BIOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internationally renowned Lebanese percussionist and composer Rony Barrak held his Darbouka (Middle Eastern tabla) at the tender age of four and began playing it intuitively. Led by early self-confidence, he made his first TV performance at the age of seven and then proceeded to improve his skills through school and family performances. At the age of seventeen, Rony distinguished himself in the world of music by winning the Gold Medal in a competition on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) television for talented young musicians in Lebanon and the Middle East. This achievement encouraged him to unleash the Darbouka from the chains of its long-standing traditional context and explore its full potential. He moved to London in 1990 where he studied orchestral percussion and drum kit at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later taught Middle Eastern Percussion at Trinity College of Music. Rony became a British citizen in year 2000 and has dual citizenship of Lebanon and the U.K.

 

Blending eastern and western flavors, Rony is a versatile percussionist, composer, pianist, and arranger. He plays and composes his own fusion style—a colorful blend of Arabic, Latin, Jazz, funk, New Age and chill-out.  In addition to being the world's leading Darbouka player, he assembled his own unique percussion set. He incorporated into his performances fascinating instruments such as car parts, demonstrating an uncanny ability to create rare, exciting combinations out of found objects.

Rony’s love for classical music propelled him to compose symphonic pieces, taking his effort to bring together eclectic music traditions to the next level. Since 2009 he has composed and premiered three compositions—dramatic, graceful, and spontaneous symphonic poems featuring his Darbouka—in the US and Germany. Over the years, he has performed with many world-renowned symphony orchestras and conductors as a Darbouka soloist. Besides original symphonic compositions, Rony has also achieved breakthrough success since 2005 as a soloist with Symphonic Game Music Concerts produced by Thomas Böcker (Merregnon Studios) and with PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, receiving sponsorship from companies such as Electronic Arts for multiple game concerts. Subsequently, Rony was featured prominently in five video game music albums.

 

Rony makes regular appearances on television and radio shows in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East, including interviews and solo performances, consistently demonstrating a strong rapport with worldwide audiences. Further, Rony served as the Musical Director and Composer for a Saturday night television show (Iktachafna el Baroud) on LBCI TV-Lebanon in 2006 and on “What the viewers want” on MBC TV in 1997.

 

·      ORCHESTRAL COMPOSITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

2014      "Beirut Sensations" & "Darbouka Concerto”     Yerevan, Armenia

With the Academic Theatre Symphonic Orchestra of Yerevan

conducted by Karen Drugaryan   

                                              

2012    “Boulder Sensations” (world premiere)    Boulder, USA

With the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Butterman


2011    "Darbouka Concerto” (world premiere) & “Beirut Sensations”    Bremen, Germany

With the Bremer Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Markus Poschner and broadcasted live on Bremen Radio


2009   "Beirut Sensations" (world premiere)     Boulder, USA

With the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Butterman

·      ALBUMS PRODUCED, COMPOSED, & ARRANGED

2016   ” Cycle of Return” Coming Soon 

Trio Album with Vlad Gershivich & Alex Nekrasov - USA

 2010   "Darbouka City" distributed and published by EMI Records music Arabia, followed by Music video clip "Darbouka City"

2005   "Karizma" with Michel Fadel, distributed and published by EMI Records music Arabia 

1999   "Aramba" followed by Music video clip "Aramba"

·      ORCHESTRAS RECORDED AND PERFORMED WITH AS SOLOIST

London Symphony Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra                                     Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Moscow Symphony Orchestra                                        WDR Radio Orchestra of Cologne

Bremer Philharmonic Orchestra                                      Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague                               Chicago land Pops Orchestra

Toronto Orchestra and Choir                                           NDR Bigband

Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra                                     Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra                        UK I.A.P.S. National Symphony Orchestra

Osnabruck Symphony Orchestra                                     Morgenland All Star Band & chamber orchestra

Camerata Salzburg Orchestra                                           Bandadriatica-Italy

Academic Theatre Symphonic Orchestra of Yerevan  

 

·      ARTISTS PERFORMED, TOURED, AND RECORDED WITH

 

Sarah Brightman                      Arturo Sandoval                       Fairuz                          

Al Di Meola                             Bond                                         Talvin Singh

Juan Martin                              Vanessa Mae                             Pedro Eustache                       

Dave Grusin                             Don Grusin                               Simon Shaheen

Jaz Coleman                             Oscar Castro-Neves                  Alex Acuna

Ziad Rahbani                            Abboud Abdel Aal                    Art Lande

Richard Galliano                       Ibraham Loberial                      Ara Gevorgyan

Martin Grubinger                      Nelson Rangel                          Perhat Khaliq              

Raúl di Blasio                           Aynur                                         Mike Herting

Antonio Forcione                      Eduardo Niebla                        

Otis Grand                                 Iris Hond                                 

Pete Lockett                              Patrick Leonard                      

 

·      CONDUCTORS WORKED WITH

 

John Axelrod               Arnie Roth                 Markus Poshner               Eckehard Stier             

Michael Butterman      Niklas Willén             Karen Drugaryan          Wolf Kerschek

 

·      CONCERT HALLS PERFORMED AT AS FEATURED GUEST SOLOIST

 

UK

Royal Albert Hall                                                         Royal Festival Hall

Barbican Centre – Concert Hall                                   Queen Elizabeth Hall                           

Purcell Room, London                                                  The Stables

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, London                         

 

USA

Rosemont Theatre, Chicago                                           Macky Auditorium, Boulder-CO

Lakewood Culture Center, Denver                                 Miami-Dade County Auditorium

 

Germany

Gewandhaus, Leipzig                                                      Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne

Die Glocke, Bremen                                                        Stadthalle, Osnabrück

Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cologne                                 Theater An Der Ruhr, Mülheim

Kultur+Kongress Zentrum Rosenheim – KUKO          NDR Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen, Hannover       

Brunnenhof der Residenz – Münich

 

Lebanon

Salle des Ambassadors-Casino du Liban                         Al Madina Theatre

Casino Du Liban Theatre                                                  Palais de l' UNESCO

Bustan Festival - Lebanon

 

Other Countries

Vienna concert Hall – Austria

Mumuth -Ligeti Hall, University of Graz –Austria

Sydney Opera House - Australia

Stockholm Concert Hall – Sweden

Hummingbird Centre- Toronto - Canada

Kremlin Palace Concert Hall - Moscow-Russia                        

Monte Libano Club - São Paulo - Brazil                       

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage - UAE                

Teatro Astral, Buenos Aires - Argentina

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall – Japan                                          

Theatre National de Chaillot-Paris -France

Rudolfinum Concert Hall- Prague - Czech Republic                 

Largo Porta Terra - Otranto - Italy    

Peshawa Hall, Erbil - Iraq                                                         

Officine Cantelmo - Lecce-Italy         

Kilden Performing Art center – Kristiansand – Norway                      

The Odeon Of Herodes & Gazarte Club – Athens - Greece

Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera & Ballet       

Cemal Re┼čit Rey Concert Hall- Istanbul & AASSM -Izmir –Turkey

                                                  

·      SYMPHONIC GAME MUSIC CONCERTS & ALBUMS FEATURING RONY

2005–Present    Symphonic Game Music Concerts by Merregnon Studios

2012                  “Symphonic Fantasies Tokyo” Music from Square Enix by Merregnon Studios

2010                  “Symphonic Fantasies” Music from Square Enix by Decca Records

2008                  “Symphonic Shades” Huelsbeck in concert, by Merregnon Studios

2008                  “PLAY!” Live

2007                  “The Darkness” by 2K Games for Play station 3 and Xbox 360 

 

 ·      SYMPHONIC GAME MUSIC PERFORMED WITH COMPOSERS PRESENT

Final Fantasies -Chrono Trigger- Chrono Cross -Battlefield

Metal gear Solid- Halo- Shenmue -Silent Hill

The Chronicles of Riddick- Castlevania

Nobuo Uematsu -Koji Kondo- Akira Yamaoka -Takenaobu Mitsuyoshi

Yasunori Mitsuda - Yuzo Koshiro - Jeremy Soule - Chris Hülsbeck - Gustaf Grefberg

 

·      MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

2016         Morgenland fall Academy at Fattoria Musica Osnabrück - Germany

 

2016         Institute for Music of Hochschule Osnabrück - Germany                     

 

2016         53rd Annual Maronite Convention Nam in San Fransisco- USA

 

2015         Morgenland Summer Academy at Fattoria Musica Osnabrück - Germany

 

2015        The University of Adger (Faculty of Fine Arts) Kristiansand- Norway

 

2015        The University of Gothenburg-Academy of Music & Drama

 

2015        Kultur Bunker - Cologne - Germany

2014        The Gesamtschule Schinkel - Osnabruck-Germany

2014        Qolo old house in Byblos - Lebanon

2012        Drum Shop, Boulder-USA

2012        University of Michigan, Ann Arbor-USA

2012        Gymnasium in der Wüste, Public School, Osnabrück-Germany

2009        Immersive Studios, Boulder-USA

2007        College of Music University of Colorado, Boulder-USA

2002         South Bank Center, London-UK

2000         Granada, Spain

2000         IAPS National Symphony Orchestra, Ipswich-UK

1997         Trinity College of Music, London-UK

 

·      CONFERENCES

2003 to 2012 , 2015-2016     

Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

2006     "Ziad el Rahbani & Fairuz" at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

 

·      MEDIA COMMENT

2012    “Rony Barrak is an excellent great musician” by the Legend Arturo Sandoval-Beirut Jazz festival - on LBCI TV “In Touch”

2010    "A Sublime Virtuoso" by Roger Ebert, screenwriter/film critic, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago-USA

2009    "Boulder Philharmonic goes exotic with tabla virtuoso Rony Barrak… A riveting performance

             Lebanese musician Rony Barrak is an absolute master of the instrument" Daily Camera, Boulder-USA

2005    “Le percussionniste Rony Barrak a enflammé la foule” Prestige Le Monde de célébretiés, Lebanon

1989    “Rony Barrak proceeds to amaze the crowd with technique and speed that many of us would have difficulty matching with sticks. He also has the ability to play musically in a style reminiscent of Airto Moreira’s tambourine solos.”  Rhythm, UK

 

·      AWARDS

2010    Appreciation award by the Ambassador of Lebanon-Buenos Aires-Argentina

2010    Appreciation award by the Juventudo de la uniõn cultural Argentino-Libanesa

2010    Appreciation award by the president of Saint George Hospital

2005    Honorary Citizen of the City Dearborn, Michigan-USA

1988    Gold Medal-Studio al Fan on LBCI Television-Lebanon

 

·      ENDORSEMENTS

Zildjian Cymbals         

Kevork for Invented Percussions

The Boulder Drum Shop-USA

 

 

 

 

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