Adnan Baraké

Syrian composer and oud-player Adnan Baraké; draws on both middle-eastern and western influences in search of a unique musical voice.

Born in Swaida, Syria, Adnan’s love of music appeared at an early age playing various instruments, however, he was given his first oud at the age of fourteen. Moving to Damascus in 1997 to study civil engineering, Adnan was fortunate to meet Syrian oud master Fayez Zahreddeen, who became an important influence on his developing style.

Adnan's natural talent was obvious, and in 2002 he was accepted into the prestigious Higher Conservatorium of Music in Damascus. He studied with oud masters Ali Akbar (Azerbaijan) and Samir Orabi (Syria), exploring middle-eastern, Arabic and western classical music. His unique musical voice was becoming clear, and while still a student his playing was described as 'original and innovative; producing new sounds from the oud'.

Adnan was a regular soloist with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, performing at the orchestra's tenth anniversary concert and the opening of the Syrian Opera House in 2004. During this time, he also worked to re-design the internal structure of the oud - bringing to the instrument a new brightness and depth of sound.

Adnan relocated to Australia in 2008 where he released his debut album Dinaan in 2011, featuring original works for the oud that draw on both his Syrian heritage and Australian experiences. Adnan was invited to play at Australia’s largest festivals including the National Folk Festival and WOMADelaide. These diverse experiences have prompted him to explore a wide range of musical genres from country and bluegrass to jazz, and to blend them with his background of Arabic, Middle-Eastern, and Western classical music. In 2012 Adnan also pursued further formal studies in composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

Adnan has been a featured guest on ABC Classic FM and Radio National, where his music is played regularly.

In 2014, Adnan was awarded a City of Melbourne Arts Grant to produce a new album, Syrian Orpheus, comprised of original compositions for the oud.