Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, producer, DJ and founder of the Nonclassical record label & club night.
Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Gabriel 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 and it has since been performed by Seattle Symphony and Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Prokofiev’s own distinctive sound is informed by his background as a producer of hip-hop, grime, and electro records, as well as his earlier involvement in electroacoustic music at York and Birmingham universities, which saw him win a Residency prize at the prestigious Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition in 1998. His classical composing career began 2003 with his first two String Quartets, which he composed for the Elysian Quartet, though he continued producing electro & grime, and also began his Nonclassical Remix series (and has now produced over 30 Remixes of contemporary classical works).
Large-scale works include a ballet of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (2011) with choreographer Cathy Marston for Bern Ballet, Switzerland, a Concerto for Bass Drum & Orchestra which was premiered by Princeton Symphony in the USA with soloist Joby Burgess and Rossen Milanov (2012), plus an all electronic ballet collaboration ‘Howl!’ with American choreographer Maurice Causey for Lucerne Ballet (2012). In May 2013, Gabriel made his Russian Orchestral debut with the world premier of his Cello Concerto No1 with the St Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Sabrie Bekirova, and soloist Alexander Ivashkin. Most recent orchestral commissions were a critically acclaimed Concerto for Trumpet Percussion, Turntables and Orchestra premiered by Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn (2014), a Symphonic Work ‘Dial 1-900 Mix-A-Lot’ for Seattle Symphony (2014), and his first Violin Concerto (commission by the BBC Proms and Luxembourg Philharmonie) and written for Violinist Daniel Hope (2014), and performances at the Royal Albert, Tchaikovsky Hall & Luxembourg Philharmonic Hall.
In March 2015 he made his Royal Opera House debut with a 1 hour contemporary dance work with genre-defying choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, ‘Bayadere: The Ninth Life’ which has since been nominated for the British Composer Awards 2015.
Gabriel is currently the composer in residence for Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn in southern France, who premiered the first chapter of his new orchestral City inspired series: Carnet de Voyage in September 2015, with movements on St Petersburg, London & Vienna.
Gabriel is published by both Faber Music and Mute Song, and lives in Hackney, London, with his partner and their three young children.