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Gabriel Prokofiev

Composer

Biography

English composer, producer and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev is the founder of the Nonclassical record label and clubnight. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2015 as composer for Shobana Jeyasingh’s Bayadère – The Ninth Life in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

Prokofiev, son of artist Oleg and grandson of composer Sergei, was born in London and studied at Birmingham and York universities. He founded Nonclassical in 2003; its first CD release included Prokofiev’s String Quartet no.1 and a selection of remixes of the piece. His work is informed by his backgrounds in both classical and popular music, especially his work as a DJ and a producer of hip-hop, grime and electro. Further works include three string quartets and two BBC Proms commissions – the Turntables Concerto (for DJ Yoda, 2011) and Violin Concerto 1914 (for Daniel Hope, 2014) – as well as the percussion suite Import/Export, a book of pieces for solo piano recorded by GéNIA and an orchestral remix of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. As well as its work as a record label, Nonclassical produces regular clubnights around London.

Prokofiev has written many pieces for dance, including the electronic scores Strange Blooms (Shobana Jeyasingh, 2013) and Howl (Luzerner Ballet and Maurice Causey, 2013), as well as Ein Winternachtstraum (Bern Ballett, 2011). Dramatic works include The Ghost of Gunby Hall (2012) and ‘mini-opera’ The Lonely Giant (2009). His works are regularly performed around the world, including in Rio de Janiero, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and by Seattle Symphony. He is currently composer in residence for the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn (OPPB) in France.

News and features

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26 August 2015
Culture clubbing: Can classical music save the UK's nightclub scene?

With nearly half of the UK's nightclubs having closed in the past decade, can Bach replace breakbeat?

Dance Essentials: Bayadère – The Ninth Life

25 March 2015
Dance Essentials: Bayadère – The Ninth Life

Our quick guide to Shobana Jeyasingh’s reimagining of the India-set classical ballet La Bayadère.

Watch: Our favourite Shobana Jeyasingh clips

24 March 2015
Watch: Our favourite Shobana Jeyasingh clips

The choreographer's top YouTube moments reflect her position at the forefront of British contemporary dance.