World Connections from Roosevelt Island: Steve Barakatt and the DNA of Music


Roosevelt Islander Jonn Nubian isn’t just the most fashionably dressed Roosevelt Islander, he’s also one the best connected to the world of art, fashion, and music. Editor-in-Chief of YRB magazine, he talked about the DNA of music with Award-winning new-classical composer and pianist Steve Barakatt in August.

Edited by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

“Barakatt recorded his first solo album, Double Joie when he was 14,” Nubian’s cover story tells us. “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.”

Not bad for a kid. Read the full interview with Jonn Nubian here.

In the meantime, who is Steve Barakatt?

Steve Barakatt: The Maestro of Melodies

Every once in a while, we come across individuals who leave an indelible mark on the world of music. They are not just musicians; they are maestros who weave magic with their notes and rhythms. One such virtuoso is Steve Barakatt, a Canadian composer, music producer, pianist, singer, and creative director hailing from Quebec City.

Born on May 17, 1973, into a family of music lovers, Steve fell under the spell of music at the tender age of four. This early fascination with music was the spark that ignited a lifelong passion, leading him down a path that would see him become one of the most acclaimed figures in the music industry.

The Journey Begins

Steve’s journey began when he started playing piano as a young child. His talent was evident from the start, and it wasn’t long before he was composing his own music. The 1990s and 2000s saw him honing his craft and making a name for himself in the music industry.

He created music that transcended boundaries and resonated with audiences worldwide. His compositions, infused with emotion and depth, have a unique ability to touch hearts and stir souls. His dedication and talent have earned him recognition and accolades, including being made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

A World-Renowned Composer

Over the course of more than three decades, Steve has collaborated with many international artists and organizations, using his music to bring people together and promote peace. His work ranges from the origin of life to death, from earthly themes to the infinity of space.

Steve’s compositions are not just pieces of music; they are stories told through melodies and harmonies. Each piece is a testament to his prowess as a composer and his ability to evoke strong emotions through his music. His music has graced numerous platforms, from concert halls to global events, earning him a reputation as a world-renowned composer.

The Man Behind the Music

Despite his success, Steve remains grounded and dedicated to his craft. He continues to create music, pouring his heart and soul into every composition. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million, a testament to his success and popularity. Yet, for Steve, it’s not about the fame or fortune; it’s about the love of music and the joy it brings to people.

Steve Barakatt is more than just a musician. He is a beacon of creativity and passion, an artist who has dedicated his life to creating beautiful music. His journey, from a young boy enchanted by music to an internationally acclaimed composer, is a testament to his talent, hard work, and dedication.

As we look forward to his future compositions and performances, one thing is certain: Steve Barakatt will continue to enchant us with his music, one melody at a time.

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