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

The Players

Olivia Belli

(neoclassical, contemporary music)

Olivia Belli is a modern piano performer and composer. After having lived in big cities she settled with her family in the open countryside of Marche (Italy) where she can focus on her creativity following the natural rhythm of nature that’s a strong inspiration for her music.

She plays all kinds of pianos: Grand, Upright, Contemporary like UNA CORDA, old and noisey, Virtual. She always manipulates the sound adding material inside the acoustic instrument, or using electronics or samples sounds recorded by herself or in the sound post-production session.

She has been releasing since December 2016: first she focused on her performer role playing the most important contemporary composers who influence her music like Einaudi, Richter, Glass, Morricone. In all of her covers she has pursued a new approach.

Her first EP as a composer was released on March 2018 as a tribute to the Piano Day Commemoration. Her debut full album “Where Night Never Comes” with 16 original piano songs was published on October 2018 and was supported by a successfully Kickstarter campaign, chosen by Kickstarter as “Project We Love, winner of the “Best Modern Classical Album 2018” by (USA) and included in the Best Classical Top Chart by Reverbnation.

Her modern classical, easy listening, new age style is distinguish by the typical Italian equilibrium and grace enriched by subtle and inner melodies.

Matt Stewart-Evans

(neoclassical, ambient)

Matt Stewart-Evans is a London-based pianist and composer with releases on labels including 1631 Recordings, 7k! and Sonder House. His music has amassed over 25 million streams to date worldwide, and he has performed live alongside fellow contemporary classical artists including Michael Price, Peter Gregson and AVA.

Diana Yukawa

(neoclassical, cinematic)

In a nutshell; a solo violinist writing and releasing her own original music, a dynamic performer having taken to some of the worlds most prolific stages, one third of Ghost Harmonic and a music composer for film, TV, commercial, video games and special projects.

Rikard Mathisson

(modern classical, solo piano)

Piano Where It Feels!

Rikard Mathisson is a newborn contempary piano composer, artist and producer. He produces piano music in varying style; solo piano in the style of Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman, Nils, Frahm and pop in the style of Béatrice Martin (Coeur de Pirate) and Coldplay, and electronica in the style of Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and/or Mike Oldfield.

He writes and produces neoclassical Nordic folk-inspired music and lyrics. Earthbound and heavenly, true to the core of each tune, striving to inspire other people to contribute to this universe with art and music during the lifetime, contributing to something larger than the individual. Every song has it’s own soul, mood and sense..

Mari Sainio

(neoclassical, contemporary music)

Mari’s current professional background as a London and Helsinki based Finnish composer consists of a variety of compositions for short films, animations, plays, installations as well as concert works. In addition, she has composed for various ensembles including choirs, orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

During her career in the creative field, I have had the pleasure to work with many enthusiastic and inspiring professionals such as Imogen Heap, Kristjan Järvi, Samuli Taskinen and Peter Cox to name a few. She also does orchestrations to other composers, leads and plays piano in her own groups and conducts sessions. Mari released her debut EP Tales on July 2017 on Ranka Kustannus.

JF Blais

(neoclassical, cinematic)

JF Blais was the composer and musical director for One Night For One Drop 2017 and 2018. A Montréal native, JF joined Cirque du Soleil in 2003 and is currently performing nightly as a saxophonist and woodwind specialist with Zumanity in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the last 15 years, JF has written and produced music for numerous projects, acrobatic acts, and television series aired on Fox Sport Network (FSN), Pursuit Channel, and WFN, as well as for notable Strip productions such as Tournament of Kings.

Piotr Wiese

(neoclassical, waltz)

Piotr Wiese is an acclaimed Polish composer, pianist and producer, who focuses on autonomous piano music. Taking to the piano at just 8 years old, Piotr studied at the Institute Of Music and Academy Of Music in Poland. Classically-trained Piotr obtained a Master’s Degree in Composition from the University of Bristol in England and has gone on to compose for film and theatre. Original style and the quality of his music enabled him to sign record deals with renowned modern-classical labels: Double J Music (UK), Sonder House (USA), Blue Spiral Records (IT), Ambient Fruits (NL).

Piotr Wiese’s debut album Questioning Infinity – a set of short piano concertos composed during his year and a half stay in Berlin was released independently in 2014. Other independent releases – Wiese’s second LP Continuum along with two EP’s: Unsustained Triptych, Vol. 1 and Sustained Triptych, Vol. 1 – turned out to be a great success. Since then, Piotr has released a series of singles, and EPs. He composed for The Hygge Collections Vol. 1 – a compilation by notable artists.

With an ever-growing fan base on Spotify, his music has been played over two million times. His new EP ’Selfless’ – a contemplative piano-led collection is coming in May 2020.

The Music

Christos Doukakis