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STOP THE WAR

STOP THE WAR My name is Prokhor Protasov; I am a Russian musician. It is excruciating to see how friends in Ukraine are suffering these days, Russian soldiers are dying, and the very existence of our beautiful countries is under threat for the sake of the personal ambitions of a despicable dictator. For me, Russians are — Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. There is no place for Putin and his friends on this list. Woefully, THEY have appropriated the word 'Russians,' and THEY think they can speak and act on our behalf. It is a tragedy, the consequences of which we will have to deal with for decades. I strongly condemn Russia's actions in Ukraine.

I recently became one of the finalists of the prestigious Russian Composers' Competition PARTITURA. This competition was created with the support of the President's Grants Foundation. I did not hear that the JURY members (famous respectable musicians!) condemned the ongoing act of fascism [upd: according to FaceBook, V. Urupin and A. Goribol co-signed the Open Letter of the Musicians of Russia condemning the war]. Under these circumstances, I do not see any way to continue participating in this competition. I request that my name be removed from the list of finalists. The silence is immoral.

Sabam Award nomination

Sabam Award nomination September 10, 2021: The World Soundtrack Academy announces a new wave of nominees for the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards 2021: Nainita Desai and Natalie Holt are piling up the nominations and Gavin Brivik and Amelia Warner, no strangers to the WSA, return to the competition this year as possible winners of the Discovery of the Year and Public Choice Awards respectively.

...to conclude, there is also the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer, worth 2,500 euros. The participating composers were asked to write a score for a scene from Nanook of the North, the silent documentary film from 1922 by Robert J. Flaherty. Dougal Kemp, a British visual arts composer and sound designer, the American composer Matthew Lucado-Donner and Prokhor Protasov, a Russian composer and conductor, are the young film music talents who are competing for this award.

more info here: https://www.worldsoundtrackawards.com

Escape Room on YouTube

The recording of the annual Student Composer Collective Opera Project is now available on the University Of Toronto Opera YouTube channel!

About this performance:
Conductor: Sandra Horst
Director: Mario Pacheco
Composers: Prokhor Protasov, Evan Tanovich, Paul Kawabe and Paul Lessard
Librettist: Michael Patrick Albano
Production Design: Wesley McKenzie
Costume Design: Lisa Magill
Hair & Make-up Design: James Bolton
Stage Manager: Kristin McCollum
Produced by: Riddle Films & Christina Bell
Made possible in part by a generous gift from Dianne W. Henderson

Cast in order of appearance:
Parker Clements (Mervin, an accountant), Alex Mathews (Guardian #1), Alessia Vitali (Guardian #2), Angelo Moretti (Guardian #3), Juliana Krajčovič (Ruth, a brilliant PHD student), David Walsh (Vlad the Impaler), Lindsay Connolly (Prisoner #1), Danlie Acebuque (Prisoner #2), Heidi Duncan (Prisoner #3), Sacha Smith (An airline stewardess), Luke Noftall (The Voice of Authority), Mélissa Danis (Sister Clothilde, a Carmelite nun), Noelle Slaney (Madame Curie, a scientist), Elias Theocharidis (Cosmo Duff Gordon), Alexandra Fee (Lady Duff Gordon), Renee Fajardo (Imelda Marcos), Alex Hetherington (Ivanka Trump), Nicholas Higgs (Doug Ford).

Andrea Grant, piano
Jonny Smith, percussion
Adriana Jankovic, clarinet

My New Website!

My New Website! Today, February 9, 2021 — is the birthday of my new website. I am very proud of that as it was completely written by me "from scratch" in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, and MySQL without using any frameworks or third-party CMS.

Cesar Cui was a military engineer, Alexander Borodin was a chemist, Charles Ives was an insurance agent. Considering the current world situation, I continue their tradition. If you are looking for someone to develop your website, please contact me.

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