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Steve Barakatt (born May 17, 1973 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian composer, music producer, pianist, and singer. He is particularly known for composing the music for the UNICEF International Anthem, Lullaby, a choral symphony which premiered on 20 November 2009 with conductor Myung-whun Chung, violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. On March 9th 2007, Barakatt and his wife, the Olympic gymnast Elena Grosheva were both appointed UNICEF Canada Ambassadors becoming the first couple to be given that honor.[1]

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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 June 16, 2006 the European premiere was presented at Yaroslavl, Russia with the "Yaroslav Symphony Orchestra" under the baton of renowned conductor Murad Annamamedov.

On September 7th 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.

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.

Live Performances (by city)

  • Bangalore (India)
  • Busan (South Korea)
  • Edmundston (Canada)
  • Fukoshima (Japan)
  • Fukuoka (Japan)
  • Gifu (Japan)
  • Hiroshima (Japan)
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Kanagawa(Japan)
  • Kawaguchi(Japan)
  • Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Kushiro(Japan)
  • Kyoto (Japan)
  • Los Angeles (USA)
  • London (UK)
  • Manila (Philippines)
  • Matsumoto (Japan)
  • Montreal (Canada)
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • Mumbai (India)
  • Nagano (Japan)
  • Nagasaki (Japan)
  • Nagoya (Japan)
  • New York City (USA)
  • Omiya (Japan)
  • Osaka (Japan)
  • Ottawa (Canada)
  • Quebec City (Canada)
  • Seoul (South Korea)
  • Sapporo (Japan)
  • Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Taichung (Taiwan)
  • Tokyo (Japan)
  • Vancouver (Canada)
  • Yaroslavl (Russia)
  • Yokohama (Japan)

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)

Discography

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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)

Work as a composer/producer

  • 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)

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