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

The Players

Felix Rösch

(neoclassical, contemporary)

Genre-defying, Berlin-based composer Felix Rösch blends his years of experience as a classical composer and his passion for experimental electronic music into colorful, carefully constructed arrangements and contemplative ambiences.

His music is inspired by contemporary classical composers like John Adams, Andrew Norman and Anders Hillborg as well as artists like Rival Consoles, Polynation and Clark.

Over the past ten years his orchestral compositions have frequently been performed and recorded by world-renowned orchestras like the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg and the WDR Symphony Orchestra & Choir. He has won several awards and scholarships and his music can be heard in countless theater performances, audio book soundtracks and film scores. His first full length album »Orchester Verfremdung« (2018) was the result of years of experimentation on how to combine orchestral and electronic music.

With his latest EP titled »Für Lea« he returns to his roots: having studied classical piano since the age of five, this release comprises two very personal, mellow and intricate pieces for Solo Piano, dedicated to the love of his life. Both pieces are inspired by his ongoing fascination with 16th century central European sacred songs and the minimal music works of John Adams and Steve Reich.

He studied classical piano at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, sound engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf and composition at the Film University Babelsberg.

Luke Duffy

(neoclassical, contemporary)

Luke Duffy is an Irish composer and arranger living in Iceland. His music is often melodic in nature with the piano often heavily featured.

Thomas Hewitt Jones

(neoclassical)

Thomas Hewitt Jones is an award-winning composer of contemporary classical and commercial music. Winner of the 2003 BBC Young Composer Competition, his music has been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Banks Music, the RSCM, Encore Publications, Universal Music, and is frequently heard on radio, TV and the cinema in the UK and abroad.

Thomas has written three ballets which toured the UK in 2008–2011 with Ballet Cymru, most notably a dance setting of Dylan Thomas’ masterpiece Under Milk Wood. His choral and instrumental music is frequently performed worldwide. He has also written numerous Christmas carols, including What Child is This? (OUP, 2012). Recent large-scale works include Wildflower Meadows, a song cycle commemorating the First World War, and the Christmas cantata Incarnation, released on Regent Records, both with words by regular collaborator Paul Williamson.

Commercial commissions have included work in America and scores for films in the UK, as well as music for the London 2012 Olympics Mascots animated films, with stories by Michael Morpurgo and narration by Stephen Fry. Thomas has also composed the music for a new musical version of Rumpelstiltskin which premiered at The Egg, Bath in December 2014. Recent performances include the premiere of a new set of songs charting the history of Bath with words by Paul Williamson (Bath Abbey, 2015), and the UK premiere of choral and orchestral work Panathenaia at the British Museum, commissioned by Hugo Ticciati.

Gianluca Piacenza

(neoclassical, contemporary)

Gianluca Piacenza is an italian composer, pianist and sound designer.

After 2 year of private piano lessons when he was 6 years old, he began studying music at his hometown conservatory graduating with full marks in Classical Piano and Composition.

Today he works as music producer at Red Couch Studio, an inspirational space in which analog and digital equipment, acoustic and electronic instruments are equally important to develop a unique sonic signature. Alongside his academic path he attended piano courses and masterclasses with Sergio Fiorentino, Bruno Canino, Michele Marvulli, Alexander Lonquich, François-Joël Thiollier and Konstantin Scherbakov, constantly growing as classical pianist and expanding an already large repertoire ranging from Bach and Scarlatti to Cage, Ligeti, Pärt and many other contemporary composers.

Winner and finalist in national and international competitions, he appears in concerts both as soloist and as chamber music partner. Influenced by both the great tradition of classical music and the electronica/ambient scene, in 2014 began working on his first album “Dream”, an emotional and cinematic work in which he experiments with acoustic piano and live electronics interaction.

His sonic world could be described as a blend of acoustic textures, recorded and processed live in many different ways, and electronic soundscapes, created manipulating natural sounds and programming synthesizers and samplers.

Karen Biehl

(neoclassical, operatic)

Karen Biehl studied voice with former Metropolitan Opera star Thomas Hayward before completing her master’s degree in opera performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Also classically trained in both piano and violin, her compositions combine romantic classical lyricism with meditative empowerment to assist listeners in achieving an enhanced and peaceful sense of self-awareness and purposeful focus. Her recent album “Starlight Dreams” (released November 14, 2018) was named “Best Solo Piano Album 2018” by New Age Music Guide and was on its top 10 albums list for 2018. It has also been nominated for the Best Neo Classical Album 2018 Award for One World Music Radio’s upcoming awards in June 2019 and reached #1 on One World Music Radio’s March 2019 chart.

What After This?

(neoclassical, contemporary)

What After This? is a Scandinavian music project with a passion for creating astonishing textures, lush soundscapes and memorable melodies. From the compositional depths of artists like Sigur Rós and the songwriting wits of performers like Nick Cave, the possibilities are truly endless.

Originally from Sweden, but currently based in Norway, where he’s been living since the late 90s, he has developed a distinctive sound, which features influences as diverse as neoclassical music, post-rock, and everything in between. What After This is not much about genre definitions, but more about creating music that feels spontaneous, raw, and genuinely emotional, connecting with listeners on a down-to-earth level.

Renee’ Michele

(neoclassical, instrumental)

Renee’ Michele is an Oregon composer and pianist who currently has 6 albums to date: Renee’ Michele, Bridges, Honor and Grace, Essence and her most recent album Seasons of the Heart. Her Music is played all over the world on Pandora, Apple music, Sirius, Soundscapes, Enlightened Piano Radio, Whisperings Radio to mention a few. She was nominated in 2009 for the JPF award for her solo composition “far away”. Her album Essence received 2014 best solo piano album of the year from Enlightened Piano Radio. Renee’s recent albums ” Seasons of the Heart” and “The Space Within” were produced by ace producer Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) and engineer Tom Eaton at the Imaginary Studio in Vermont.

Renee’s most 2019 release of 2019 and 6th album titled “The Space Within” is composed of ten new compositions which reflect the emotionally evocative sounds of inspiring places and events visited over the last few years. It also was recorded at Imaginary Road studio with Producer Will Ackerman. The music of this album is Renee’ is always composing a new piece and continues to add to the collection of new compositions.

Renee’ Michele’s music can be purchased and listened to on Pandora, cdbaby.com, Spotify, Apple iTunes, Whisperings Radio, Enlightened Piano Radio , Soundscapes , Sirius and also at her website www.renee-michele.com.

The Music

Christos Doukakis