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

The Players

Steve Luck

(neoclassical)

Steve Luck is a composer, pianist and producer based in Newcastle Upon Tyne UK

He writes beautiful, melodic, tender music in the contemporary classical genre featuring the piano. He is the founder of the ‘Atmospherica’ series of composer concerts and is a Royal Television Society award winning composer for his TV and film work. You can watch him perform peaceful piano music live every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (1PM GMT) on his Facebook page.

Inspired by Yann Tiersen and Ólafur Arnalds, Steve has been composing and releasing his contemporary classical solo piano music since 2014. During 2021 he is planning to release six new singles – one each month, with an album scheduled for release in September.

Lucas Forch

(neoclassical, solo piano)

Lucas Forch is a Danish 25 years old pianist and composer. Even though he has played the piano since the age of 6, his first ever release ‘Apart’ will be released now on January 29th.

It is a solo piano piece recorded at home on his upright piano, specially felted to reach a warmer and softer sound. ‘Apart’ is a melodic, hopeful yet melancholic piece of neoclassical composition, that fills the room with a welcoming and chilled atmosphere.

His style can be defined as delicate instrumental pop music performed solely on piano and the sound has lots of air and headroom, and is perfect for a little undisturbed relaxing moment on your own.

In Lucas Forch’s daily life he is involved in various band constellations playing keys, as well as he for years have backed choirs and other classical performers on the piano.

Sacha Hoedemaker

(cinematic, neoclassical)

Sacha Hoedemaker is a Dutch composer. Over the last decade, he’s been working on numerous projects: Compositions for advertisements, theater shows, and other artists. However, whenever something was created from his mind, it was always somebody else’s vision, someone else’s story. He felt like he was missing out on his own honest stories. It was time for a change.

During the pandemic of 2020, Sacha started posting videos of himself improvising. His network demanded more, and so he is happy to put his own music out there. Original music. Straight from the heart and mind of an ever-learning optimist.

Pietro Borradori

(neoclassical, epic music)

The Italian composer and pianist Pietro Borradori approached the piano at the age of 8 and composition at the age of 11. He completed Academical studies in Composition and Piano at the Conservatory of Milan, becoming the youngest composition teacher in italian Conservatories. Later he left teaching to devote himself to music technology and composition.

He was recognized in the 1990s as a leading internationally renowned composer in the contemporary and experimental music scene, releasing LPs with BMG and other major labels, and working for the main european theathers and music institutions (WDR, RAI, IRCAM, RADIO FRANCE, BBC, Teatro Alla Scala and others).

Since 2015 his interest has shifted towards the neoclassical field, minimalism and electronic music. In Dual he seeks to integrate and mix traces of avant-garde minimalism with a new type of lyrical and imaginative music. He often uses acoustic processing with the aim of emulating an electronic sound. While the cellos are traditionally played, the piano in some pieces has been played with extended techniques (bows, strings, soft felt) to obtain a new type of piano sounds. The challenge is to mix tradition with innovation, to find a new synthesis beetween classical and experimental music.

CrusaderBeach

(neoclassical, solo piano)

CrusaderBeach is the pseudonym of composer Adrian Webster – a self-taught pianist from the North West of England whose beautiful, original solo piano music has been compared to artists such as Yiruma.

With over 1.5M Spotify streams, 11.6M YouTube views, a #1 best selling album on Amazon and over 14K sheet music sales, CrusaderBeach’s neo-classical / contemporary piano pieces are enjoyed by piano players and listeners worldwide, and are a popular choice for TV/film projects and wedding music.

SONORO

(neoclassical)

The American composer, pianist and violist, Sharon Ruchman, announces the launch of “Simply SONORO,” the first album she composed for SONORO, a musical ensemble reflecting a combination of classically trained musicians juxtaposed with those steeped in Latin, jazz, and blues. Rooted in classical with a combination of 10 original tracks, the versatile album defies genre, displaying a multitude of layers filled with colors, tones, textures and rhythms.

Innocenzo Genna

(neoclassical)

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.

In 2007 Inno settled in Brussels where it found new creative inspiration through the contact with the dynamism and the international ésprit of both capital city and European institutions, the creative Belgian surrealism, and also because of the rainy and melancholy climate of the place. In 2016 he completed his first collection of piano compositions “Brussels Stories”, while a second CD is scheduled to be released in 2020.

The piano compositions of Innocenzo Genna fall within the categories of minimalism and modern classic, with frequent combinations into blues and jazz. He is similarly conservative as a composer, for his music drawing heavily on harmonic and melodic practices found in 18th and 19th-century European compositions. His repertoire is freely accessible through his website and social networks such as Youtube and Soundcloud, while being available also on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Deezer.

The Music

Christos Doukakis