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

The Players

Paul-Marie Barbier

(neoclassical, solo piano)

As keyboard player for French act Caravan Palace, Paul-Marie Barbier started recording minimal and meditative piano solo versions of the band’s songs. While the band’s about raw energy, his acoustic reworks allow to focus on the quality songwriting.

Yorgos Karagiannis

(modern classical, soundtrack)

Mathematician, Composer and Writer. Working as a Math, Music and Guitar Teacher for the last 15 years I have prepared thousands of students age 16 – 20 for their school, national exams and university. I have been awarded on many world composition competitions such as Maurice Ravel, Great American Song Contest, Film Music Contest. I have also published three music books and five classical music albums. I am an active scientist in the field of mathematics and music. I am a husband and a father of two children.

Raining Yu


Raining Yu is an instrumental music composer, specializes in piano, orchestra, and synthesizer.

William Ogmundson

(neoclassical, improvisation)

William Ogmundson is an award-winning pianist, lyricist and composer. He has performed all over North America and Europe (including the Vatican) and released nine solo CDs to date. For more information, go to

Thomas Hewitt Jones

(neoclassical, instrumental, “charity”)

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.

Fiona Joy Hawkins

(neoclassical, Celtic, ethnic)

Fiona Joy (Hawkins) is an Australian Pianist, Composer and Singer. Known asThe Piano Angel in China, she is a member of the New Age Super-group FLOW (Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster, Will Ackerman) and performed with them at New York’s Carnegie (Weill Hall) as well as on Echoes/NPR Radio in 2017. Fiona had a song on a Grammy Winning album in 2014, won two categories in the Independent Music Awards held at the Lincoln Centre in NY in 2016, works with Australian piano maker Stuart and Sons and also records in Audiophile forms with Blue Coast Records (content Partners with Sony for hi-res audio).


(neoclassical, acoustic, solo guitar)

LaCerte creates instrumental Music while living in the Mountains. His compositions reflect his love of the acoustic guitar starting with the solo funk blues tune Bamps Boogie. His first album Foraker is a guitar meditation outlining the journey of Life.

This is an instrumental project by Larry Lacerte. He has also released original Rocky Mountain Americana music under his own name and with his band project Broke Down Rodeo.

The Music

Christos Doukakis