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
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
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
1984 to 1986: first serious experience in jazz, a french
horn - acoustic bass duo (with bassist Mikhail Karetnikov)