Ratoi Catalin

Ratoi Catalin

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Ratoi Catalin is a pianist from Mangalia, Romania covering a mixed style called progressive new age piano. The base of this style is new age piano and progressive rock creating an original combination which worth to be listened. Catalin is going to release soon his first album "Pictures of life".


was born in a Romanian town called Baia Mare, on the north-west of the country. I was guided by my parents to the primary music school where I studied the classical piano. On the primary school I had some good results but on the high school, I switched to composition and music theory. For some reasons I didn't joined the Music University and I switched again my carrier to the Economic University. While I studied on the University, I had a very strong musical activity with a lot of rock bands and pop music bands. I was suddenly in love with the progressive rock which became my main influence. It comes into my mind one of my dearest bands, actually my first progressive metal band called Michelangelo. You can hear this band on www.isound.com/michelangelo_ro .

After finishing the University I tried to act as a studio musician for 2 years. I had a wonderful cooperation with a lot of Romanian artists, rock bands and blues bands. I even produced some club/dancing albums. After 2 years, it happened the last big switch of my carrier when I left the studio and I joined the biggest Romanian shipyard as an economist. With the help of God Ive accomplished great things with my family, and now I have 2 beautiful daughters. I was promoted after 3 years as assistant manager and now Im a team leader of "Procurement Department" on Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries shipyard. However I didn't left my musical site apart and I continued to play the piano. I gathered a lot of new and old ideas and I produced a piano album called "Pictures of life". I also tried to approach an original style which I liked to call "progressive new age piano". I hope you will enjoy it.


Pictures Of life will be released this year

Set List

My list consists in the tracks of the album Pictures of life. afew words about the songs:
Blue Joy
This song has a beautiful story because it was initially composed for a rock band as rock ballad style. I still have the recording with that band and it brings me pleasant memories. It is nice harmonic song with a nervous middle part and a mysterious ending.
Where are you father
The title of this song speaks for itself. It�s a pity that my father can not enjoy the releasing of this album. The bad experience of him passing away 2 years ago marked me a lot and gave me the final impulse to produce this album. He is the one that encouraged me and guided me to piano music since I was 6 years old. Lot of respect to you father, and I hope wherever you are now, at least you can hear this one.
Song for my children
Now, I know this is a contrast with the other songs, but I couldn�t help it. There is nothing more beautiful than the look in the eyes of your children when they