We mourn Misha Alperin, the pianist of the Moscow Art Trio. He died on Friday May 11th  at the age of 61 years in Oslo. A coincidence and common ideas brought us together in 1995. Since then we have released 12 productions in which he has been involved. A person full of humour with whom we laughed a lot, who always knew which way he wanted to go and who published wonderful productions. Misha will live on through his music and his project with the BULGARIAN VOICE ANGELITE and HUUN HUUR TU ” Fly, Fly My Sadness and Mountain Tale are the most beautiful things we have ever released in over 30 years. Thank you for the beautiful music!


The Moscow Art Trio is one of the most exciting new jazz formations. The boundaries between jazz, folk and classical music have become irrelevant or as the critic, Mike Zwerin, wrote in the International Herald Tribune: “Rarely have the frontiers between epochs, Eastern and Western folk music, and jazz and classical music been so gracefully negotiated as by the Moscow Art Trio.’ ‘The personalities of the trio’s members are more important than the instruments they play.”

Piano player Mikhail Alperinis the composer and guiding force of the trio. He has been living in Oslo since 1993 and has become a central figure when it comes to new improvised music of the far north. Horn player Arkady Shilkloper was a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with the Bolshoi Theater orchestra. His unique ability to combine the different music languages makes him famous all over the world. Folksinger Sergey Starostin always showed great interest for folk tales and folk music, even while studying classical music. Whenever he travelled around the former Soviet Union, he would collect stories, songs and traditional instruments. In the Moscow Art Trio he is playing folk reeds and clarinet. He is also writing most of the lyrics.

The first performance of the trio has been on the 5th of June 1990 in Moscow. Since then Moscow Art Trio has been performing all over the world. They have produced many CD’s and cooperated with artists like Bulgarian Voices Angelite Huun-Huur-Tu from Tuva.


The Moscow Art Trio’s spectrum is exceedingly wide– it travels musically to the border of China, paints with Impressionist colors, plays a tricky Russian wedding dance. The music of the ensemble is enriched not with exotic trinkets tacked on as decoration, but with delicate nuances, embedded homogeneously in the group sound. The result is a new form of jazz– poetic jazz. In the midst of Moldavian, Georgian and Russian themes the ‘figures of speech’ often used are the: repetitions, wild outbreaks, and moments of stillness.


Phil Johnson, of The Independent Magazine, referred to the performance of the Moscow Art Trio as: “Unlike other European groups who aim at a home-made, “poor theatre” type of music the Moscow Art Trio don’t have to try to sound Post-Modern – they just are, and in a way that makes what they play, and the context of performance which underpins it, look and sound both utterly contemporary and timeless. Tarkovsky, no; Paradjanov (the Armenian director of The Color of Pomegranates), yes. Once word gets out, they will be the band to book for every festival going.”  this way, it is not accidental that the discography of the Moscow Art Trio includes so many live recordings.

     Mikhail Alperin – piano, claviolo, melodica, vocals   

Mikhail Alperin was born in the Ukraine in 1956 and grew up in a rural area of Bessarabia, the eastern part of Moldavia. Until 1976 he studied classical piano at music schools and academies in the Ukraine and Moldavia. Since 1977 he has worked as a free-lance arranger, composer and practicing musician. In 1980, along with Simon Shirman, Alperin founded the first Moldavian jazz quartet by developing his idea of linking jazz and folk read more

Arkady Shilkloper – French horn, Fluegelhorn, vocals

Arkady Shilkloper was born in 1956, in Moscow, Russia. He began to study playing alto horn at the age of six and switched to French horn in 1967. At the age of eleven he entered the Moscow Military Music School. One of most unusual Russian musicians, Arkady plays French horn, flugelhorn, alphorn and many more wind instruments that are unusual. From 1978 to 1985 he was a member of the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre. With this world-famous orchestra and as a member of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 to 1989, he undertook numerous worldwide concert tours read more

Sergey Starostin – clarinet, brass-wind instruments, vocals

Sergey Starostin is a musician, a tireless explorer, and a talented master. He is a brilliant Russian folk and jazz musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He’s been collecting and studying Russian folk songs for many years now. In this sense, he is not simply a performer, but also a serious explorer of the folklore who sees a number of phenomena from his own unique perspective.  This perspective is then shared through his musical endeavors read more

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Self-Portrait(1987) at Melodia Records:  Mikhail Alperin piano solo

Three O– Three Holes Modern Music Ensemble (1989) at Melodia c60 2846-1

Wave of Sorrow (1989) at  ECM 1396: Alperin/ Shilkloper

Mad Man from the Moon (1990)  at Soundings World Jazz: Alperin/ Keshavan Maslak

Live in Grenoble (1992) at RDM 305015: Alperin/Shilkloper

Blue Fiords (1993) at RDM: Alperin Piano solo

Pago Libre (1996) at Bellaphon CDLR 45105: Pago Libre Quartet with Arkady Shilkloper

North Story(1996) at ECM 1596: Misha Alperin Quintet (Tore Brumborg, Jon Christensen, Terje Gevelt & Arkady Shilkloper)

Fly Fly My Sadness (1996) at Jaro 4197-2: The Bulgarian Voices Angelite feat. Huun-Huur-Tu, Mikhail Alperin & Sergey Starostin

Hornology (1997) at CDBMR 809016: Arkady Shilkloper solo

First Impression (1997) at ECM 1664: Mikhail Alperin/ John Surman with  Arkady Shilkloper,  Terje Gevelt,  Jon Christensen & Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen

Mountain Tale (1998) at JARO 4212-2: The Bulgarian Voices Angelite & Moscow Art Trio feat. Huun-Huur-Tu

At Home (1998) at ECM 1768: Mikhail Alperin piano solo

Night (1998) at ECM 1769: Mikhail Alperin with Anja Lechner &  Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen

The Farlander (1999) at JARO 4222-2: Farlanders with with Sergey Starostin

Portrait (2000) at JARO 4227-2: Mikhail Alperin

Moments. Live in Bremen (2000) at JARO 4230-2:  Farlanders with Sergey Starostin

Journey (2000) at  JARO 4226-2: Sergey Starostin’s Vocal Family (arr. Mikhail Alperin)

Pilatus (2000) at CDBMR 906063: Arkady Shilkloper solo

Outline (2000) at Boheme Music CDBMR: Arkady Shilkloper, Vladimir Volkov, Andrey Kondakov

Winter in Moscow (2001) at Jaro 4235-2:  Mari Boine, Sergey Starostin, Inna  Zhelannaya, and The Farlanders

Mauve (2001) at Quinton 0106-2: Shilkloper, Alegre Correa, Georg Breinschmid

Cinemagique (2001) at The Montreux Label 01112: Pago Libre with Shilkloper

Phoenix (2003) at Leo Records CD LR 377: Pago Libre with Arkady Shilkloper

Presente para Moscou (2005) at Jaro 4264-2:  Arkady Shilkloper solo

Stepping Out (2005)at Leo Records CD LR 444: Libre with Shilkloper

VSP Orkestra and Arkady Shilkloper (2005) at ORK 002

Zum Gipfel und zuruck. Neue Alphornmusik (2006) at MGB CD 6246:  Arkady Shilkloper solo

Her First Dance (2006) at 1995 : Mikhail Alperin, Arkady Shilkloper  & Anja Lechner

Niels Klein Tentett – The Last Soup (2007) at JHM 163: Niels Klein, Oliver Leicht, Steffen Schorn, Stephan Meinberg, Arkady Shilkloper, Matthias Muche, Frank Wingold, Wolf Kerschek, Dietmar Fuhr & Eric Schaefer.

Vince Mendoza – Blauklang (2008) at ACT 9465-2: Nguyên Lê, Markus Stockhausen, Claudio Puntin, Steffen Schorn, Frank Sackenheim, Arkady Shilkloper, Jon Sass, Lars Danielsson, Ulla van Daelen, Peter Erskine & Christopher Dell

The Grieg Code – Geir Lysne Ensemble (2009)  at LC 07644: Geir Lysne, Morten Halle, Tore Brunborg, Steffen Schorn, Eckhard Baur, Jesper Riis, Arkady Shilkloper, Helge Sunde, Lars A. Haug, Jørn Øien, Bjørn Kjellemyr, Andreas Bye & Terje Isungset

Fake Folk (2009) at Zappelmusic ZM001: Pago Libre with Arkady Shilkloper  feat. Patrice Heral

Live in DOM (2010): A.Shilkloper, Igor Ivanushkin, Artem Fedotov, Arkady Freeman

Mussorgsky Dis-Covered (2010): Elisabeth Kulman, Tscho Theissing, Arkady Shilkloper, Miki Skuta, Georg Breinschmid

Zhyli-Byli (2011) at Jaro -2: Sergey Starostin, Klevensky, Taisia Krasnopevtseva &  Krasnopevtseva