Gabriel Prokofiev (b.1975, London, UK) is a London-based composer, producer, and founder of the NONCLASSICAL record label and club night. He has produced Dance, Electro & Hip-hop music under a variety of different guises. In 2003 he returned to his classical roots composing a critically acclaimed String Quartet No 1 for the Elysian Quartet (“defies comparison” Daily Telegraph) which he released on NONCLASSICAL, complete with remixes of the original quartet. What gives his contemporary classical writing its unique edge is his background in dance music combined with his classical roots.
His other compositions include 2nd and 3rd String Quartets, a collection of piano pieces, Piano Book, for Russian virtuoso GeNIA, as well as the groundbreaking Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra which was premiered by DJ Yoda and The Heritage Orchestra at The Scala in Kings Cross, and by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Beni G, in Glasgow, and recently toured by the BBC Concert Orchestra as part of its educational programme.
Other recent works include (IMPORT/EXPORT) for percussionist Joby Burgess''s group PowerPlant, using Global Junk objects, and Sleeveless Scherzo, a piece for solo violin and solo dancer for Rambert Dance Company (choreographer Trish Okenwa). Prokofiev made his conducting debut with his concerto for 'dancing' viola, string orchestra, trombones & percussion, in the Paradiso, Amsterdam in 2008. In March 2009, his NONCLASSICAL club made its debut in New York at the cutting-edge Wordless Music series in New York, and at the Rock festival SXSW to great critical response.
Prokofiev is also a successful composer for ballet. His first full-length ballet work, Ein Winternachtstraum, was written in 2011 and is in 2 acts, including Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra, and extracts from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The ballet was commissioned by Bern Ballett and was premiered in Stadttheater, Bern, Switzerland by Bern Ballett with choreography by Cathy Marston. In 2013 Karole Armitage choreographed extracts and remixes from his Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra, in her production 'Mechanics of the Dance Machine'. More recent works for dance include two ballets for electronics; Howl (2013), which was commissioned by Luzerner Theater and premiered in Lucerne, Switzerland by Tanz Luzerner Theater and choreographer Maurice Causey, and Strange Blooms (2013), which was commissioned by the Southbank Centre for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s 25th anniversary programme. Strange Blooms was premiered at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, UK by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance with choreography by Shobana Jeyasingh and received its capital premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London.