15 year old Alex Prior conducts Atarah’s Childrens Classic Concert From Russia with Music at the Barbican April 6th 4pm.
Talent: Alexander Prior is studying in St Petersburg because he is too advanced for British music schools
Spotlight: Alex at a Childrens’ Classic Concert at the Barbican
Child prodigy Alexander Prior conducted the official world premiere of his ballet, Mowgli, at the Kremlin Februrary 3rd
Alex, formerly of St John’s Wood, has been training in Russia since his family were unable to find a British school to channel his precocious talent.His ballet composition – based on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book was first performed last year to a private audience of invited guests in Moscow. 6,500 people watched him conduct the official launch at the Kremlin. Special guests included the head of the British Council and the Russian foreign affairs minister .
Alex’s father, Peter, a renewable energy consultant and Russian mother, Elena, a former actress, arranged for their son to have piano lessons from the age of three. He showed talent even at that age but was soon deemed too advanced for the Royal College of Music Saturday morning teaching or for the renowned Purcell School.He and his mother eventually moved part -time to her home country where he is studying composition and conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He is one of its youngest students in a century and has been achieving straight A’s in his exams.In addition to Mowgli, he has also conducted the State Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg in a performance of his own String Symphony No 1 and given another concert of his own compositions in Tallinn, Estonia.He has written more than 40 works, including symphonies, two ballets, two operas and a requiem.
For more information on Alex look at www.alexprior.co.uk or Youtube alex prior jungle book Mowgli
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