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

The Players

Bart Verbeke

(crossover classical, jazz)

Bart is born in ’76 en started as a 5 year old kid with improvising on his grandmothers piano. Never stopped playing music since then. Followed classical lessons for piano and violin. Played guitar and accordeon on the street. Studied quantummechanics and shipbuilding. Likes to forge iron, planing wood and tying knots. The music is like “Keith Jarrett finding peace with himself” and “Arvo Pärt laughing out loud” while “J.S.Bach turns his head out of curiosity”.

Lucas Forch

(neoclassical, solo piano)

Danish pianist and composer Lucas Forch has played the piano since the age of six. However, this years three singles mark his first ever official releases.

Recorded at home on his upright piano, his neoclassical compositions are melancholy, yet hopeful, and they fill the room with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. His style can be defined as delicate instrumental pop music performed solely on piano and the sound has lots of air and headroom, which is perfect for a little undisturbed moment on your own.

Lucas is actually writing these words himself, even though it’s all written in the third person. He hopes you’ll give it a listen.

Julie Hanney

(neoclassical, crossover classical)

Julie is a pianist, composer and teacher. Her music spans several genres from relaxing to contemporary classical to jazz to modern romantic. Writing music since she was a little girl, she received her formal music education at the University of Oregon where she graduated with a degree in music with special emphasis on piano and composition. She studied composition at the graduate level and is a published composer of works for piano, choir and various instrument combinations. She has arranged and composed music for the Jones Road String Quartet, the Bend Cello Collective, the Gospel Choir of the Cascades and various community, church and school choirs. Comfortable crossing many genres from classical to gospel and more, Julie loves to create unique soundscapes. Julie’s music has been described as “peaceful yet intriguing.”

Ros Gilman

(neoclassical, solo piano)

Now a multi-award-winning composer and multi-nominated songwriter, Ros Gilman began his musical journey at just five years old, as a student of the renown Gnessin Music School. A successful career as a violinist followed, which saw him perform across three continents, making multiple appearances on national TV and radio. Later, he was made second leader of the internationally esteemed European Philharmonic Orchestra.

However, a sudden hand-injury forced Gilman to give up his life as a concert musician. Having the dream of continuing to bring music to people, he fought his way back to his passion, reinventing himself as a composer, songwriter and music producer. An alumni of the famous University of Music in Vienna and the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, Gilman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Composition, a Master’s Degree in Composition for Screen and a Diploma in Music Business. He has been chosen to be part of the BAFTA Crew program for emerging film talent for three consecutive years.

As a composer Ros has worked on projects in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Russia and Austria. His work has earned him the Audience Award for Best Music at the “British Animation Film Festival”, the Aphrodite Film Award in New York as well as several industry nominations.

Gilman also studied conducting with J. B. Matter (previously assistant to Maestro Pierre Boulez) and later with Prof. U. Lajovic at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. As a conductor he has worked with the Prague Metropolitan Orchestra, Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra, Pro-Arte-Orchestra, Symphonisches Salonorchester Ingolstadt, Schweizerorchester Frohnleiten, Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band and others.

Scott Twynholm

(neoclassical, cinematic, new age)

Scott Twynholm is a Scottish composer and musician who first came to prominence as a member of the Scottish band Looper.With a focus on melody and sonic texture, his solo work spans the worlds of contemporary classical and experimental electronic composition.

Twynholm, a perceptive and subtle story-teller, also works as a composer for film and dance.

Recent releases include the soundtrack to the documentary on artist and writer Alasdair Gray and an extended dance work, In the Ink Dark, for choreographer Luke Pell. In 2018 he also scored Make Me Up, the first feature film by multi-media artist Rachel Maclean.

Der Waldläufer

(neoclassical, cinematic, downtempo)

soundscapes somewhere between ambient | chillout | downtempo

a musician & producer from kassel, germany is looking for inner peace and silence in a hectic world | he likes to travel through the world and through the inner universe | the result of these journeys converted into music can be described as a peaceful | relaxed | floating | calm | atmospheric | deep | refreshing | experimental | cinematic | soothing | light | tranquil | listening experience.

Since 2010 Der Waldläufer has now released 4 albums and he appeared on many compilations like Café del Mar, Klassik Lounge Nightflight, Le café abstrait, World Chill – Lounge, Cool off Chillout, Autumn Time, Spring Chill and many more. In his productions always the relaxation of body and mind stays in the focus. He lays out sound carpets and creates mesmerizing soundscapes, he fills spaces and makes the soul vibrate. In harmony with his inner feelings he tells his impressions with the help of music and paints pictures with the colors of sound. His organic music always should be a counterpoint to hectic, work & stress. You can say that his music is the result from the finding of inner peace and tranquility. This process is always accompanied by the dialogue between nature and technology, which creatively affects him while producing. Der Waldläufer would like to take the listeners on a trip through soundscapes, where it is possible to slow down the everyday life.

Steve Luck

(neoclassical, solo piano)

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.

The Music

Christos Doukakis