Nathaniel Wolkstein

violinist, composer, producer

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I've been handpicked by conductors of the San Francisco Symphony and London Symphony to be a concertmaster, soloist and leader. I have over a decade of studio and session experience, so when you hire me, you're getting the best possible session player. Very well versed in all genres including pop, rock, indie, jazz, classical, hip-hop, rap, folk.

My audio samples speak louder than anything I could say...take a listen!

Recent Clients: Chicago's Adler Planetarium, Miami's Frost Museum of Science, UC Santa Barbara's Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential, The Knight Foundation, Miami International Film Festival, Saturday Night Live, Ogilvy and 160+ more.

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

- Michael Tilson Thomas

Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra

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"Outstanding, creative violinist and talented composer who delivers excellent musical results."

- Jorge Mejia

President of Sony Latin and U.S. Latin

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25 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Stephen
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    Nathaniel is a great instrumentalist. Someone who I truly trust musically working with and a loyal client!

  2. Review by Thomas
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    Nathaniel is a true talent and professional. He is communicative, organized, and still open to creative input. I highly recommend woking with him!

  3. Review by Logan N.
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    Nathaniel mixed an acoustic song for me and the result is very nice. Clean sound and he brought out the different part of the guitar at difference places to support the vocal. He's so passionate and talented, and I've decided to put his name against all my future projects.

  4. Review by Logan N.
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    Gave Nathaniel a little brief and an little song. The result is mind blowing. I'm speechless listening to his arrangement, so much energy, passion, and feelings in a song. EPIC.

  5. Review by Josef S.
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    Nathaniel is a joy to work with! He is extremly talented, kind and fast.
    Probably one of the best profiles on this site!

  6. Review by Logan N.
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    Amazing talent with a great personality to match. Nathaniel is a fine, talented musician and I am so blessed to have him arrange my song. He'll add layers and layers to your music with light and shade, and take your song on a awesome unforgettable journey of sounds and feelings.

  7. Review by Thomas
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    Nathaniel is an absolute joy to work with. He is such an undeniably talented composer. His works always are tasteful, moving, and intentional - and its honestly a pleasure to sing for him. I HIGHLY recommend working with him!

  8. Review by Olyver Q.
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    Extremely talented composer and musician. Nathaniel is very personable and full of creativity. He takes great pride in his work and provides excellent results. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by Thomas
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    Nathaniel's works are extremely musical, moving, and a real treat to get to sing on! I honestly look forward to working with him, and he's as professional and kind as you could ever hope for in a collaborator. Highly recommend working with him!

  10. Review by Thomas
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    Nathaniel sent me an absolute STUNNER of a song. Extremely talented composer/writer/musician and I highly recommend working with him if given the chance!

  11. Review by Stephen
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    Always a pleasure working with Nathaniel. He knows exactly what he wants and lets you also experiment on the song. Each piece is a work of art and beautifully played. I look forward to the next song!

  12. Review by Adam G.
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    Amazing musician! Will continue working with him on all future projects :)

  13. Review by Adam G.
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    Nathaniel was absolutely delightful to work with. He’s got an amazing ear and really brings a whole new element to the music. I would recommend him to anyone that wants a fast, effiecient, and creative collaborator!

  14. Review by Stephen
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    As always Nathaniel gives me a beautiful song to sing and record. I love working on this material and I'm very excited for many more projects together!

  15. Review by Coop
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    Nathaniel is a consummate professional. Always going above and beyond to meet my needs. I can be very picky and he's always been more than glad to help me get the sound I desire no matter how much back and forth messaging it takes. He delivered very quickly, which is very important in the work that I'm doing. I look forward to working with him again soon.

  16. Review by Stephen
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    Nathaniel is such a great musician! So easy to work with, which is very important. He knew exactly what he wanted but is so fair with recording. Letting you as a provider really take your time to perfect your vision within the project. I love working with him and I cannot wait to do 100's of more projects together. :-)

  17. Review by Bobby
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    Nathaniel is fantastic! Quick to respond, gives all files needed for gig, clear instruction, easy to work with, you name it! Would work any time for him and highly recommend!

  18. Review by Bobby
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    Just awesome! Easy to work with. Direct with what he's looking for. All files needed to do the job and quick to reply.High recommend, would work for any time.

  19. Review by Stephen
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    What an exceptional instrumentalist and talent. I sincerely enjoyed working with Nathaniel on this. The creativity and intuition he put into my string arrangement, was quite honestly stunning. I will 100% be working with him again!

  20. Review by Bobby
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    Nathaniel was awesome. Straight forward instruction on what he wanted. Gave all files needed to get job done. No delays. Paid quick upon completion. Would work for him and his team any time again!

  21. Review by Ben
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    Nathaniel is one of the best people I have connected with on SoundBetter, unbelievably talented and a great guy. Highly recommend you work with him if given the chance!

  22. Review by Stephen
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    A brilliant production and a top client! I can't wait to finish this project and more!

  23. Review by Ola B.
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    Nathaniel added violin-layers to our song "Walking" and we got what we wanted: a nice warm landscape of strings. He´s reliable and fast-working and easy to work with.

  24. Review by Ola B.
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    It was (and is) a pleasure to work with Nathaniel. He played violin on our song Paradise and did a remarkable job on the second half of the song (I´d say 6 stars out of 5) and the first half was a solid 4 out of 5 (but it´s still work in progress, so we´ll probably end up on a top score). Just as important are the communication skills and being able to deliver on time, and Nathaniel is very reliable in both of those areas. Highly Recommended!

  25. Review by Ben
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    I've worked with Nathaniel a few times now and wanted to add a little further to my other review, his composition skills/quality of work are above and beyond and I highly recommend you work with him!

Interview with Nathaniel Wolkstein

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

  2. A: I composed a film score which was selected to be apart of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. I also have composed original scores for planetariums, science museums and more. I love making music for podcasts, radio, songs and more as well!

  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 100 clients in studio and remotely, and I've never had anyone underwhelmed or not overtly excited about my work.

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

  6. A: I would say listen to my samples, and you'll see that I'm incredibly well rounded and at the level where I can fit into any project and only enhance it, not take away from it!

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

  8. A: I have played with professional orchestras for about 14 years and have a plethora of experience performing in large and small ensembles, both in orchestral settings as well as rock band settings (I play the guitar, bass, drums and more as well!)

  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 15 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, jazz, folk, classical, cinematic, hip hop, rap and more!

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Listening. Finding out exactly what my clients want from me, and then delivering that better than they could ever imagine.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. 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 beautiful instrument is valued at over $25,000 and has a rich, dark brilliance which lends itself to all kinds of music styles and projects. To record my instrument, I use preamps such as the Neve 1073, Studer 800 and the LA-2A. I use an AKG C414 mic to perfectly capture the brilliance, clarity and warmth of all my instruments.

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

  16. 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 15 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.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Williams
  • Hans Zimmer
  • Sleeping At Last
Gear Highlights
  • I play a beautiful violin valued at $25K. I record with the Neumann M582 and AKG C414 and use Neve pre amps.
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