Surprise Concert

Al Bustan Festival 2016

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Rony Barrak, percussion - 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.
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. Furthermore, 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
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

Georgian Strings
Gianluca Marcianò, conductor and others

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