Alexander Prokhorov-Tolstoy is a Russian-American bass-baritone opera singer, vocal method creator and vocal instructor, stage director, producer, choral conductor, and composer. He grew up in a family with rich cultural traditions. Among his relatives are writer Alexey Tolstoy (great-grandfather), poet of silver century, and notorious interpreter of Shakespeare, Mikhail Lozinsky (great-grandfather), artist Ekaterina Tolstaya (mother), composer Dmitri Tolstoy, writer Tatyana Tolstaya (aunt), and many others. Literary, musical, and theatrical hobbies were a part of Alexander's childhood years and led him to pursue his artistic career. He is a graduate of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory Musical College with a degree in piano performance. He studied chorus conducting at Moscow State Pedagogical University in Russia. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy further received a Master’s Degree in Opera performance at Longy School of Music and Boston Opera Institute.
Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy is internationally recognized voice instructor and creator of a unique method of vocal training and performance and voice rehabilitation technique called "ONE TWO THREE SING ®" (U.S. federal trademark serial number of 86200198). He teaches series of master classes and gives lectures on the subject throughout the United States and Europe, including Gnessin State Musical College and the Higher School of Performing Arts (Theater School of Konstantin Raikin) in Moscow. His voice teaching method and skills were praised by national newspapers including the Boston Globe, USA National Radio and TV stations. He was also featured in the national TV show “Young Marvels” by Ovation TV as a teacher of vocal prodigies. Alexander’s students are featured on America’s Got Talent and appear before the celebrity judges, honored to perform US National Anthem at sport’s championships, including legendary Red Sox baseball team games in Boston.
His students regularly win renowned international vocal competitions and perform on stages of renowned theaters and philharmonic halls, including the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York, the famous Boston Symphony Fidelity Investment young Artists Competition at Boston Pops in Boston, Jordan Hall of New England’s Conservatory, and others. Alexander often presides as an honorable member of Jury of national and international competitions, with genre ranging from Opera to Broadway and Pop/Jazz.
Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy is the Founder and Artistic and Stage Director of the award-winning Commonwealth Lyric Theater, where he staged critically acclaimed productions of operas featuring world-class singers from the Bolshoi, La Scala, and Metropolitan opera companies. His opera productions of Aleko by S. Rakhmaninov, 2013 and Mozart and Salieri by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, 2014, and “Demon” by Anton Rubinstein, 2017, won 1st prize in the National Opera Association Competition (NOA). Commonwealth Lyric Theater also includes a Young Artist Program. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy's vocal students, between the ages of 6 and 18, have an opportunity to perform on the big stage with international stars in all of his productions. Currently, Commonwealth Lyric Theater is launching International Music Project for Children - a Live show "Musical Window" or Adventures of the Golden Clef. The "Musical Window" or "The Adventures of the Golden Clef"– is an interactive weekly LIVE show for children that will send kids on a fun and educational musical journey. They will learn about basics of rhythm and melody, get acquainted with musical instruments, and be introduced to the great composers of all times and the masterpiece music they created.
Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy was the artistic director and vocal instructor of Lucky Ten Young Talent Studio, a winner of international competitions that produced, several fully staged opera productions performed by children with orchestra, which included Mozart's The Magic Flute and Figaro, Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmila, and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. Some of those productions received an Honorable Mention Award by National Opera Association.
As a performer, Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy’s concert appearances range from Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory to Moscow and St. Petersburg's Philharmonic Halls. Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy is also known as Master of Russian and Gypsy Romances. He is a connoisseur and collector of well-known, as well as rare and forgotten romances, that he performs with his own improvised piano accompaniment. His last concert tour in Russia was widely covered by Russian Media including main TV channel, TV CULTURE RUSSIA "Россия Культура": https://tvkultura.ru/video/show/brand_id/19725/episode_id/2247903/video_id/2272934/ Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy’s international concert tours always include the annual Evening of Russian and Gypsy Romances at Tolstoy's Museum in Moscow, which Mr. Prokhorov dedicates to his famous great grandfather, Aleksey Tolstoy.
Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy composes music for children's musicals and drama plays, including famous Musical Play "Buratino", based on famed retold tale of "Pinnoccio" by Aleksey Tolstoy.
Mr. Prokhorov-Tolstoy serves as the co-founder of the Child Prodigy Concert Series of Boston and Music Director at Star Academy in Watertown, a private school for gifted and talented children. He and his wife Irina have seven children ages 1 to 27 years old that are all being raised in best musical traditions.
Irina Prokhorov is the co-founder of International Musical Project for Children “MUSICAL WINDOW” or "The Adventures of the Golden Clef". She is also Producer and Production Director of Commonwealth Lyric Theater. Ms. Prokhorov’s recent opera productions include Carmen by G. Bizet, Cossack Beyond the Danube by A. Hulak-Artemovsky, Boris Godunov by M. Mussorgsky, and Demon by A. Rubinstein, all of which were widely acclaimed by the press and the opera Demon received the first prize by National Opera Association of the USA for the Best Opera Production of 2017 among professional opera companies in USA.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in choir conducting and music education, as well as a Juris Doctor. Ms. Prokhorov taught music to children ages 2 and up at Baby Academy in Boston, and at Happy Child in Newton, Massachusetts, and runs her own law firm, the Law Office of Irina Rubinshtein, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Ms. Prokhorov is the co-founder of the Child Prodigy Concert Series of Boston, and Producer to series of internationally known performers.
She and her husband Alexander have seven children ages 1 to 27 years old that are all being raised in best musical traditions.