Interview on BBC Newshour

NONCLASSICAL ‘Rise of the Machines’ series discussed LISTEN HERE

Sunday 21st Feb 2016, Gabriel is interviewed by James Coomarasamy on BBC World Service, about the upcoming NONCLASSICAL  ‘Rise of the Machines’ series of events, which will feature the UK premier of his Concerto for Trumpet, Percussion, Turntables & Orchestra, performed by Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Gerry Cornelius, ft. DJ Mr. Switch (Turntables). more info coming soon at: – dates here:

WEDNESDAY 13 APRIL 2016: The Victoria, Dalston
Tom Richards // Ensemble x.y // Dead Fader

THURSDAY 14 APRIL 2016: venue TBA
Panel discussion on the rise of machines in music

FRIDAY 15 APRIL 2016: Ambika P3, University of Westminster, Baker Street, London
Orchestral night with SouthbankSinfonia including:
Gabriel Prokofiev – Concerto for Turntables, Trumpet, Percussion & Orchestra (UK Premiere)
Aphex Twin – Cock Ver.10 (arr. Stefan Freund) & Blue Calx (arr. Caleb Burhans)
Larry Goves – new work & more to be announced…. // + Nonclassical DJs


Gabriel recently finished his new saxophone concerto for Branford Marsalis, slated for premiere in Naples, Florida on March 17-18, 2016. Co-commissioned by the Naples Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony, the concerto will be performed by Marsalis and the Naples Philharmonic in a concert entitled Star-Crossed Prokofiev alongside “Romeo and Juliet” suite written by Gabriel’s grandfather Sergei Prokofiev. [info here]

Gabriel is thrilled to write for Marsalis, who is also acclaimed for his genre-bending work traversing multiple musical realms. A recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Award, Marsalis has collaborated with artists ranging from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie to Sting, The Grateful Dead, and Spike Lee. Detroit Symphony will premiere the work in Spring 2017.

19th September 2015: VIENNA REMIX

@ BOZAR, Brussels // performances: 19:00, 21:00, 23:00

This post-modern / de-re-constructive project: ‘Vienna Remix’ will feature original movements from two Viennese Classics: Webern’s Five Movements for String Quartet, and Mozart’ss Piano Quartet no.1 which will be answered by genre-breaking Remixes from Gabriel Prokofiev & Beni Giles of the NONCLASSICAL REMIX COLLECTIVE. The Remixes will be performed by Gabriel Prokofiev on Electronics with musicians from EUYO, who will be remixing live, the original repertoire they have just performed. They will be joined on stage by dancer/choreographer duo: Tiran Willemse & James McGinn. The program will climax with a DJ + ensemble improvisation, and ends with an unexpected remix of a celebrated ‘unfinished’ Viennese favourite.

more info:


May-June 2015: Violin Duos & Ballet debut in China //

Retorica Violin Duo are touring China in May 2015 performing Gabriel’s Violin Duo No1 (which they commissioned in 2014) at their recitals in 7 major concert halls around China  // AND // Richmond Ballet are reprising ‘Swipe’ by Val Caniparoli which uses music from Gabriel’s String Quartets + Remixes for their 5 date tour of China.

22 May   Dalian Theatre, Dalian
23 May   Shandong Grand Theatre, Jinan
24 May   Shanghai Daning Theatre, Shanghai
26 May   Chateau Star River Conference Center, Taiyuan
29 May   Jinchang Grand Theatre, Jinchang
31 May   Nanjing Culture and Art Centre, Nanjing
1 Jun      Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin
– National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing
– Dezhou Grand Theatre
– Shenghui Grand Theatre, Jina
– Shanghai Grand Theatre
Harriet & Philippa of Retorica outside Jinchang Concert Hall

Harriet & Philippa of Retorica outside Jinchang Concert Hall

BAYADERE – The Ninth Life /// SOLD-OUT at Royal Opera House

Gabriel’s new collaboration with celebrated choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is on at the Linbury Theatre @ the Royal Opera House: for 4 nights: 25-28th March 2015. SOLD OUT, but returns available. Then it goes on tour, returning to London on 6th May 2015 @ Watford Palace Theatre. Bayadère – The Ninth Life, is Shobana Jeyasingh’s thought-provoking, personal response to the classic 19th century ballet: La Bayadère. Gabriel Prokofiev’s electroacoustic music was created by processing & re-composing recordings of the Minkus score from the original ballet, punctuated by the text of 19th century dance critic Théophile Gaultier (read by Ben Lloyd-Hughes) & piano, strings + percussion. A brilliant insight article about the work can be found on the Royal Opera House website click-here.

Guardian: **** review here // The Times: **** // FT: *** review here.

Sooraj Subramaniam & Sunbee Han in Bayadère – The Ninth Life

Sooraj Subramaniam & Sunbee Han in Bayadère – The Ninth Life


NONCLSS017 Album Cover

Selected Classical Works 2003-2012

Featuring: The Elysian Quartet // The Heritage Orchestra & DJ Yoda // Peter Gregson // Powerplant // GéNIA

The album, released as part of the year long celebrations marking Nonclassical’s 10th anniversary, includes the complete recordings of Gabriel Prokofiev’s String Quartet No.1 and String Quartet No. 2 performed by the Elysian Quartet as well as all four movements of Cello Multitracks performed by Peter Gregson. Gabriel has also chosen two movements from Concerto for Turntables & Orchestra performed by The Heritage Orchestra ft. DJ Yoda (ii Adagietto ‘Irreguluv’-75BPM // iii Largo Pesante-Allegro-Largo ‘Malmo’-62/125BPM), a selection of four pieces taken from Piano Book No.1 as performed by GéNIA (Clock Watt // Entrance // Rockaby // Black Sauce) and finishing with Voyage II Engine Multiplier taken from Import/Export performed by Powerplant.

The front cover of the CD shows the composer at the window of the building in London where he has composed all of the works on this album and where he has based his recording studio for the last 12 years.

And from itunes, and all decent record shops.

G Prokofiev Violin Concerto No1 ‘1914’

WORLD PREMIER & TOURING with soloist: Daniel Hope

// 31 Aug 2014 //
World premier from BBC Proms – broadcast on BBC4 TV –
Violin: Daniel Hope // Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic / Conductor: Sascha Goetzel

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia / Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
// 13 Sept 2014 // Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow – info/tickets
// 15 September // Tyumen- Tyumen Philharmonic concert hall
// 16 September // Chelyabinsk- Glinka Theatre of Opera and Ballet

// 22 October 2014 //
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg / Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte, Luxembourg


Several very positive reviews of world premier of G Prokofiev Violin Concerto ‘1914’, performed by Daniel Hope & Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under conductor Sascha Goetzel at the BBC proms 29th July 2014:

THE TIMES (4 Stars): “…the sheer dislocating bitterness of the writing, both for Daniel Hope, the superb soloist, and for the orchestra…it’s the best thing Gabriel Prokofiev has written.”

Click here to read the full article

THE INDEPENDENT (4 Stars): “the programme for this work is indeed specific, including savagery, shell-shock, and sardonic imperial marches: the rationale is pure Shostakovich, though more literal. Daniel Hope, the instigator of this work, played its stratospherically high solo part with flawless accuracy.”

Click here to read the full article

THE GUARDIAN (4 Stars): “One work, however, stood apart. Daniel Hope was the soloist in the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 1 “1914” – an ambitious depiction of Europe’s descent into war. It contained some startling effects. The BIPO sounded good in it, and Hope impressed by playing atrociously difficult music from memory.”

Click here to read the full article

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (4 Stars) calls the whole concert “Superbly rich”, writing of the Prokofiev, that “it created an extraordinary atmosphere, at once sombre, tender and surreal”.

Click here to read the full article

  1. susie Macpherson said:

    Is there a CD available of G Prokofiev Violin Concerto ‘1914’, performed by Daniel Hope & Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic under conductor Sascha Goetzel at the BBC proms 29th July 2014? I took my mum and dad to see this prom and they loved it. I thought a CD would make a brilliant christmas gift.

    • Thanks for your message. Sorry not to respond sooner – only just seen that my website inbox is full of messages. Unfortunately my Violin Concerto has not been recorded for CD yet… It’s currently only available on youtube. Vladimir Jurowski has said he might record it with the LPO in 1 or 2 years – so please keep a look out. Thanks again for the message. I’m more regular on email:


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