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. 1976 to 1978: along with his studies at the Gnesins, takes courses in jazz improvisation at the Moscow Experimental Studio of Music Improvisation (now Moscow College of Improvised Music.) 1984 to 1986: first serious experience in jazz, a french horn - acoustic bass duo (with bassist Mikhail Karetnikov). 1985 to 1989: member of Three O, with Sergey Letov (saxes, flutes) and Arkady Kirichenko (tuba, vocal). Since 1988: duo with Mikhail «Misha» Alperin (piano). Their first ECM album «Wave Of Sorrow» (1989) was the first russian album on ECM. Later on, Shilkloper participated in three more Alperin recordings for ECM: «North Story» (1997), «First Impression» (1999, with John Surman), «Her First Dance» (2008, with Anja Lechner). In 1990, the Alperin-Shilkloper duo invites Sergey Starostin, a Moscow Conservatory-educated clarinetist and a dedicated researcher of Russian authentic folklore music, which results in the creation of Moscow Art Trio