Jazz festivals worldwide saw Alex Sipiagin performing with the likes of Dave Holland, Michael Brecker, the Mingus Big Band / Mingus Legacy, etc.
Born on June 11, 1967 in Yaroslavl, Russia, Alex began studying the trumpet at age 12, studying at the Moscow Music Institute and the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, where he received his B.A. In 1990, Alex participated in the International Louis Armstrong Competition sponsored by the Thelonius Monk Institute in Washington, D.C., winning top honors. Soon after, he relocated to the jazz mecca of the world, New York City.
Alex soon became a player of choice for various bands, including the Gil Evans Orchestra, Gil Goldstein’s Zebra Coast Orchestra, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, drummer Bob Moses’ band Mozamba, Mingus Big Band (as well as the Mingus Dynasty and Mingus Orchestra,) and the Dave Holland Big Band, Sextet and Octet groups. In 2003, he recorded with Michael Brecker’s Quindectet, touring also with the Michael Brecker Sextet. Alex has also worked with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Elvis Costello, Michael Franks, Dave Sanborn, Deborah Cox, legendary producer Phil Ramone, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, etc., and many of the recordings he has been involved in were nominated and/or won the Grammies (Dave Holland Big Band’s “What Goes Around” and “Overtime,” Michael Brecker’s Qindectet “Wide Angles”). As a soloist, Sipiagin has 14 recordings out to his credit, and toured extensively throughout Europe, U.S., Japan, and Russia with his own group. He also teaches at the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Netherlands, and at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland, adding to his steady professorship at NYU. His recent album, «New Path 2,» featuring singer Hiske Osterwijk and bassist Boris Kozlov, was released by Butman Music Records.
In 2015 a superstar band, featuring extraordinary trombonist Conrad Herwig, Alex Sipiagin and Igor Butman, recorded «Reflections» for Criss Cross and presented the band at Newport Jazz Festival, Triumph of Jazz Festival, and Aquajazz / Sochi Jazz Festival.
In March, 2017, Alex Sipiagin debuted as the artistic director at the Jazz Over Volga River festival in his native city of Yaroslavl, Russia, joining the longest-standing Russian biannual jazz festival for its 17th edition.