If it's real strings that you want, Nick Jones is the man to get on your team. Nick has complete control over his instruments. He is able to create a realistic string quartet sound-scape, using both his violin and his viola. He is just as comfortable reproducing a scripted part, as he is playing a part that we might come up with on the spot during the recording session. Nick is a violin teacher by trade, so he knows his stuff.
Nick is a New Zealand born and bred musician. Since the age of 4, Nick has been trained classically on the violin and piano, competing successfully in local and national competitions since age 9. Nick studied violin at university and Graduated through the New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelor of Music, with Honours majoring in Jazz Performance. Nick has been teaching contemporary classical piano for the Auckland School of Rock since 2008 in Auckland, and teaching Suzuki violin privately. He also works as a session musician recording piano and violin for several albums, and as a professional musician. "I take my music very seriously and allow myself to be emotionally involved with my music when performing. A musician shouldn't just play the notes on the page mechanically, but to truly listen and feel every note, communicate the personality of the piece of music.
Nick performs and records a broad range of music styles/genres: Classical, Folk, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Electronica. When performing professionally, he covers instrumental interpretations of popular classic works from well known operas and other timeless musical classics, to modern pop and rock songs (originally sung) but interpreted on the violin or piano.
He has featured on several albums playing violin, piano or bass guitar. He has a vast knowledge of music theory and performance techniques on his main instruments, violin, piano and bass.