
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    Excellent violinist and violist. Was able to provide the strings tracks I needed in a short amount of time. Highly recommend!

  7. Review by George
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    Nathaniel is very professional and very very patient always make sure you are completely satisfied and above all Nathaniel is very kind
    definitely will work together in my next project

  8. Review by Rob Murray
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    Always great!

  9. Review by Logan N
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    Nathaniel's strings is always rich in tone and beautiful. It lifted the entire track up. Highly recommended Nathaniel if you need beautiful strings to colour your song

  10. Review by Rob Murray
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    Always a pleasure!

  11. Review by Arianna O'Dell
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    Best string player and producer you'll find - highly recommend!

  12. Review by Kyle Kirkpatrick
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    Nathaniel is a truly talented player and I had a wonderful experience working with him. Great with feedback, his turnaround time on edits was lightning-fast, and his beautiful performance brought a new dimension to my score. 5 stars for sure, will be hiring again!

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    +1!

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  15. Review by Dylan Galvin
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    Incredibly skillful string player who can deliver an emotional performance with flawless technique every single time. This is as good as it gets for session players.

  16. Review by Rob Murray
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    Always the best!

  17. Review by Dylan Galvin
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    Nathaniel is a consummate professional. He is highly skilled, very communicative, precise in everything and he has an efficient turnaround. He took an entire series of MIDI violin parts and re-recorded them. The difference in the track in incredible. The track is alive and musical now. I recommend him for anyone in need of string parts, pizzicato, spiccato, legato, viola, cello, violin.....he nailed them all!

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    I have worked with Nathaniel on several projects and I am always impressed with his high quality and timely input. He is very intuitive and extremely capable. I look forward to our next project.

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    +1!

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Interview with Nathaniel Wolkstein

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

  2. A: In addition to all my clients, I'm working on my solo project "Just Nathaniel", which you can find on Spotify or Apple Music. https://open.spotify.com/artist/4T2hvvBhDw7uBtB3e1ckvB?si=dvedlryxQqOP1YCWPvuniA

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

  4. A: You will be 100% happy and excited by what I come up with. I've worked with over 450 clients in-studio and remotely, and I've never had anyone walk away not excited and happy about what I brought to their song or production.

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

  6. A: The first thing I do with all clients is to listen. I like to listen and hear about exactly what YOU are trying to get out of your project, and what you would like out of our collaboration. I have 20 years of classical training and professional orchestral experience, so I have spent a great deal of time learning to listen, mold myself, and help others sound and be their best. Most of the time I am recording lush strings parts, along with solo string parts to really create a sonic experience of an orchestra, string quartet or solo string instrument.

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

  8. A: 20+ years of professional orchestral performing experience and a very intensive classical training my entire life.

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

  10. A: Since I'm a classically trained violinist and musician of more than 20 years, I've been exposed to nearly all kinds of music and have a fluency and understanding that enables me to be the perfect working partner on any genre including pop, rock, EDM, jazz, folk, classical, cinematic, hip hop, rap and more!

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: My violin is made by Thomas Oliver Croen, a three-time gold medal winner of the International Violin Society of America annual competition. My violin and viola both have a rich, dark and brilliant tone that lends them to all kinds of music styles and projects. To record my instruments, I use a vintage Neumann M582 tube mic and an AKG C414 XLII to perfectly capture their warmth and clarity.

  13. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  14. A: Listening and musical experience. I'm a very good listener and I always figure out exactly what my clients want from me, and then deliver a product that is better than they could ever imagine. I utilize my lifetime of intensive classical training to guide my detail-oriented work, and my love and passion of ALL music to inject everything I do with life, brilliance and joy.

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Gear Highlights
  • RME Fireface UCX II | Neve 1073 Analog Preamp | Neumann M582 Tube Mic | AKG C414 XLII | 2 award-winning Violins | 1 Viola | 1 Cello
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