Igor Raykhelson

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Igor Raykhelson (Russian: Игорь Райхельсон; born 24 April 1961 in Leningrad) is a Russian born American classical and jazz pianist and composer. He studied classical and jazz piano as a teenager at Leningrad Conservatory from 1976 then in 1979 his family moved to New York City where Igor continued his education at New York University under Alexander Edelman.[1][2] His Jazz Suite and works for viola performed by Yuri Bashmet were well received by Gramophone Magazine in 2007.[3]

Works, editions and recordings[edit]

  • Igor Raykhelson: Jazz Suite and other works. Little Symphony for Strings in G minor. Reflections for Violin, Viola and Strings. Adagio for Viola and Strings. Jazz Suite for Viola, Saxophone and Orchestra. Elena Revich, violin, Igor Butman, saxophone. Igor Raykhelson, piano. Yuri Golubev, double-bass. Eduard Zizak, drums. Moscow-Soloists, ensemble. Yuri Bashmet, viola, conductor.
  • Igor Raykhelson: Violin Concerto in C minor. Viola Concerto in A minor. Yuri Bashmet, viola, Nikolay Sachenko, violin. Novaya Rossiya Orchestra, orchestra Claudio Vandelli, conductor Alexander Sladkovsky, conductor


  1. ^ Toccata Classics Igor Raykhelson composer bio
  2. ^ Composer's homepage biography (English and Russian)
  3. ^ Gramophone - Volume 85, 2007 Page 34 "Igor Raykhelson possesses a superb mastery of both classical and jazz idioms. This contributes greatly to his unique individuality, and elevates his music over that of many other composers creating in trite genre often referred to as 'Crossover "