Gabriel Prokofiev

(1975 - )



Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Gabriel Prokofiev (b.1975, London, UK) has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century. His Concerto for Turntables was performed at the BBC Proms in August 2011 to critical acclaim, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski with world champion DJ Switch as soloist, and broadcast on BBC2 television. Other recent works include a poly-stylistic ‘orchestral remix’ of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (2011) commissioned by John Axelrod and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, France; a 3rd String Quartet premiered by the Ruysdael Kwartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2010; import/export, a percussion suite for global junk, toured in UK & USA by Joby Burgess’s Powerplant; a full-length ballet - Ein Winternachtstraum - for Cathy Marston and Bern Ballett, a Cello Concerto written for and premiered by Alexander Ivashkin, and a Concerto for Bass Drum & Orchestra (2012) premiered by Princeton Symphony and the London Contemporary Orchestra.  His Violin Concerto No 1 will be launched by Daniel Hope and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra at the 2014 BBC Proms.

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