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See also original artist name in Russian: Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев. Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a major Russian composer of the twentieth century. Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka (now Krasne in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine) Prokofiev took piano, theory, and composition lessons from Glière, then enrolled at the St Petersburg Conservatory when he was thirteen. He took theory with Lyadov, orchestration with Rimsky-Korsakov, and became lifelong friends with Nicolai Myaskovsky.