Jonathan Hill

Session Violinist and violist

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I can play/record anything on the violin or viola.

I'm a session violinist with 30 years experience appearing on over 2000 recordings and 3 Billion Streams. I have recorded classical, pop, folk, film and theatre music for all the major labels and was the principal violinist of Les Miserables, London for a decade. I was a signed artist with EMI classics. I have a fully equipped home recording studio inc Neve, Neumann and Apollo. In my home studio I have recorded solo violin and full strings for Netflix, Ministry of Sound, Disney and Amazon Prime and will feature as the solo violin on over 30 trailers in 2022 inc. First Lady (official trailer out on YouTube) https://youtu.be/j36nGWGC5FI

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5 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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    Very professional, fast and reliable. Thanks.

  2. Review by Marco P.
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    Incredibly gifted. Everything I was looking for in a performance!

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    One of the best musicans I worked with. From calssical to modern productions. Really talented.

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    Really impressed with the turnaround time and the quality of these strings! Highly recommended.

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    Excellent Excellent Excellent.
    Highly recommended.
    Thank you so much.

Interview with Jonathan Hill

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

  2. A: I recorded for GearBox records a 'straight to vinyl' solo album on a $10000000 Stradivarius violin made in 1697.

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

  4. A: I'm currently working on 10 trailer tracks for Netflix/Amazon/Disney plus 8 tracks for Library and a few pop tracks.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: digital as that is what is required these days, but I do love an analogue sound.

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

  8. A: you won't get better.

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

  10. A: everything.

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

  12. A: do I enjoy their tracks.

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

  14. A: that it's easy or impossible. Tracking up strings to a chamber orchestra is very possible and realistic... if done well. Hence it is NOT easy.

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

  16. A: what they require for the project.

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

  18. A: have everything ready but don't panic if we need to discuss anything. I'm pretty flexible. I just love recording.

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

  20. A: my favourite violin and bow. plus a music stand. a microphone. recording equipment. and a beer.

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

  22. A: I've been in the industry for 30 years as a professional violinist.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I'm an excellent mimic of violin styles and sounds so am comfortable in all genres.

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

  26. A: Jascha Heifetz as he was the greatest violinist of all time.

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

  28. A: always have strings

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

  30. A: I work on everything from film to pop to classical and everything in between when asked.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I have perfect pitch and am expert at violin and viola.

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

  34. A: I bring the entire string section to a song if that is what is required but I'm happy to just play top line.

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

  36. A: I receive the .wav plus embedded midi preferably already in a Logic project but I'm fine with just a wav file guide and click marking.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have Neumann Mic's, a Neve 4081 pre amp and an Apollo X4 interface.

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

  40. A: I've worked with many industry professionals and try to learn off them all.

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

  42. A: I generally record all the strings requested by the client and edit if necessary. Then export with no effects so that they can mix and produce.

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Lark Ascending by Vaughan-Williams

I was the Solo violinist and chamber orchestra and engineer in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Jascha Heifetz
  • Nathan Milstein
  • Joshua Bell
Gear Highlights
  • 2x Neumann U87ai
  • 1x Neumann TLM102
  • 1x Vintage Ribbon
  • Neve 4081 pre amp
  • Apollo X4 interface
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