Joe Deninzon

Violin, viola, string section.

21 Reviews (18 Verified)
Joe Deninzon on SoundBetter

I'm a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist specializing in recording and arranging strings. I'm also the violinist, rhythm, guitarist, and background vocalist in the band Kansas. I play acoustic and electric violin, viola, and chin cello. I am also good at editing music and tuning vocals. Hit me up for your project!

Hi, my name is Joe. I can record a one-man string section in my home studio. I'm the violinist, rhythm guitarist, and background vocalist in the classic rock band, Kansas. I also lead my original band, Stratospheerius. My main instrument is violin (acoustic or 7-string electric), but I also play viola, cello, mandolin, guitar, electric bass, and I sing. I have written over 200 string arrangements and compositions, and have 25 years experience as a freelancer, string contractor, and session musician in New York. I have recorded string parts for hundreds of jingles, indy projects, video game and movie soundtracks. I'm classically trained with a Master's Degree in jazz and classical violin performance, and am fluent in a variety of genres including rock, country, folk, pop, & hip hop. Let me help realize your musical vision!

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21 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jacob G.

    Joe is an excellent violinist and a great partner to collaborate with. He brought my song to a whole new level!

  2. Review by Elaine E.

    Is there nothing musically that this man can't do? The range of musical styles in the songs for my musical went from sultry jazz to full orchestra/ full cast classical style to the tenderest of love songs between the prodigal son and his father. Joe captured the emotion and the intention flawlessly for every song he worked on. I don't know how he does it. So many times the beauty of his work brought me to tears. Sorry this review is late, but an unexpected hospital stay upended my schedule.

  3. Review by Elaine E.

    Joe Deninzon is the consummate professional. He is highly skilled and listened carefully to my input for every song. In retrospect, though, I wish I had the wisdom to just stay out of things and let Joe's intuitive artistry have total freedom. When I did that, he created what my musically-gifted friend aptly called "achingly beautiful" work. I hope he has the available time to work on the rest of my songs.

  4. Review by Ann H.
    by Ann H.

    Joe did a fantastic job! Quick and professional.

  5. Review by Sean Healy

    The violin is absolutely beautiful, I really love Joe's take on the song, it enhances it a lot!

    Amazing performance on this track, highly recommend Joe.

  6. Review by Stefan W.

    Joe is one of the best string section players I’ve ever heard. Great communication and top notch delivery, too. Highly recommended!

  7. Review by Arinjoy S.

    Joe Deninzon is one of the best people you can work with as far as strings is concerned. He just understood our vibe right away and the very first option he gave us was what we exactly wanted!! How cool is that!

  8. Review by Larry J.

    Joe is an amazing musician/composer/arranger. Additionally, he has great ears and adds so much color with his string arrangements. I look forward to working with Joe again in the near future.

  9. Review by Claire M.

    Joe is a master at his craft. It was absolutely an honor and privilege to work with someone so talented and professional. Joe made our songs come to life in a way that we didn't know was possible. We had extremely high expectations, and Joe far exceeded them. I highly recommend Joe to anyone looking to add strings to their tracks. You will not be disappointed!

  10. Review by Dave B.

    Super Impressed with Joe, fast turnaround, great interpretation of my needs and over delivered. If you're looking for authentic, and BIG sounding strings, he's definitely your guy...

  11. Review by Alexander Gilblom

    -great communication
    -great ear/performances
    -great recording quality
    -very patient with both of my requests for edits

    What else is there to say? It's been a pleasure working with Joe to get a string section for my new song. I highly recommend working with Joe.

  12. Review by Alin
    by Alin

    very fast response time, very good rec quality, highly recommended !

  13. Review by Philips C.

    Joe is a true virtuoso! His touch to the song is simply angelic. Coming back for sure.

  14. Review by Barak N.

    Joe is a true professional with great communication, fast revisions, and great musicianship. I look forward to working with him again in the future

  15. Review by Mats S.

    Just had the most amazing experience working with Joe. His rare intuition for what kind of string arrangement i looked for and the song needed is something you seldom have the fortune to benefit from. He arranged, send me mock up strings to feedback on and laid down over30 layers of strings in just 2-3 days - and - the performance and sound is simply outstanding. Pure magic!

  16. Review by Felix F.

    Joes String tracks sound super good. His tone is really sweet and he triple records each voice with a slightly different timbre. That makes the sound really lush and wide. Thanks!

  17. Review by Demo
    by Demo

    Joe was the consummate professional on the two songs we partnered on. I was very impressed with his creativity and execution. Needless to say, I highly recommend Joe.

  18. Review by zorznijor

    Delivered exactly what I asked for, was easy to work with, and sounds great!

  19. Review by Hughes Taylor
    by Hughes Taylor

    I had an opportunity to write and produce a new song outside of my main genre to be recorded by another artist. From the beginning, I knew I wanted strings to be incorporated, but knew nothing about string recording and arranging.
    After listening to my demo track, Joe was able to ask the right questions about the musical direction and impact I was after, and quickly translate my guidance into the perfect string quartet arrangement that really elevated the song. He was professional from start to finish and even took the time to discuss options for the song over a pleasant phone call.

  20. Review by Aaron Paul Low
    by Aaron Paul Low

    Joe is my go-to for all things violin. He is easily the best technical performer I have worked with and also has a knack for finding the right sound for the right occasion. I'm consistently impressed with his ability to remotely record strings with studio quality and precision. He also presents opportunities for multi-tracking using multiple violins for a fuller ensemble sound without the need to hire multiple performers. Highly recommended.

Interview with Joe Deninzon

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

  2. A: My band Stratospheerius just released a single called "Storm Surge," which featured guest vocals by Michael Sadler (the lead singer of Canadian prog band Saga), the blind pianist/flutist Rachel Flowers, guitarist Fernando Perdomo (you can see him in with Jacob Dylan in the "Echo in the Canyon" movie), and Ruti Celli on cello. I co-wrote, produced the track, and edited the video. This was one of the most creatively rewarding projects I've ever done and the group of people was amazing to work with!

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

  4. A: I have a client who is a film composer working on his own indy songwriter project looking for a string section sound. I also have a blues artist who is doing an intimate acoustic singer/songwriter record and wants a string quartet. I am also mixing a live record of my band, Stratospheerius and simultaneously writing and recording original material for our next studio album.

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

  6. A: Bob Magnussen is a great woodwind player who plays all the saxes, oboe, flute, and clarinet. He can do for woodwinds what I do for strings. Many decades experience working with some of the greatest musicians on the planet. Another one is Danny Flam. Great brass multi-instrumentalist and friend/colleague. You can hear his work on Kanye West's Grammy-winning song, "All of the Lights."

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Either.

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

  10. A: I will work with you until your musical vision is realized. I got the extra mile for clients I work with. If I'm hearing something extra that I think will enhance the music, I will always lay it down to give you as many options as possible, even if you choose to leave out some things in the end.

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

  12. A: I love working at home in my "musical man cave." I always get excited about being able to provide a service for anyone in the world because of the magic of technology. I love collaborating with artists, making people happy, and making a living being creative.

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

  14. A: Can you send me a demo of something you have done representative of what I'm trying to do with my project? Yes. What do you charge? It depends on whether it's a solo part or layered, whether the arrangement is pre-written or has to be composed, and if you are looking to do one song or a whole album. Once I have assessed everything, I put a proposal together and try to work within the client's budget.

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

  16. A: People don't realize how long it takes to layer string parts and get them perfect, the level of detail I go into. I will never put out a sub-par product and work to make sure the client is happy with the finished product.

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

  18. A: 1) Are you looking for a solo or string ensemble? Acoustic or electric? 2) How many songs are you looking to record? 3) What is the timeline/deadline for your project? 4) Who are your influences and can you send me a demo or a rough mix of what you are working on?

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

  20. A: To record strings under normal circumstances, one has to hire an engineer, an arranger, rent a studio, and hire string players, depending on the scope of the project. The costs can go well into thousands of dollars. I can provide a full string section sound at a fraction of that cost. I do the engineering, the arranging, and all the playing. I have worked with artists, engineers, and producers at the top of the field and would be happy to provide references.

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

  22. A: Assuming there is electricity on the island (lol) I would say my 7-String Viper, my acoustic 4 an 5-string violins, my 4-string "Magic Fluke" mandolin, my Guild acoustic guitar.

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

  24. A: I have two Bachelor's degrees in Jazz and Classical violin from Indiana University and a Master's in Jazz/Commercial violin from Manhattan School of Music. I have been working professionally in New York as a freelance string player for 22 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: My original music is electric violin-driven progressive rock, but in my work as a sideman, I play a lot of jazz, classical, pop, Broadway and folk music from all over the world. As a freelance musician, you have to be versatile to survive. When recording with the electric violin, I love being a sonic architect and experimenting with hundreds of effects to change the texture from section to section in a song.

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

  28. A: It would be hard to choose just one. I would say Paul McCartney because he is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and seems like he would be a very creative and inspiring person to work with.

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

  30. A: When layering strings, I like to create the effect of a large string section in a room, so I vary the mic placement, change instruments, and change bows from take to take to make the sound different.

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

  32. A: Rock, jazz, classical, folk, country, pop, hip hop.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Recording and writing string parts, especially acoustic and electric violin.

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

  36. A: I try to compliment the song with the parts I contribute. Enhancing the emotional arc of the music while respecting the artist's vision. My goal is to elevate the music to another level and respect the story it is trying to tell.

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

  38. A: 1) I have a consultation with the client to discuss their project. 2) Client sends me rough mixes and I put together a proposal. 3) Client sends me click track, wav files of reference mixes, and an optional "speak along" track where they talk through, or sing through melodic ideas for an arrangement over their track(s) 4) I record a basic version of my arrangement and send client reference mix against the track. 5) Once approved, I layer the strings, if this is what the client wants. 6) If requests are reasonable, I am happy to make tweaks and changes.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a Neuman TLM 103 as my main recording mic. My instruments include a traditional 4-string acoustic violin built bu Itzak Perlman's luthier, a 5-string acoustic, a viola, a "chin" cello for cello parts, a Mark Wood Viper 7-string electric violin, a 4-string and an 8-string mandolin, a guild acoustic guitar, a Fender Jazz bass, and an Aria Pro electric guitar. My DAW of choice is Digital Performer.

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

  42. A: I have worked with legendary producers like Ray Chew, Jack Douglas, Nik Hard. I always get inspired by the work ethic and attention to detail that veterans in the business possess.

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

  44. A: It varies from project to project. Most often, clients ask me to record solo violin our mandolin. Oftentimes, I write and record string sections for clients, ranging from string trios and quartets to full layered string ensembles. I can do violin, viola, and cello parts all myself without the need to hire outside musicians, engineers, or arrangers. I play a 7-string electric violin and can put it through effects and make it sound insane! I also am the lead singer in my band, Stratospheerius, and play electric bass and guitar. While I'm mainly known as a string player, I can provide tracks on all of these instruments, and I am also good with editing and working as an arranger or copyist.

Dave Kerzner/Stratospheerius/Robert Bonfiglio/Joe Deninzon/Bella D.

I was the violinist, violist, cellist, string arranger, mandolinist in this production

Terms Of Service

Typical turnaround time up to 1 week. Number of revisions negotiable. String section costs range from $300-$500 depending on how many layers required (string qtet vs string orchestra, etc).

GenresSounds Like
  • Mark Wood
  • Stéphane Grappelli
  • Kansas
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann TLM 103
  • Focusrite Clarett
  • Digital Performer 10
  • Avalon Tube pre.
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Bulk discounts/album rates available for recordings of multiple songs. Discounts range from 15-25 percent.