Alex Khaskin, of St. Petersburg, Russia, received his undergraduate education at Glinka’s School for The Musically Gifted (piano and conducting), before studying composition and conducting at The St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Alex completed the postgraduate course in composition there in 1984, receiving a 'Master's with Distinction', and graduated with the highest marks in his class. Alex's credits include productions for CBS, CBC, CTV, Nelvana, Lions Gate Films, Artisan, Alliance/Atlantis, CCI Entertainment, and many others.
As well as writing music for film, Alex has been active as a composer of contemporary classical music. Between 1980 and 1993, he composed a symphony, a violin concerto, 2 cello concertos, concertos for piano, a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello, a string quartet, and much other chamber music, as well as choral and vocal works.
In 1993 Alex left Russia with his family and immigrated to Canada. He became a Canadian citizen in 1996 and resides in Toronto, Ontario. For the last 15 years, Alex has been working successfully in the North American film and television industry. The list of his clients includes:
CBS, CBC, CTV, Nelvana, Lions Gate Films, Artisan, Alliance/Atlantis, CCI Entertainment, Muse Entertainment, CINAR, Dufferin Gate, Decode Entertainment, Regent Entertainment, Legacy Film Works, Barna-Alper Productions and many more.
A dark and pounding, percussion-driven track. Pensive and nervous, good for horror, thriller, filmscore / movie. Drama and dangerous situation, extreme risk, being chased by evil or other extreme/terror state. Deep orchestral and ethnic percussion with breath-like underlying textures. Instrumental, Dangerous Music, Dark Music
Fun , yet slightly tense . Unusual instrumentation provides comic relief and let’s you know it is a very odd way to go .Bongos, shakers , bass , Marimba, acoustic piano , Rhodes , contemporary drums, Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Smooth Music
A short jazz track featuring a completely crazy saxophone player . Short jazz track. Funny sax with bass and hihat backing required. Funny rhythm, slightly chaotic, with a cheerful mood, Instrumental, Childrens Music, Childrens Instrumentals
A creepy and sinister underscore, suitable for surveillance, stakeout, dark scenes, nightly horrors. Twitchy strings, twisted sound textures and occasional mangled rhythmic beats. Instrumental, Dangerous Music, Dark Music
A blisteringly heavy guitar riff collides with a solid backbeat shot through with guitar solos and screaming feedback. Extreme sports viewing, car chases or a trip to hell and back... Instrumental, Rock Music, Heavy Metal
Lively and fun comedic style track, making fun of country style music, somewhat reminiscent of the idea behind such tracks as Dueling Banjos. Lighthearted and fun. Instrumental, Childrens Music, Childrens Instrumentals
Beautiful, exciting, fast-paced full scale orchestra. Made famous by Al Hirt (his version appears on the Kill Bill soundtrack) and heard as the theme of The Green Hornet with Bruce Lee and Van Williams, an ABC superhero show of the 1960's remade into a comedy - adventure feature film with Seth Rogen, Instrumental, Classical Music, 20th Century
Beware the toons ! Starting the military way, the chase gets instantly intense and crazy. This track features typical cartoon orchestra sounds plus effects, Instrumental, Childrens Music, Childrens Instrumentals
'New World Groove' style ambient chillout track that carries a slight ethnic / middle eastern feel with use of Sitar/Zither. Great for travel, exploration, world discovery, etc. Instrumental, New Age Music, Spiritual
Uplifting, spirited and stirring semi-orchestral piece with a sense of achievement, success, reaching new heights, overcoming setbacks, struggle for greatness. Olympic / Victorious / Aspirations. Available with or without additional rock elements towards the end, Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Heartwarming Music
An emotional reflective film/drama underscore. Orchestra, flute , piano. Great for drama, personal stories, love and romance, sorrow and regret, etc. Lush and rich sound. Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Ethereal Music
An intensely suspenseful mystery cue underscoring anything from a deceitful murder to a mass epidemic. Orchestral with piano, in the vein of James Newton Howard's scores (The Village, Signs, The Happening). Half way becomes action thriller and end with uncertainty, Instrumental, Dangerous Music, Dangerous Music
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