Horn, flugelhorn, corno da caccia, alphorn, corno pastoriccio, didgeridoo, Wagner tuba etc.
Born in Moscow, Russia on October 17, 1956. At the age of six started to play alto horn in a brass orchestra at the Kuntsevo District Young Pioneers House in Moscow. 1967 to 1974: the Moscow Military Music School. 1974 to 1976: the orchestra at the Lenin Military Political Academy, Soviet Armed Forces. 1976 to 1981: studied French horn at the Gnesins State Music Education Institute (now Gnesins Russian Academy of Music.) 1978 to 1985: member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. 1985 to 1989: member of the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra
Arkady Shilkloper is simply the most creative hornist on
the planet, and is without doubt one of the greatest horn
players who has ever lived. Nobody can do what he does. He
is commonly termed a jazz player, but what he does goes
far beyond that, transcending genre and national styles. He
also performs with ear-boggling virtuosity on at least three
instruments: horn, alphorn, and fluegelhorn, and no one who
has ever had the cosmic good luck of hearing him in
performance has ever forgotten his indelible and supreme
Let me close with a quote (from the horn journal) from the
first time I heard Arkady: Shilkloper and his bass player
swing like nobody's business
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