Classical I – Rony Barrak
Rony Barrak is an internationally renowned Lebanese percussionist (Darbouka specialist), composer, arranger, pianist and instructor. He held his first darbouka at the tender age of four and began playing it intuitively. Led by early self-confidence, he made his first television performance at the age of seven, and in 1988 he won a Gold Medal in a competition on 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 lived in London from 1990 until 2002, 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.

Barrak’s love of classical music has propelled him to compose three symphonic pieces as well as music for chamber orchestra. He has performed as soloists with world-famous orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, and he has appeared with such artists as Sarah Brightman, Al DiMeola, Arturo Sandoval, Richard Galliano, Vanessa-Mae and Fairuz. Barrak makes regular appearances on television and radio throughout the Middle East, performing in a variety of genres from traditional Arabic folk music to classical, jazz, flamenco, Latin and world music.