Award-winning composer and pianist debuts in Việt Nam

June 10, 2024 - 13:06
Two concerts will be held at one of Việt Nam’s most significant UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

World-renowned composer and pianist Steve Barakatt. Photo courtesy of the Canadian Embassy in Việt Nam

HÀ NỘI World-renowned Canadian composer and pianist Steve Barakatt will perform at the Royal Garden of the Imperial City in the central province of Huế on June 10-11.

These concerts, presented during the Huế Festival 2024, are part of his acclaimed Néoréalité World Tour, which has already captivated audiences in major cities across Europe, Asia and North America, including a debut at the iconic Carnegie Hall.

Steve Barakatt expressed his excitement for his upcoming debut concerts in Việt Nam, a country where his music has resonated with millions of listeners.

Known in Việt Nam for compositions such as The Whistler’s Song, Rainbow Bridge and Flying, Barakatt stated: "I am eager to finally visit my Vietnamese friends and offer a musical journey in such an iconic location that represents the heart of Việt Nam’s rich culture.”

His Excellency Shawn Steil, Canadian Ambassador to Việt Nam, emphasised the importance of the event: “The music performances of a world-renowned Canadian artist at a landmark cultural event in Việt Nam provide an exceptional opportunity to build bridges and celebrate the friendship between our countries through the universal language of music.”

Barakatt's Néoréalité World Tour has garnered attention from major media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Euronews, Forbes Magazine and the Beijing Review. The tour offers a magnificent musical journey through his most acclaimed compositions, featuring a world-class piano performance with several pieces from his latest album, a best-of from earlier releases and some of his best-known anthems. These include the UNICEF anthem, which premiered from the International Space Station in 2009. Composed by Barakatt, the anthem's performance is one of the most symbolic moments of the concert.

For more than three decades, the internationally acclaimed composer, pianist, singer, producer and creative director has collaborated with top artists, studios and organisations on hundreds of artistic projects.

The world’s most recognised composer of official anthems, Barakatt is the man behind Lullaby, the UNICEF Anthem, the Saemangeum MegaCity anthem One More Heart, One More Dream, the official anthem of Ordre national du Québec Devenir, anthems for Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and the world’s 66 Royal Golf Clubs and compositions for numerous other prestigious organisations and TV broadcast events such as the FIFA World Cup and the F1 Grand Prix.

His successful career as a concert pianist has taken him to five continents, where he has given over 500 performances. He has sold more than 5 million albums worldwide and his music catalogue has exceeded 250,000,000 views on YouTube.

In 2018, he was awarded a decoration by the Prime Minister of South Korea, and he was recently named a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec by the Prime Minister of Québec. He is a Universal Music MENA artist and his music catalogue is represented globally by Universal Music Publishing Group. VNS

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