Volodymyr Kotliarov

Session cellist, arranger

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Hello! My name is Volodymyr, I am experienced cellist from Ukraine and I will turn your song into the jewelry.

During 12 years of working in the music industry, I participated in the recording of 6 music albums with Ukrainian artists and took a part in more than 200 Projects with different artists around the world.
I played around 300 concerts in Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Germany.
Nowadays I`m a cellist in Lviv "Polyphonia" String orchestra since 2009 and I am a founder and member of instrumental rock-band ROCKOKO since 2012.

What I suggest in this gig?

I will be your personal cello player. Will play from your sheet music or do my own improvisation. My cello equipped with high quality mic DPA4099 and pick-up with guitar processor, so you can get a traditional cello HQ sound or something special and really heavy! (incl. reverb, octaver, distortion or overdrive!)
Let the music be your pilot!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

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: My best work is collaboration with vocal quartet which calls Anthem4 from LA. There is 4 singers and piano. I was adding my cello parts for theirs songs. It was absolutely beautiful.

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

  4. A: I`m working on couple of orchestrations and 2 song for the recording.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. A: Can you do that? Yes :)

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

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

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

  16. A: As music it`s very individual thing which depends on taste - trust your heart

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

  18. A: laptop, Starlink, sun battery, axe and cauldron

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

  20. A: I started to play cello when I was 7 in 1993. First involving to the band as cellist was in 2005. From that time I played in several Ukrainian bands, have 4 albums. During the freelance platforms I have more than 200 projects with different artists around the world

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Symphonic rock

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

  24. A: I would like to work with some famous rock or metal band or artist - like Rammstein, Poets of the fall, Sting or Tarja Turunen. Cause I want to became a performer who touring with band/artist.

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

  26. A: Practice more!

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

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

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: Responsibility. I understand that this song may end up on the charts, in movies, on streaming platforms or other public media. That's why I'm working hard on the record. It may even take several days and several hundred takes. But I promise that you will be satisfied with the result!

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

  32. A: As cello is very unique instrument with a large range I can bring to a song big spectrum of emotions, emphasize its most important features. Make sadder, funnier or melancholic. Cello really can turn the song into a jewelry.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. 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

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

  36. A: The first band which inspiring me - it`s a Finnish cello band Apocalyptica. There is 3 professional cellists with different personalities, but all of them are really good musicians. I also like when rock-bands performing theirs music with live symphonic orchestra. I like 'pop starts' cellists like Hauser, Tina Guo and Yo-Yo Ma as well.

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

  38. A: I adding cello part to the songs which customers sending me. There could be theirs written sheet music or I can do an improvisation. In any case I`m trying to follow the song`s mood and compose something really valuable.


Terms Of Service

I allow 2 revisions and 3 days delivery.

GenresSounds Like
  • Apocalyptica
  • Tina Guo
Gear Highlights
  • DPA 4099c Instrument Condenser Microphone
  • UR 22mkII soundcard
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