Alexander Aronovich Knaifel (born 1943) is one of the outstanding modern composers, has been a member of the Composers' Union since 1968 and the Film-makers' Union since 1987. He was born on November 28th, 1943 in Tashkent, into a family of musicians. Composer's father, Aron Knaifel, was a wonderful soloist and ensemblist. Even today, quartet music is identified by Alexander Knaifel with his dearest music — that of his childhood. Knaifel finished the Secondary Musical School of Leningrad Conservatory in 1961, where he had been a student of E. Fishman's class of cello. The next two years (1961–1963), Knaifel was Mstislav Rostropovich's student at Moscow Conservatory.
Alexander Knaifel is the author of more than 80 compositions in every field of music. Almost all of them are of non-traditionally-established genres. World premieres of his compositions took place at numerous important music festivals in Paris, London, Amsterdam, New-York, Zurich, Salzburg, Berlin, Cologne, Mahstricht, Ferrara. The first monographic festival of his music took place in Frankfort on the Main in 1992. In 1993-1994 he worked in Berlin as the first Russian musician awarded the DAAD prize (German Academic Exchange Department).
Music composed by Alexander Knaifel was broadcasted by Radio of Russia, BBC (UK), Voice of America and National Public Radio (USA), Radio France (France), Deutschlandfunk and WDR (Germany), KRO (the Netherlands). Mr. Knaifel released his compositions at Megadisc Classics, Teldec Classics International, ECM New Series.
The publishing house “Compozitor • Saint-Petersburg” has started publishing Alexander Knaifel’s Complete Works. Preparing the new edition, Alexander .Knaifel revised all his compositions. Please pay attention to the fact that most of the titles have been revised too.
LAMENTO of cellist (5024)
O COMFORTER. For Choir of cellos (2447)
MARCHING AND DANCING TWO-VOICE TEXTURES. For piano (5006)
SKETCHES IN PETROGRAD. For piano (5028)
A LITTLE WHITE ONE ND A LITTLE BLACK ONE. For piano (5029)
TWO TIMES TWO. For piano (5038)
NOTTURNO. For piano (5056)
A FAWN. For piano (5068)
A FAWN AGAIN. For piano (5069)
JOKER. For piano (5070)
BIRTH. For Piano, Christmas-tree glass ball, little wind bells (5092)