North American Alphorn Retreat

Arkady Shlikoper

Guest instructor, and Performer for the 10th annual North American Alphorn Retreat
Born in Moscow, Russia, October 17, 1956.
    One of most unusual Russian musicians, Arkady Shilkloper plays french horn, corno da caccia, alphorn, vogelhorn and many more wind instruments that are unusual. 
  At the age of six started to play alto horn in a wind orchestra at the Kuntsevo District Young Pioneers House in Moscow.
  1967 to 1974: Moscow Military Music School..
  1976 to 1981: studied Horn at the Gnessins State Music Education Institute (now Gnessins Russian Academy of Music.)
  1978 to 1985: member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra.
  1985 to 1989: member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.
  1976 to 1978: along with his studies at the Gnesssins, takes courses in jazz improvisation at the Moscow Experimental Studio of Music Improvisation 
    (now Moscow College of Improvised Music.)
  1984 to 1986: first serious experience in jazz, Duo with Mikhail Karetnikov (contrabass) 
  Since 1988: Duo with Mikhail "Misha" Alperin (piano.) Their first ECM album "Wave Of Sorrow" (1989) was the first Russian album on ECM.
  In 1990, the Alperin-Shilkloper duo invites Sergey Starostin, a Moscow Conservatory-educated clarinetist and a dedicated researcher of Russian authentic folk music, 
   which results in the creation of Moscow Art Trio. it is one of the most interesting and well-known Ethno Jazz groups from Russia.
    Since 1992, Arkady performs Solo.
    Since 1995, plays in Pago Libre Quartet
  Since 1998, Arkady also plays alphorn, quite an unusual instrument for imnprovised music. Arkady rates one of the best of the few existing jazz performers on alphorn
   In 1998 - 2002 performed with Europe's leading big band, the Vienna Art Orchestra 
   In 2000 - 2004: Trio Mauve with Brazilian guitar player Alegre Correa and Austrian bassist Georg Breinschmid. 
   Their debut album, simply called "Mauve" (Quinton,  2002) was awarded the prestigious Hans Koller Prize of Austria as the "CD Of The Year".
   Since 2005, Duo with Jon Sass (tuba)
   Since 2010, Duo with Vadim Neselovskyi (piano)
   Since 2011, Trio with John Wolf Brennan (piano) and Christian Zehnder (overtone singing, vocal acrobatics) 


    "Los Angeles Times", 26/11/90, by Leonard Feather: 

Moscow, Ida  - It is a long trip from Moscow to Moscow, but for Arkady Shilkloper it was worth the effort. The Soviet French horn virtuoso was one of four Jazzmen from the Soviet Union who arrived here last week to take part in the 23rd annual University of Idaho Jazz Festival at his home town's namesake city. Shilkloper, 33, on his first visit to the United States was the artistic sensation of the four-day event."

"Jazz Times", June 1994, by Leonard Feather:
"Another was the incredible Arkady Shilkloper, who brought his French horn from Moscow, Russia to Moscow, Idaho His control of the instrument, and his blowing creativity have set a new standard, even Julius Watkins, his idol never produced such results."


  Peter Damm 

  Mr. Arkady Shilkloper I met already many years ago at a workshop. 
  Later we met several times during international workshops.
  Whoever hears Arkady Shilkloper for the first time, is fascinated by his art of horn blowing. 
  His concerts are always impressive, inspiring.
  As an artist, Mr. Arkady Shilkloper not limited to one side of the tradition of our instrument. 
  He uses several instruments, improvises with a lot of imagination in unexpected manner, combines classical themes material with jazz elements. 
  His extraordinary ability, coupled with creative ideas is complemented by his ambition to find new ways and opportunities to find game on wind instruments.
  It's amazing what new sounds can be heard during his improvisations. Incredible tone colors captivate the attention of the enthusiastic audience.
  I appreciate Mr. Arkady Shilkloper as a gifted, all sides esteemed artist, dedicated musicians and reliable teachers. 
  I particularly wish to highlight its truly exceptional performance as a virtuoso on several instruments, his creativity and his expertise as an educator.
  In masterclasses Arkady Shilkloper gives his wealth of knowledge with absolute commitment further perfect and inspired the participants.
  I call it a stroke of luck that Mr Arkady Shilkloper was won in April 2005 for a master class on French horn as a guest of the Musikhochschule Dresden. 
  He led this class very successful, erar- beitete with enthusiastic students improvisations on the horn. 
  As a soloist Arkady Shilkloper offered examples from his nem varied program.
  Even as a teacher Arkady Shilkloper is a great artist.
  As an artist and human being, as a great horn virtuoso Arkady Shilkloper enjoys high reputation all over the world. 
  It has a pleasant and friendly character, which is commended recognized in dealing with colleagues and students.