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Positioning Prokofiev in the 21st Century and Beyond

Keynote Speech by Gabriel Prokofiev

Thursday, June 15, 2023


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Gabriel Prokofiev will reflect on the legacy of Sergei Prokofiev in the evolution of the classical canon, and help us

Gabriel Prokofiev is a London-based composer, DJ and producer. A significant voice in contemporary classical music, Gabriel combines elements of symphonic composition, film scores, dance, opera and electronic music to both embrace and challenge western classical traditions.

In this talk, Gabriel will reflect on the legacy of Sergei Prokofiev (his grandfather) in the evolution of the classical canon, and help us imagine its continued place in twenty-first century global music.


Symposium Program

Friday, June 16, 2023


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The symposium will bring together musicologists, music theorists, cultural historians, and performers for interdisciplinary conversation about Sergei Prokofiev’s continued impact in musical culture.

9:30-9:40am | Welcome & Opening Remarks


9:40-11:15am | Ballet and the Neoclassical

Moderator: Nicolas Moron

  • Natalia Savkina: About Prokofiev’s Neoclassicism
  • Michaela Franzen: Sur le Borysthène: Migratory Aesthetics and Neoclassical Ballet in Interwar Paris
  • Rita McAllister: Sur le Borysthène: An “Unfairly Rejected Opus”


11:30am-1:00pm | Prokofiev’s Musical Languages

Moderator: Inessa Bazayev

  • Nuno Lucas: Beyond “Iron and Steel”: Unravelling Texture in Prokofiev’s Second Symphony
  • Barbara Nissman: The Three War Sonatas: A Performer’s View


2:00-3:30pm | Prokofiev and His Words

Moderator: Christina Guillaumier

  • Nicolas Moron: Prokofiev and His Editorial Process
  • Campbell Shiflett: Poulenc’s Prokofiev
  • Maria Vinogradova and Anastasiia Dolgikh: Sergei Prokofiev the Moviemaker: Within, Behind, and Around the Images


3:45-5:00pm | Roundtable: Prokofiev in the 21st Century

  • Gabriel Prokofiev
  • Simon Morrison
  • Inessa Bazayev
  • Christina Guillaumier
  • Nicolas Moron


The event is organized by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University with support from the Harriman Institute and the Serge Prokofiev Foundation.