A lifetime can take many twists and turns, traveling down many backroads and across distant highways. For some, a simple life of going nowhere far from home is acceptable. For others, travel and adventure are part of the journey. And then there are those few who lead truly exceptional lives, making great personal achievements in the face of all opposition.
Mikhail Barash’s life story is truly exceptional and in many ways, like an Indiana Jones adventure, starting out in humble beginnings in the Soviet Union and arriving halfway around the planet in comparative luxury in the USA, performing with symphonies, dealing with foreign governments and international business matters, dodging death and helping others along the way.
But as a boy, Mikhail’s first love was the arts, specifically, the timeless, beautiful works of the great composers of classical music, many which are included in this CD. His journey has now come full circle and once again he is involved in music, playing the violin.
And for Mikhail, just any violin will not do! He performs on an instrument made in Cremona, Italy in 1696 by the great, world-renowned violin maker, Antonio Stradivari. Interestingly, the instrument was made by the famous craftsman at the same age which this CD is being made by Mikhail... but more than 300 years later! You will hear the rich, beautiful tone of his violin on this CD!
Mikhail’s music career has taken him to Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, Mexico, China, Poland, Germany, Hong Kong, Austria, from east to west across the Soviet Union, to major cities in the United States, and many important music festivals around the world.
In 1979 he and his family immigrated to the United States seeking a better future. He played as an orchestra member and also as a featured soloist. Then he and his wife, Alla, formed the Barash School of Music. After five years of an intensive music career in the United States, his life took a detour.
Driving home after a concert, Mikhail had a major car accident, which injured his left hand, and he could no longer play violin professionally! Depressed over this, he thought he might never play again. So he started businesses outside of music. With persistence and dedication, his companies and fortunes grew and grew.
With encouragement from Alla, he began playing violin again after retirement from the business world. When playing at Alla’s birthday party, it was a great pleasure seeing others enjoy the music he created. Mikhail decided to record an album for his wife, selecting a program of passionate, classical melodies. His first solo CD is titled, “For You”. In this, his second CD, Mikhail continues his love affair with the great classics. And as a nice surprise, he has recorded an original neo-classical composition of Alla’s, titled “Dance”, a romantic and beautiful piece you will certainly enjoy, as it takes its place with the great classics on this CD.
It is said that behind every great man there is a great woman. Besides producing this CD of Mikhail’s performances, Alla is also his best friend, wife and partner in life. Together they make truly great music, filled with beauty and passion. It is no wonder that listeners love their music! Enjoy to the fullest, “ For Us”.
Mikhail is accompanied on this CD by world
renowned pianist Larissa Cherkasov, who was born in the former Soviet Union. She is a splendid addition to this CD recording of Mikhail Barash.
Special Thanks to my wife and producer, Alla Barash, my children Eugene and Sara Ann, to my brother Yan Barash and to my mother and father; And to my close friend Blake Byrne; Also to my great friends and business partners (You know who you are); And to my recording engineer and new friend, Phil York; To photographer Tim Boole and graphic artist Stuart Fleming.
On this CD Mikhail is playing his wonderful violin, made in Cremona, Italy by Antonio Stradivari in the year 1696.