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Arkady Shilkloper

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

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”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 artistry. 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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