Volodymyr Kotliarov

Cellist, string quartet

8 Reviews
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Hello! I'm Volodymyr, an accomplished cellist and arranger from Ukraine. I currently working as a cellist in the L'viv Opera Studio Orchestra and Luhansk Philharmonic Orchestra (based in L`viv). Additionally, I'm the founder and a member of the instrumental rock band ROCKOKO since 2012.

Over the span of 12 years in the music industry, I've actively participated in recording 6 music albums alongside Ukrainian artists. Additionally, I've engaged in more than 300 projects with artists from around the world. My live performances have taken me across 300 concerts in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, and Germany.

What can you expect from my services?

I'll serve as your dedicated cellist. I'm ready to either record the cello part based on your sheet music or create my own improvisation. Feel free to ask any questions you may have; I'm here to assist you. Let the music guide us!

Moreover, having orchestrated over 500 arrangements for string quartets, I possess the capability to create and record a highly professional live string quartet for your song. Alongside my talented and experienced friends, a violinist and a violist, we can create something truly exquisite. Share your song with me, and together we'll make it an invaluable gem!

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Tom Lugoloobi
    by Tom Lugoloobi

    It was pleasure to colaborate with Volodymyr. We performed together many times. He is a professional musisian. He is a great arranger as well. Volodymyr provided wonderful arrangements for the symphonic orchestra that was involved in recording of the album Poety.

  2. Review by Pedro Silva
    by Pedro Silva

    I have worked with Volodymyr on several projects through the years and can confirm he is the best of the best when it comes to Cello. Tracks are pitch perfect, well recorded and, most important, musical, lyrical and appropriate to the theme and mood of the piece. He is masterful player, but also a brilliant composer. A++++ Pro

  3. Review by Vito
    by Vito

    The playing of Volodymyr Kotliarov's cello resembles the beauty of a wolf's howl on a full moon night...

  4. Review by John Ferris
    by John Ferris

    As a composer, I find Volodymyrs' skillset is far above average. I am a vocalist here in the USA and he has composed orchestration for two of my bands songs, which sound amazing. I would most definately recommend Volodymyr Kotliarov to bring your music to the next level. And his compositions are very colorful, loaded with feeling and well written. Check out his band Rococo.

  5. Review by Cassia H.

    Collaborating with Volodymyr (aka The Arrangerr) is always smooth and easy. Basically, I send him my track and he does his magic and sends me back an absolutely gorgeous cello accompaniment. He plays with heart, always taking my music to the next level. Very grateful that I have been able to draw on his expertise and experience for a number of songs. Can't be happier with the results. Highly recommended!

  6. Review by Jason Prefontaine
    by Jason Prefontaine

    Volodymyr is an incredible musician. I have had the pleasure of working with him on several projects and he always blows me away with his gift!! A true artist!!

  7. Review by John Giles
    by John Giles

    An amazingly talented composer and cellist. Has an incredible eye for a composition. Highly recommended for any orchestration work that you need done

  8. Review by Rawlins
    by Rawlins

    Wolfy is a fabulous cellist and cellist, i highly recommended him

Interview with Volodymyr Kotliarov

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

  2. A: One of my standout accomplishments is my collaboration with the vocal quartet Anthem4 from LA. Enhancing their songs with cello parts was a truly beautiful experience. Additionally, I take pride in the first album of my band ROCKOKO, where I contribute as a cellist and co-composer.

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

  4. A: Now I`m working on my new album with my band ROCKOKO

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

  6. A: Being new here, I regretfully don't have any recommendations to offer at the moment.

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

  8. A: - Can you do that? - Yes :)

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

  10. A: I think it`s very clearly explained what I`m doing.

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

  12. A: Since music is an inherently personal and subjective experience, always rely on your heart and individual taste.

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

  14. A: Laptop, Starlink, solar battery - for work and music creation. Axe - for crafting various tools, and a cauldron for cooking.

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

  16. A: I embarked on my cello journey at the age of 7 back in 1993. My initial involvement with a band as a cellist began in 2005. Since then, I've been an integral part of various Ukrainian bands, contributing to the creation of 6 albums. Through freelance platforms, I've also completed over 300 projects, collaborating with artists from around the globe.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Symphonic rock with the romantic feeling

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

  20. A: My aspiration is to collaborate with renowned rock or metal bands and artists such as Rammstein, Poets of the Fall, Sting, or Tarja Turunen. My ultimate goal is to establish myself as a performer who tours alongside exceptional bands and artists.

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

  22. A: Listen the different music and practice more!

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

  24. A: Usually I work on easy listening music: acoustic guitar, piano, easy drums. But I prefer heavy metal and rock songs!

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Responsibility. Recognizing that your song could find its place on charts, in movies, on streaming platforms, or other public media, I approach each recording with unwavering commitment. I'm willing to invest multiple days and countless takes to achieve the best outcome. I can assure you that your satisfaction with the final result is my top priority.

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

  28. A: To initiate the process, I require the seller to provide a song for me to work with. After carefully listening and analyzing the piece, I take the time to practice it multiple times. Subsequently, I set up the recording process by activating the Ableton recording software on my computer. I connect the microphone to the cello and use headphones with the sound card. Working in a soundproofed room ensures that external noise is eliminated. During the recording, I perform several takes, allowing me to select the most optimal one. Once the recording is complete, I send the cello recordings to the customer in WAV format. This approach guarantees a high-quality outcome for every project.

  29. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  30. A: I prefer digital cause it`s compact and no need a lot of space.

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

  32. A: Perfect pitch and best quality. You will be satisfied!

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

  34. A: Meeting new people with theirs music. It`s always interesting to find something new.

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

  36. A: How do you plan to use this song?

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

  38. A: The cello, being a truly unique instrument with an expansive range, allows me to infuse a song with a diverse array of emotions and accentuate its most significant qualities. Whether it's adding a touch of sadness, humor, or melancholy, the cello has the power to transform a composition. With its remarkable capabilities, the cello can indeed elevate a song to the status of a precious gem.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: The most important (and expensive) part of my studio is microphone for the cello - DPA 4099. This instrument condenser microphone made special for cello with special characteristics. Also I use: Soundcard - Steinberg UR22mkII Studio monitors - M-Audio BX5 D3 Software where I making recordings - Ableton Live 11

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

  42. A: The Finnish cello band Apocalyptica is the first to come to mind. Comprising three skilled cellists with distinct personalities, they collectively form a group of exceptional musicians. Additionally, I'm drawn to the captivating performances of rock bands accompanied by live symphonic orchestras. I also find inspiration in cellists who have made their mark in the pop sphere, such as Hauser, Tina Guo, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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

  44. A: I specialize in enhancing songs by adding cello parts. Clients send me the song with their own written sheet music or I can do an improvisations. Regardless of the approach, I strive to capture the song's mood and contribute something truly valuable to the composition.

Worbay and Farell - Telesto

I was the session cellist in this production

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- 3 days turnaround time (or less)
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GenresSounds Like
  • Apocalyptica
  • Tina Guo
Gear Highlights
  • DPA 4099c Instrument Condenser Microphone
  • UR 22mkII soundcard
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