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.
Remake of classical piece by famous composer of 20th century Maurice Ravel. Elegant exotic travel, adventure, epic romance. Perfect movie trailer TV show or PBS documentary about Spain or Spanish conquests. Exciting World Beat, thrilling soaring and triumphant. Regal stately winning. Instrumental, Classical Music, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
Famous music by Brahms with modern orchestration . Hi energy contemporary drums, synth bass along with orchestral arrangement. Brings past and present together . Instrumental, Classical Music, Classical Miscellaneous
A sneaky and creepy semi-orchestral soundtrack piece. Twitchy and nervous strings, scattered piano notes, metal clanks, subtle pulsating rhythms. Suitable for horror/scifi as well as for documentary, forensics, murder investigation etc, Instrumental, Dangerous Music, Dark Music
Cartoon can be groovy ! Alex shows us a proof with this funny & funky track. With beat, bass, guitar, scratch effects and an incredible amout of cartoon sounds, Instrumental, Childrens Music, Childrens Instrumentals
A short track of cheesy commercial music, the cartoon way! Sitcom theme song, opening credits, goofy Romantic Comedy. Cute funny lovable & happy music for kids, teens, tweens, high school retro 1980s comedy or cartoon. Animation, romcom, video, McDonalds, back-to-school, quirky goofing off music, Instrumental, Dance Music, Classic Disco
This very dark film or TV drama underscore cue builds slowly in tension, but keeps a steady ticking pattern throughout. Subtle screeching metals and a nervous, repetitive rhythm make for a very unsettling, pensive wait. Suitable for crime scene investigation, criminal forensics, horror or dark drama, Instrumental, Dangerous Music, Dark Music
Elegant upbeat and fun Cha Cha Cha. Floor show, romantic drama or romcom. Sweet flirtatious and festive. Club Bar or Lounge, 20-something, Travel Channel, party, commercial, voice over, cooking show, world beat. Exciting mellow cruise or island music. Wedding or engagement, families and kids. Instrumental, Tropical Latin Music, Cha Cha
Jazz quartet, viloin lead, cheesy romantic music. Sweet Outdated Retro Jazz. Hotel Lounge, strolling musicians, ballgowns, tuxes, and a big fabulous finale. 1960s memory lane, ballgowns, tuxedos, country club. Melodramatic, theatrical, with a romantic pianist playing his heart out! Ah, ROMANCE! Instrumental, Childrens Music, Childrens Instrumentals
Story telling Christmas music. Sensitive, kind, dreamy, epic. Documentary, Bethlehem, Three Wise Men from afar. Special Christmas music, romantic and sweet sensibility. Tender and kind, with timpanis, harp, angelic boys choir, heralding the saviour's birth, magical redemption and thanks giving. Instrumental, Christmas Music, Christmas Orchestral
Epic and sweeping cinematic track that starts mysteriously and ominously, then builds to glorious crescendo and finally develops into a staccato, hammering, powerful orchestral trailer track. Great material for film trailer, fantasy or sci-fi action, war or conflict. Instrumental, Military Music, Submarine Music
A pretty, soft, orchestral theme. Suitable for use in film/drama, family/adventure and also for commercials, poignant/loving messages. Love/romance, family, friendships, values, Instrumental, Dramatic Music, Sad Music
Groovy track with fat funky sounds and swingin' rhythm. Funky, Hip-hop/Urban/Rap. Sarcastic, Liquid, Groovy, Cool. Piano, Electric Guitars, Big Brass. . This is a short track -- the full length version is only 30 seconds long. Instrumental, Jazz Music, Swing | Big Band
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, Dangerous Music
This is a very surreal take on Irish song Danny Boy . It is dark , ominous and suspenseful . Very unusual arrangement . Goof for film and tv dealing with days of IRS, Instrumental, Dangerous Music, Dangerous Music