Nathaniel Wolkstein

Film Composer | Live Strings

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Full-time composer, classically trained violinist, mixing engineer and producer who has worked with Sony Music, Universal Music Group 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 have collaborated with top record labels, independent artists and labels and have worked on feature length films, short films, video games, theatrical productions, commercial ads, podcasts 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 and my productions utilize live instruments to create unique and memorable sounds.

When you work with me, you're guaranteed to walk away from the experience inspired and excited about what we just created!

For more music samples and information visit NathanielWolkstein.com

"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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221 Reviews - 31 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Zemar R.
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    Gave us a beautiful, very well recorded arrangement. Couldn't ask for anything more 🙏🏽

  2. Review by Martin
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    Once again Nathaniel went above and beyond. A great violinist and a pleasure to work with.

  3. Review by Martin
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    Second time working with Nathaniel. This time, in addition to the wonderful playing, I was equally impressed with the the speed of delivery.

  4. Review by Shehrose
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    Nathaniel, as usual, produces excellent orchestral work and musical thought! Looking forward to more collaborations in the future :)

  5. Review by Rob Murray
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    Another one!

  6. Review by Eetu V.
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    Nathaniel is really talented with the violin. I really recommend hiring him :)!!

  7. Review by Rob Murray
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    +1!

  8. Review by NIGHTFLOOR
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    Nathaniel is incredible ! He did something very special and not easy to work on a song talking about the dead...Wish a lot of people will enjoy our work. Nathaniel is very professional and works quickly. I recommand ! Don't hesitate ! Nightfloor

  9. Review by Rob Murray
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    Always fantastic!

  10. Review by Martin
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    A true pleasure working with Nathaniel. A great violinist with a rich tone and an attentive ear. The first draft was perfect.

  11. Review by Rob Murray
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    Always a pleasure!

  12. Review by Ilari Hylkila
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    Nathaniel is a highly professional, dedicated, and friendly violinist and violist.
    I needed a real string section and solo violin stems for my Christmas love song. I received beautiful recordings from Nathaniel. For music projects requiring string sections or solo violinists, I highly recommend him.

  13. Review by Daniel A.
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    Everyone leaves reviews on this site... but this is a REAL ONE! Seriously, hire Nathaniel! He ELEVATES the track! Exceptional work. Stop everything and hire him now!

  14. Review by George W.
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    It was so easy working with Nathaniel. He was patient and delivered a few revisions until we got exactly what I was after. His playing and strings arrangement was stunning and has transformed my song. It was an absolute pleasure working with him.

  15. Review by Don S.
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    As always, I greatly appreciate Nathaniel’s extraordinary talent and stellar contribution - it is a pleasure to work with him.

  16. Review by Shehrose.a.mian
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    Collaborating with Nathaniel has been a dream come true; he is professional, patient, delivers high-quality work embraced with love. It would be a great honor to work with him again.

  17. Review by Daniel A.
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    ABSOLUTELY STUNNING strings! Highly recommend!

  18. Review by Jesse Barrera
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    Nathaniel was so incredible to work with! He went above and beyond with multiple versions and revisions to get the record exactly where we wanted. Great communication and timely delivery. Such a pro.

  19. Review by Shehrose.a.mian
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    Nathaniel is a dedicated, patient, emotionally intelligent, and superbly talented composer and multi-instrumentalist. I cherish the experience working with him so far and hope to continue working with him to help refine and express musical ideas that I believe ought to be shared.

  20. Review by Sabr Alptekin
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    As always it was a pleasure working with you my friend!

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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I was the Composer, Producer, Recording/Mixing Engineer and Session Musician in this production

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  • My award-winning modern violin valued at $25k is warm and brilliant. My rich and dark viola adds even more color and depth to my strings. I record in a dry room with a vintage Neumann M582 tube mic and an AKG C414 XLII.
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