Neoclassical Suite is a column that will present 7 recent, distinctive tracks of the neoclassical-modern classical-contemporary -and beyond!- music field. 

Note: All Bio/about sections provided/written by the artists.

The Players

Vanessa Marcoux

(neoclassical, orchestral)

“Vanessa Marcoux holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University (where she obtained the mention “Outstanding Achievement in Violin”) as well as a master’s degree in interpretation from the University of Montreal, in addition to having completed an advanced training course at the prestigious National Superior Conservatory of Lyon. She also completed a second bachelor’s degree in instrumental composition at the Université de Montréal, where she studied with Ana Sokolovic. She has received several grants and awards as a violinist and composer and regularly performs in concert as a soloist and chamber musician, both for the classical repertoire and for contemporary music and mixed music.

As a composer, she has written for a variety of ensembles, ranging from serious music to popular music, film music and children’s works. His works have been performed by various ensembles such as the Orchester Symphonique de Québec, the Orchester Symphonique de Sherbrooke and the duo Fortin-Poirier. She is also interested in musical improvisation and has taken several advanced courses in France, Germany and Canada. Sought after on the Montreal scene for her qualities as an improviser, she has to her credit several recordings for Canadian artists of international renown. She performed for several years with the group Oktopus, which received a Juno nomination as well as the Canadian Folk Music Awards for its second album. Hapax, published in 2017.” (Vanessa Marcoux)

Jakob Lindhagen

(neoclassical, cinematic, ambient)

“After millions of streams, a string of releases on various compilations and collaborations (alongside names like Balmorhea, Peter Broderick, The Album Leaf and Eluvium) and airtime on BBC, KEXP and Swedish National Radio, Stockholm-based composer Jakob Lindhagen is getting ready for his sophomore album reminiscent of Lindhagen’s earlier neoclassical/ambient outputs, yet exploring new sonic terrain. Lindhagen who is also an award-winning film composer, with Palme d’Or-nominated and Swedish Academy-awarded films to his credits, shows his cinematic qualities on the upcoming new full-length album due on vinyl and digitally via Spain’s piano and coffee records. The record has been supported by The Swedish Arts Council.” (Jakob Lindhagen)

Michael Koch

(neoclassical, solo piano)

“Michael Koch is a pianist, composer and producer from Germany.

Michael Koch unites what has long belonged together: emotional piano music and the path to inner consciousness. With his sensitive piano sounds he touches every soul and accompanies it tone by tone to its own essence.

Since he can think, Michael has been searching for depth and truth. At the age of 8 he found his medium to express his longing to understand the laws of life: The piano.

For over 30 years, the experienced composer and producer has loved creating music that draws us into our stories and dreams, finding its way directly into our hearts.

After countless concerts and many productions in various genres in rock-pop, jazz and classical music, he now returns to his origins: His very own Spirit Piano Cosmos, with which he opens the hearts of his listeners and inspires them to think and reflect.” (Michael Koch)

Fabrizio Paterlini

(neoclassical, epic music)

“It is fitting that composer and pianist Fabrizio Paterlini was born and lives in the ancient northern Italian city of Mantua. A romantic and historically significant centre of musical and artistic excellence, the city’s elegance and cultural depth permeate Paterlini’s exquisite original solo piano compositions. Yet despite Mantua’s unavoidable influence in informing the composer’s work, his cinematic music is far from localized, or even recognizably Italian, instead tapping directly into universal human emotions.

Listeners and critics alike are torn as to how best label Paterlini’s beautiful sound. Neo- classical, Ambient, Minimalist and New Age have all been considered, but it is more pertinent to note some of the adjectives regularly used in appreciation of his sonic palette. Ethereal, soulful, lush, emotive, dreamy, delicate and, tellingly, passionate, all appear with unerring frequency. The composer himself describes his work as “like a glass of red wine on a summer evening,” in awareness of the calming effect of his reflective melodies on the listener.

The 1990s saw Paterlini extensively cutting his teeth as a gigging musician by performing rock classics, pop and jazz in local bands. While playing with these outfits he began to compose music, at this stage principally material of a progressive rock persuasion. As the decade and century drew to a close Paterlini reached an important decision, being to concentrate exclusively on the piano – the instrument that, in his own words, “best expresses his inner world.”

In 2007, his life’s musical journey took a momentous step with the release of his debut CD, Viaggi in Aeromobile (Travel in Aircraft) on the Music Center label. A collection of beautifully structured, graceful mood pieces displaying Paterlini’s natural touch and seemingly effortless talents, the release was warmly received in Italian specialist press.

2008 saw the issue of an EP previewing Paterlini’s sophomore full-length, Viandanze, which was to follow on his new Fabrizio Paterlini Records imprint in December, 2009.

Prestige festival appearances then preceded the 2010 release of the flawless Fragments Found CD, again on Paterlini’s own label, drawing comparisons with luminaries such as Ludovico Einaudi, Erik Satie and George Winston.

During 2011 Fall, he started working to his “Autumn Stories” project, by composing, recording and releasing on-line one song for each week of the Autumn season. The project resulted in the CD “Autumn Stories”, published in February 2012. In December of the same year, the single “There’s a light we might see” was included in the epic compilation “… And darkness came”, curated by Headphone Commute, together with artists as Max Richter, Dustin O’Halloran, Nils Frahm, among others.

During 2014 he released “The Art of the piano” and in 2016 he published his first live recording, taken from the sold out concert given on June 30th 2015 in Bratislava, for the closing night of the “La Dolce Vita” festival.

His popularity on the digital platforms is constantly growing: his Spotify stats are impressive and he can count on more than 65 millions streams overall, with an average of 700K listeners per month.

2017 saw the issue of his first album of original songs since 3 years: Secret Book, released in May, is yet again different from his previous works, including an extensive use of strings and electronics. The album was presented in Berlin, with a sold out concert at the Roter Salon and immediately after in Milan.

In 2018 he released “Winter Stories”, presenting the new album from his living room and recording it with daily live shows, streamed on his main social channel during the month of February. ”  (Fabrizio Paterlini)

Eamonn Watt

(solo piano, neoclassical)

“My name is Eamonn Watt, aka The Wind Conductor and I’m the one and only composer for Virtually Conducted Productions! I’m 29 years old and I live in the Shetland Islands, the most northern isles of the UK. I have received a First Class Applied Music Degree from the University of the Highlands and Islands in August 2016 . Along with composition, I am a drummer and percussionist of many genres. I’ve performed in rock bands, heavy metal bands, funk bands and traditional Scottish music sessions.

I started making compositions during my last years in high school in 2010 and became fully realised in 2012 during my first year in college where I created my debut virtual classical album, Bonhoga. I successfully launched this album at the Bonhoga Gallery where it received high amounts of acclaim from music fans ranging from classical music lovers to heavy metal enthusiasts.” (Eamonn Watt)

Steve Luck

(neoclassical)

“I am an award winning composer, pianist and producer developing my work as a solo artist in the contemporary modern classical genre. In 2018 I founded the Atmospherica Composer concert series which features regular performances from contemporary classical composers. For details about the series please click here

As well as my work as a solo artist I am also an experienced film and media composer. I write beautiful, compelling, emotional music from my own recording studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne UK. From simple heartfelt piano solos to large scale bombastic orchestral masterpieces. From glitchy electronica to uplifting, feelgood, folksy instrumentals, you can hear my music on over seventy five professional productions including feature films, TV documentaries, shorts, and animations. I regularly work with a variety of music libraries. Recent track placements have seen my music used on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 5, RTL ,Direct Star and TV2 .In 2007 I won two awards from the Royal Television Society for professional excellence in music.I am a member of the music writers committee of the Musicians Union and founder of the Guild of Northern Media Composers. (Steve Luck)

empty measures

(neoclassical, acoustic)

“music connects us all. songs are a safe place to share truth. we write to process pain and stay connected to hope.. we try to be uplifting even with heavy subject mater. really appreciate your ears and your heart. thank you so much for listening. sincerely, empty measures

we met one fall night in 2016 at a songwriting class which was dedicated to helping each writer find their unique voice. we explored songwriting as human communication and connection. it was an inspiring, non-judgmental space in which we deepened our songwriting practices. reconnected in 2019 to do a studio project, and we were just wrapping up in early 2020 when the world closed.. now slowly getting our material out, hope you like it.” (empty measures)

The Music

Christos Doukakis