Mikhail Alperin

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Misha Alperin
Mikhail Alperin at Sentralen, Oslo Jazzfestival 2017.
Mikhail Alperin at Sentralen, Oslo Jazzfestival 2017.
Background information
Birth nameMichail Jefimowitsch Alperin
Also known asMisha Alperin
Born(1956-11-07)7 November 1956
Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died11 May 2018(2018-05-11) (aged 61)
Oslo, Norway
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Michail Jefimowitsch Alperin (Ukrainian: Миха́йло Юхи́мович Альпе́рін; 7 November 1956 – 11 May 2018), usually credited as Misha Alperin, was a Soviet-Norwegian jazz pianist, known as a key member of the Moscow Art Trio.[1][2]


Alperin was born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukrainian SSR to a Jewish family. He was educated in Khmelnytskyi, Bălți and Chișinău. In 1980, he formed one of the first jazz ensembles in Moldavian SSR.[3] He moved to Moscow in the 1980s and founded the Moscow Art Trio with Arkady Shilkloper and folk singer Sergey Nikolaevich Starostin.[2] He has also worked with Huun Huur Tu. From 1993 to 2018 he lived in Oslo, Norway; he was professor of music at the Norwegian Academy of Music and he supervised pianist Helge Lien and Morten Qvenild among others. He released several works on ECM Records.[1][4] He died on 11 May 2018 at the age of 61.


An asterisk (*) indicates that the year is that of release.

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1989 Wave of Sorrow ECM Duo, co-led with Arkady Shilkloper (French horn, jagdhorn, fluegelhorn, vocals)
1992 Folk Dreams Jaro Medien
1993 The Blue Fjords RDM Solo piano; reissued as Blue Fjord by Jaro Medien
1996* Hamburg Concert Jaro Medien Moscow Art Trio
1996* Prayer Jaro Medien Moscow Art Trio
1997 First Impression ECM With John Surman (soprano sax, baritone sax), Arkady Shilkloper (French horn, flugelhorn), Terje Gewelt (bass), Jon Christensen (drums), Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)
1998 North Story ECM Quintet, with Arkady Shilkloper (French horn, fluegelhorn), Tore Brunborg (tenor sax), Terje Gewelt (bass), Jon Christensen (drums)
1998 At Home ECM Solo piano
1998 Night ECM Trio, with Anja Lechner (cello), Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion, marimba, vocals); in concert
2000* Overture/Etude Boheme
2000* Piano Boheme In concert
2000* Portrait Jaro Medien
2006 Her First Dance ECM Trio, with Arkady Shilkloper (French horn, fluegelhorn), Anja Lechner (cello)

2008 — Moscow Art Trio & Norwegian Chamber Orchestra «Village Variations» (JARO 4290-2) Germany

2009 — Moscow Art Trio «Live in Holland» (CDDOMA 091102) Russia; (JARO 4302-2) Germany

2010 — The Bulgarian Voices Angelite with Huun-Huur-Tu & Moscow Art Trio «Legend» (JARO 4300-2) Germany

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mikhail Alperin (solo-piano) (Moldavia, Oslo/Norway) – Jaro.de". Archived from the original on 2012-05-27.
  2. ^ a b "Mikhail Alperin Biography". AllMusic. AllMusic.com
  3. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. p. 10. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.
  4. ^ "Mikhail Alperin Biography – Store Norske Leksikon". 12 January 2023.

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