Trajko Prokopiev

Trajko Prokopiev
1909 – 1979

Trajko Prokopiev is considered one of the founders of the Macedonian music culture, whose works represent its basic foundation. He was a composer and conductor. His work is known for the use of historical, mythological and folk motifs- elements of cultural significance to the Macedonian people.

Prokopiev was born in Kumanovo in 1909. In 1934, he completed secondary music school in Belgrade, in the class of Milo Miloevikj. He worked as head of the choral society “Mokranjac” and as a teacher in the eponymous music school in Skopje. After briefly working as a conductor in Leskovac he went to Sarajevo, where he ran the Serb choral society “Sloga.”

After World War II, Trajko Prokopiev was appointed the first director of the Music High School in Skopje. In 1936 he began the cycle choral compositions known as “Kumanovka” which were a continuous process from 1936 to 1958. In order to continue his musical education in 1946, Prokopiev went to the Prague Conservatory where he studied one year with Professor Paul Djedechek. After completing his studies, he was employed as head of the music department at Radio Skopje and worked as a conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, the Skopje Opera and as director of the folklore ensemble “Ensemble.” During that time he was noted as the author of film music, debuting in 1948 music for the documentary “Ilinden 1948.” Other prominent works included film music for “Frosina” and “Night Wolves.”

Trajko Prokopiev also composed and solo and choral songs, chamber suites, and vocal compositions for voice and piano. His other major works include: the ballet “Labin and Dojrana,” both opera “Kuzman Kapidan” and “Parting,” and the first Macedonian opera by the work of A. Panov “Migrant Workers.”

For his rich musical opus, Trajko Prokopiev won the award AVNOJ in 1977 placing him in the ranks of the great musical artists, much to the pride of Kumanovo and Macedonia.

Trajko Prokopiev died in Belgrade in 1979.