Composer in Residence at University of Toronto New Music Festival 2014

So I’ve just arrived in Toronto. It’s bitterly cold (-17˚C), everyone’s complaining that it’s been the coldest winter they can remember, but I’m thrilled to be back here.

About a year ago I came to Toronto to perform with Andrew Burashko’s brilliant Art of Time Ensemble. At that time I met professor of composition, Norbet Palej and he invited me to be the guest composer in residence at the University of Toronto New Music Festival 2014. 11 months later, after a lot of planning, the festival is about to start, and I’m really honoured to be the Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition” for 2014 (previous guest composers include: K. Penderecki, Chen Yi, Anders Hillborg…).With this residency I have the rare opportunity (for a living composer!) of many of works being performed over one week – in 9 concerts over the next 9 days. Most of these performances will be the Canadian Premiers (with only my String Quartet no.1, Cello Multitracks & Piano Book No.1 having been performed in Canada before). Works that I wasn’t expecting to get repeat performances soon: such as my ‘spoken-word opera’ The Ghost of Gunby Hall, and ‘Stolen Guitars’ (for Electric Guitar Quartet) will get their North American premiers, as will my Cello Concerto No.1. My brand new Flute Trios will get their world premier, and ‘Sleeveless Scherzo’ for solo violin & solo dancer will get a completely new interpretation.

Here’s a promo video that choreographer Angela Blumberg, and Violinist Lynn Kuo have made:

And here’s a video about Bryan Cheng, the super talented young Cellist who will perform my Cello Concerto with Canada’s no1 contemporary classical orchestra: Esprit Orchestra:

Also, I’ll be presenting new suite versions of two recent electronic ballets I composer last year: ‘Howl’ & ‘Strange Blooms’. And I’ll be presenting the first NONCLASSICAL TORONTO club-night in association with the Canadian Music Centre.
Here’s the listing of all the concerts I’m involved in:
Norbert Palej, coordinator
Gabriel Prokofiev, Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition
Saturday, January 25, 2014 // Festival Opening Concert
University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra
David Briskin, conductor // DJ Madhatter, guest artist // Rebecca MacLeod, violin solo
S. Prokofiev: Selections from Cinderella (Matthew Poon, graduate student conductor)
G. Prokofiev: Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra
G. Prokofiev: Spheres for violin and string orchestra (Maziar Heidari, graduate student conductor)
S. Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet (arr. David Briskin)
7:30 pm. MacMillan Theatre. $30 adult, $20 senior, $10 student

Sunday, January 26, 2014 // Strange Matter // Esprit Orchestra
Alex Pauk, conductor // Bryan Cheng, Cello solo
Gabriel Prokofiev: Movement from Concerto for Cello #1
Samy Moussa: new work (Esprit commission, world premiere)
Peter Ruzicka: Satyagraha
Zosha Di Castri: Strange Matter

Gabriel Prokofiev: Movement from Concerto for Cello #1
Unsuk Chin: Graffiti
8:00 pm. Koerner Hall. Pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm. For tickets call 416-408-0208
For further information:

Monday, January 27, 2014
Guest Recital: Roberto Turrin, piano
Incl. Entrance and Clockwatt from Gabriel Prokofiev’s Piano Book No. 1
7:30 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Composers Forum with Gabriel Prokofiev
8:00 pm. Canadian Music Centre.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Gabriel Prokofiev DJ-sets // Rose Bolton (violin/electronics) // Bryan Holt (solo cello) //Laura Silberberg (piano/turntables)
Presented by the Canadian Music Centre. Powered by Audio Blood.
9:00 pm. Canadian Music Centre Performance Space. Free

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Chamber Music of Gabriel Prokofiev I
G Prokofiev: The Ghost of Gunby Hall  // Patrick Murray, conductor
Amanda Smith, stage director Performed by U of T students
G Prokofiev: Bogle Move G Prokofiev: String Quartet # 1 // Cecilia String Quartet
Gary Kulesha: New work // Susan Hoeppner, flute // Patrick McGraw: Glass
7:30 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Chamber Music of Gabriel Prokofiev II
Piano Book #1 (excerpts) // Youngun Kim, piano
Sleeveless Scherzo // Angela Blumberg, dance // Lynn Kuo, violin
Flute Trio (excerpts) // Camille Watts, Tristan Durie, Jacky Tam
Stolen Guitars // David Occhipinti Electric Guitar Quartet
Includes the presentation of the Distinguished Visitor Medallion to Mr. Prokofiev
12:10 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Friday, January 31, 2014 // Electroacoustic Concert
Multimedia works with electronics, images, and surround sound by graduate students and festival guest composer Gabriel Prokofiev: presenting suites from recent Electronic ballet works: ‘Howl‘ (2013) & ‘Strange Blooms‘ (2013). Presented by Dennis Patrick.
12:10 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Friday, January 31, 2014 // Karen Kieser Prize Concert
Gabriel Prokofiev ‘Cello Multitracks’ + Live Remixes // Shauna Rolston (live Cello) / Peter Gregson (multitrack cellos on 8 loudspeakers)
+ 2013 Karen Kieser Prize winning work Walking by Chris Thornborrow, recent pieces by Katerina Curcin and Kevin Lau, Cecilia Livingston.
7:30 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Sunday, February 2, 2014 // Choral Concert
featuring the MacMillan Singers and Women’s Chamber Choir Concert conducted by Hilary Apfelstadt. Includes music by Gabriel Prokofiev Simple Songs for Modern Life
and a premiere of the winning work of the Faculty’s 2012 choral composition competition.
2:30 pm. Church of the Redeemer. By donation at the door.

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