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

The Players

Marcus Moon

(neoclassical, waltz)

Marcus Moon is a composer active out of Vancouver, Canada. He composes in the style and instrumentation of classical music, but with an unmistakable influence of modern day life. Deeply inspired by the modern day singer/songwriters that he grew up listening to, there is always a story at the center of his work. Although his music is mostly without words, he paints the most vivid and heartfelt imagery using simple harmonies and very direct melodies, played on classical instruments, such as piano and cello.

Matthias Gusset

(neoclassical)

Musician Matthias Gusset, born and bred in Basel, composes and interprets neo to post classical piano music. With its fine melodies, soft harmonies and clear structures one can hear a resemblance to minimal and film music.

With the song Inheritance, & Matthias Gusset launched their new project in November 2019. In May 2020 they released their debut EP .

ARTur Moon

(neoclassical, cinematic)

ARTur Moon is an established avant-garde pianist, composer and improviser. His mystical, signature concerts in complete darkness evoke specially arranged hypnotizing piano sounds to make the audience truly immersed in the music.

In these uniquely arranged experiences, participants feel and respond to every chord and the energy enclosed in sound allowing them to travel to other planes and dimensions. Is it possible that the power they have tasted with ARTur is the same power that attracted YOU here? A light in the dark…a droplet in a desert…a breath of fresh air in a world polluted with unoriginality.

ARTur has been awarded a significant set of prizes in prestigious piano competitions while numerous foundations and cultural organizations have granted him scholarships. He was performing in musical halls world-wide, including: USA, United Arab Emirates, UK, Italy, Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Lithuania, Malta, Cyprus, Serbia, Georgia, Indonesia, Philippines, Bali and his native Poland.

While developing his new creations, ARTur is already an active and experienced live performer, receiving an exceptionally enthusiastic reception wherever he goes. With both feet on the ground and his sky-is-the-limit approach, he is promoting unique musical experiences by stimulating the imagination and consciousness and co-creating a richer, more art-filled world.

Steve Barakatt

(modern classical, solo piano)

For more than three decades, award-winning composer, pianist, music producer and creative director Steve Barakatt has collaborated with leading artists, record labels, studios, brands, and organizations on hundreds of projects around the globe. As a concert pianist, he has presented more than 500 live performances on five continents. His music has been featured on hundreds of TV programs & series as well as on major sports event TV broadcasts such as the FIFA World Cup and the F1 Grand Prix. As a recording artist, he has sold over five million albums worldwide and his music catalogue reached 100,000,000 views on YouTube.

He had artistic collaborations with Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Yaroslavl philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Sinfonia, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre métropolitain, Radio Nacional de Espana, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, El Sistema, Angelique Kidjo, Natasha St-Pier, Nana Mouskouri, Maxim Vengerov, The Alexandrov Choir, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Nic Raine, Yoav Talmi, Christian Vásquez, Yiruma, Richard O’Neill, Shirley Bassey, Leon Lai, Alan Tam, Kelly Chen, Daniel Chan, Agnes Chan, Sincere, Yoko Oginome, Miri Ben-Ari, Noriko Sakai, Audrey De Montigny, Sun Min, Wheesung, John Park, Shayne, Chen of EXO, Lee Dong Woo, Yesung of Superjunior, Sunny of Girls’ Generation, Luna of fx, Wendy & Seulgi of Red Velvet, Taeil & Doyoung of NCT127, Universal Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment, SM Entertainment, Yamaha, Roland Corp, Japan Central Music and many more…

The world’s most recognized composer of official anthems, Barakatt is the man behind “Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem”, the Saemangeum MegaCity anthem “One More Heart, One More Dream”, “Motherland” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lebanon, anthems for Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and the world’s 66 Royal Golf Clubs, and compositions for numerous other prestigious organizations and events.

Floraleda Sacchi

(neoclassical, harp)

Floraleda is a musician, composer and producer who creates her own musical world blending acoustic harp and electronics, classical, minimal and pop.

Trained as a classical musician, she won 16 prizes at international competitions, received in 2018 a Latin Grammy – with the project Magica y Misteriosa for Harp and Strings -, played at Carnegie Hall New York and in top venues all around the world as one of the most sought-after harpist of her generation.

She recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, and then she created her recording label, Amadeus Arte, where she started writing her own music combining electronics, looper and fx pedals to the harp developing a unique sound and a new artistic identity. Her first project in this direction (Darklight, 2017), was on top of charts in several counties of the world.

Felix Rösch

(neoclassical, contemporary music)

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, Henryk Górecki, and Anders Hillborg as well as artists like Rival Consoles, Max Richter and Ben Frost.

His latest EP ‘Mya’ follows 2018’s ‘Orchester Verfremdung’ and 2019’s ‘str:orchestra,’ which was featured in Spotify’s ‘Not Quite Classical’ playlist and was used in a global Burberry ad campaign. ‘Mya’ combines shape-shifting analog synthesizers, ethereal piano textures, and a remote-recorded chamber orchestra. It is meant to be a memorial for countless species that have gone extinct. It’s lead-single Baiji Dolphin is out NOW.

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, audiobook soundtracks, and film scores.

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.

Innocenzo Genna

(neoclassical, cinematic)

Innocenzo Genna, called also Inno, has always lived music in multiple dimensions: as a musician, firstly performer and entertainer, and then composer, but also as a technology scholar. His interest in music is not only artistic and emotional, but also professional, because for years Inno has been working in the Internet and technology sector as a lawyer and policy expert, so as to be involved in the major political debates concerning music and technology: from P2P to online piracy, from online platforms to the liberalization of collecting societies, up to the recent European copyright reform.

Such an intense professional activity enriched Inno’s musical vocation, while adapting his classical practice with modern and pop piano, blues and jazz, so as arranging the various genres into a personal compositional style. The many trips in Italy and abroad have contributed to creating the context of images, memories and fantasies from which his compositions are born.

The Music

Christos Doukakis