MICHAEL ALPERT has been a pioneering figure in the renaissance of East European Jewish klezmer music for over 30 years. He is internationally known for his award-winning performances and recordings with Brave Old World, Kapelye, Khevrisa, David Krakauer, Itzhak Perlman, Theodore Bikel, German Goldenshteyn and salsa legend Larry Harlow. Raised in a Yiddish-speaking family, he is noted for his original Yiddish songs. Adept in 20 languages and ethnic vocal styles from Russian to Mexican, his appearances include concert venues throughout North America, Europe, Israel, and Australia.
Alpert was the Emmy Award / Rose D’Or winning Musical Director of the PBS Great Performances special Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House, Executive Producer of the two Perlman klezmer CDs on Angel/EMI, and directed the subsequent international concert tours. He performed with Brave Old World in the above productions and appeared with Mr. Perlman on CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman.
He currently serves as Director of Jewish Heritage and Arts Programming for the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, and is Senior Research Fellow at NYC’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance. He was co-founder/director of Buffalo on the Roof, a cultural arts institute exploring connections between Jewish and non-Jewish folk traditions of East Europe, and directs and performs in Night Songs from a Neighboring Village, a touring concert collaboration bringing together accomplished artists from Jewish and Ukrainian communities in North America.