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TV & Film

Hundreds of titles written for film and tv series airing on household international networks worldwide, including Cosmic Vistas and Hubble’s Canvas

Ballet & Opera

Critically acclaimed scores, including Anastasia, The Velveteen Rabbit and The Emperor’s New Clothes

Video Games

From dramatic symphony orchestra scores to catchy rock tunes including My Singing Monsters and Concert Kings

just Music

A Doctor in Musical Arts holder, a guitar virtuoso, a multi-instrumentalist, Yves feels equally at home in classical, pop and rock worlds


Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Yves Barbotin began playing guitar at 10. Within a couple of years, he formed the rock band Sphinx which soon won the “Soviet Union’s Best Youth Band” competition. At 16, he joined Russia’s celebrated rock band Forum as lead guitarist, where he was half the age of the other musicians. With Forum he toured the country to sold-out audiences and became Laureate of the Song of the Year Festival in 1989, a career-launching annual TV event. After making Canada his new home in 1990, Yves turned his attention away from music for a decade, during which time he studied languages and linguistics. He also worked as a video editor at Leafs TV and NBA TV Canada.  Yves eventually returned to music and began working as a full time film and television composer. In 2000, Yves wrote his first ballet score, The Velveteen Rabbit. Two more ballet commissions followed: The Emperor’s New Clothes and Anastasia. He has since written numerous compositions for film and television series appearing on Discovery and BBC, among many other networks throughout the world. Yves’s music has been performed and recorded by various orchestras including The Russian Philharmonic, The Kitchener Waterloo Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. Yves has a doctorate in composition from the University of Toronto. He is currently working on his own nature series called fraQtal in which he combines his music composition, drone flying and video production passions. 


the music is positively majestic” – Metro Newspaper


evocative music” – The Globe and Mail


a soaring score” – National Post


beautiful music” – Now Magazine


 Barbotin’s orchestral score is profound” –


extraordinarily gifted composer” –


original music by Ivan Barbotin is lovely” – Now Magazine