Steve Barakatt (born May 17, 1973 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada from a family of Lebanese origins) is a Canadian composer, music producer, pianist, and singer. When he was four, he began piano lessons. Over the next 10 years he studied classical music, and then switched to jazz.
Steve enjoyed many challenging musical experiences from an early age, including that of guest soloist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec when he was 13. When he was 16, Steve became fascinated by composition, arranging and production. He studied the new technology available and soon mastered all the intricacies of music programming. So much so that the Japanese firm Roland invited him to present their new products at the 1992 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
A versatile and imaginative musician, Steve has been invited to appear on various recordings and live performances with many artists and ensembles from the Alexandrov Red Army Choir to the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. A true passionate artist, Steve enjoys meeting musicians and exploring all styles of music.
- 1 Recording Artist
- 2 Composer/Producer
- 3 Ad Vitam Aeternam
- 4 Here I Am (vocal project)
- 5 Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem
- 6 The International Anthem of the Royal Golf Clubs
- 7 Korea Train eXpress
- 8 The Official Anthem of Chateau Frontenac
- 9 Live Performances (by city)
- 10 Awards and honours
- 11 Discography
- 12 UNICEF Ambassador
- 13 IMAGINE for UNICEF
- 14 Ensembles and artists who performed Steve Barakatt's compositions
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Steve Barakatt recorded his first solo album, Double Joie, when he was 14. It was released in Canada on November 11, 1987 and less than a week later the album was in the top 20 best-selling albums.
Steve has composed and produced numerous instrumental albums: Audacity, Escape, Steve Barakatt LIVE, Quebec, Eternity, A Love Affair, All About Us & Someday, Somewhere. These recordings reached the charts in many countries around the world and his music is broadcast on various radio stations. A number of his compositions are also used as themes for popular TV shows.
As composer/producer, Steve Barakatt has collaborated with many artists from all over the world. In 1997 Steve produced the young Canadian singer, Natasha St-Pier's album. His composition Sans le Savoir instantly hit the top 5 on the radio charts, and the video of the song became number one on Musique Plus, Quebec's MTV.
In 1997 he wrote many other songs including C'est une Promesse for Canadian singer Johanne Blouin and En la arena for Argentina's male singer Guillermo Saldana.
In Hong Kong, Steve has been asked to compose for a number of great artists. In 1995, he composed Mou Tian which was performed by the Asian stars Kelly Chen, Joyce Yau, Daniel Chan and Ray Chan. In 1996 he composed a duet for superstars Leon Lai and Alan Tam, Song of Stars, which featured them singing together for the first time on record. Steve also wrote Ni Shi Shui for Leon Lai's solo album Feel Leon released the same year.
In Japan, Steve's song Kaze To Kino Uta-Quebec 1608 was performed by the Japanese singer Sincere. The popular singer Yoko Oginome recorded Steve's composition We'll Be Together and the song became the main theme for the highly popular TV show Shitteru Tsumori on the NTV network. Steve composed Watashi Dake De Ite for superstar Noriko Sakai. His instrumental selection Nuit d'Amour à Paris was the theme for the TV drama Kiss Again on the NHK network. Steve's compositions have been used in major TV sports programs including the FIFA World Cup 2002 in Japan (NHK) as well as for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco (Fuji TV).
Steve also composed the score for the TV series Urban Myth Chillers starring Omar Sharif. In 2006, Steve composed and produced the song Here We Are, in which he duets with Canadian singer, Audrey de Montigny. The song is featured on Steve's first vocal album "Here I Am" and simultaneously on Audrey's album Take Me As I Am. In 2007, Steve collaborates again with Audrey when he produced John Lennon's song "Love" for the Amnesty International project "Make Some Noise" in collaboration with Yoko Ono.
Ad Vitam Aeternam
In 2003, Barakatt was inspired to create a music work of a major scale, by composing and conceiving a symphonic work based on the sixteen stages of human experience. After more than 30 months creating this work, on September 30, 2005, the world premiere of "Ad Vitam Aeternam" was presented at the Grand Théâtre de Québec accompanied by Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.
On September 7, 2007, Ad Vitam Aeternam was performed by Steve Barakatt for the first time in Asia with the Ditto Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Canadian conductor Gilles Ouellet.
This production was an official event for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, Canada. Several concerts were presented on June 17–18-19, 2008, at the Grand Theatre of Quebec. In 2010, "Ad Vitam Aeternam" will be performed during the festivities celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of the city of Yaroslavl, Russia a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On November 19, 2014, Ad Vitam Aeternam was performed by Steve Barakatt at the prestigious Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with the Yaroslavl Academic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor Murad Annamamedov. Ad Vitam Aeternam commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ambassadors & Officials representing more than 30 countries attended the historic event in Moscow.
Barakatt dreams of combining this symphonic work with scenic and artistic elements which include dance, projections, acrobats and visual effects. It would allow the completion of the creation of the artistic, physical and philosophical universe of Ad Vitam Aeternam to one day become a permanent show.
Here I Am (vocal project)
In 2007, Steve Barakatt released his first vocal album "Here I Am". Several songs have been recorded at Sir George Martin's Air Studios in London featuring the Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra and several renowned musicians.
Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem
In 2009, Steve Barakatt composed the UNICEF International Anthem, Lullaby, a choral symphony which has been premiered by symphony orchestras on five continents and in space on the international space station on November 20, 2009. Several musicians and ensembles have performed in the original recording including conductor Myung-whun Chung, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Nana Mouskouri, Angélique Kidjo, Helmut Lotti, Leon Lai, Agnes Chan, Maxim Vengerov, Richard O'Neill, Miri Ben-Ari, Maîtrise de Radio France and The choir of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. To mark this historical moment, symphony orchestras in 15 countries have performed the anthem. A music video have been produced and released in order to raise awareness among the world population on the importance of the convention on the rights of the child. "Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem" has been watched in space by the Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne during a mission on the International Space Station. On March 16, 2010, Steve Barakatt performed "Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem" at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan. On February 22, 2012, Steve Barakatt performed the anthem during an event organized by "Monaco Disease Power" under the presidency and in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco. On November 19, 2014, "Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem" was performed by Steve Barakatt at the prestigious Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory with the Yaroslavl Academic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor Murad Annamamedov and the Children's Theatre DOMISOLKA. The performance commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the fifth anniversary of "Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem". Ambassadors & Official representing more than 35 countries attended the historic event in Moscow. On December 7, 2015, Steve Barakatt performed "Lullaby, The UNICEF Anthem" at the Moscow Kremlin during the concert event to mark the 25th anniversary of the foundation of DOMISOLKA who performed the Anthem with Steve Barakatt on stage.
The International Anthem of the Royal Golf Clubs
In 2017, Steve Barakatt was commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec to compose the International Anthem of the Royal Golf Clubs. On September 12, 2017 the International of the Royal Golf Clubs was premiered at by La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment at La Citadelle de Québec
Korea Train eXpress
Steve Barakatt's music is played onboard South Korea's high speed rail system, the Korea Train eXpress (KTX). As each KTX train approaches a station, Barakatt's "California Vibes" is played while a pre-recorded announcement informs passengers of the arrival. The announcement declares the station name and reminds passengers to gather their belongings as they disembark the train. As KTX trains depart stations, Barakatt's "Dreamers" accompanies the pre-recorded departure announcement.
The Official Anthem of Chateau Frontenac
On April 13, 2018, Le Château Frontenac became the first heritage building in the world to have its own official Anthem. Barakatt composed the Anthem and performed the world premiere in the Chateau Frontenac's Grand Ballroom with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec under the baton of Maestro Fabien Gabel.
Live Performances (by city)
Awards and honours
- Winner of the Sillery music festival (1984 and 1986)
- 3 Nominations by the ADISQ (Between 1987 and 2005)
- Youngest recipient of the Order of Merit of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society (1988)
- Nominated for the "Prix Rayonnement hors Québec" - Grands Québécois (1996)
- Certificate of acknowledgement from the United Nations (2004)
- Recipient of the ARISTA Bank of Montreal Prize "Young International Business Leader in Quebec" (2005)
- Young Personality of the Year (National and International) Youth Chamber of Commerce of Quebec (2005)
- Recipient of the Pierre-Garon prize (Artist of the year, Quebec City) (2006)
- Honorary Governor of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in recognition of his contribution for the program in Quebec (2006)
- SOCAN's Hagood Hardy Award-Composer of the Year-Instrumental (2010)
- Plaque of Appreciation offered by the Prime Minister of the Republic of South Korea for the support and promotion of the City of Saemangeum (2017)
Work as recording artist
- Double-Joie (1987)
- Audace/Audacity (1994)
- Escape (1996)
- Steve Barakatt Live (1997)
- Quebec (1998)
- Eternity (1999)
- A Love Affair (2000)
- Rainbow Bridge - The Collection (2000)
- All About Us (2001)
- The Best of Steve Barakatt(2004)
- The Best Inspirations (2005)
- Here I Am (2007)
- Someday, Somewhere (2011)
- Dear Charlotte - Single (2015)
- Dear Charlotte (Piano Solo) - Single (2015)
- Moonlight Dream - Single (2015)
- Symphony of Greatest Hits - Single (2015)
- I Can't Live Without You - Single (2016)
- The Official Anthem of Chateau Frontenac (2018)
- One More Heart, One More Dream - The Official Anthem of Saemangeum" (2018)
Work as a composer/producer/pianist
- Emergence for Natasha St-Pier (1995)
- Mou Tian for Kelly Chen, Daniel Chan, Joyce Yau, Ray Chan (1995)
- En La Aerena for Guillermo Saldana (1995)
- The Song of Stars for Leon Lai & Alan Tam (1996)
- Ni Shi Shui for Leon Lai(1996)
- C'est un promesse for Johanne Blouin (1997)
- Kaze To Kino Uta for Sincere (1998)
- Shitteru Tsumori for Yoko Oginome (1999)
- Watashi Dake Ite for Noriko Sakai (2000)
- Here We Are for Audrey De Montigny (2006)
- Love performed by Audrey de Montigny for Amnesty International's Make Some Noise (2007)
- Rainbow Bridge performed by Sunmin (2010)
- You Are Not Alone performed in duet with Wheesung (2010)
- I'm Sorry + My Funny Valentine performed with John Park (2011)
- Imagine with Chen of EXO (2016)
- Sound of Your Heart with Lee Dong-woo, Yesung of Super Junior, Sunny of Girls' Generation, Luna of f(x), Wendy and Seulgi of Red Velvet, and Taeil and Doyoung of NCT (2016)
- It's Complicated with Piera Van de Wiel (2018)
IMAGINE for UNICEF
Steve Barakatt is among the international artists who participated in the IMAGINE for UNICEF project in recording a new version of John Lennon's "Imagine". The music video has been filmed in Tashkent, Uzbekistan in November 2015.
Ensembles and artists who performed Steve Barakatt's compositions
- "Canadian Songwriter In Tune With Stars Everywhere". China Daily. May 20, 2012.
- "Wheesung Featured On Michael Jackson Compilation CD". KBS World. December 21, 2010.
- "Steve Barakatt to Bring New Symphony as UNICEF Anthem". The Korea Times. October 27, 2009.