Mihail Siper

Mihail Siper

Song's author
Country: Israel

Biography of Mikhail Siper

Mikhail Siper is a songwriter and poet who has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. He was awarded the "Poet and Crowd" prize at the International Poets Tournament "Pushkin in Britain" in London in 2005, and also placed second in the prose competition in 2007, earning the title of "Vice-King of Prose." In 2007, he was elected Vice President of APIA (International Association of Writers and Journalists).

Siper graduated from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) in 1976 and worked as a technologist at Uralvagonzavod in Nizhny Tagil. He was the organizer and first president of the KSP "Green Lamp." He has been writing poetry since 1975 and has had around a hundred songs written by Vasily Meshavkin, his fellow countryman, since 1977. Siper and Meshavkin are laureates of festivals and competitions of original songs in cities such as Nizhny Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Perm, Kostroma, Berezniki, Kazan, Kuibyshev, the All-Union competition "Comrade Guitar" by the magazine "Sobesednik," and the All-Union festival of original songs in Saratov, among others.

Siper's songs have been published in books such as "Fill Hearts with Music" (Moscow, 1989), "People Walk in the Light" (Moscow, 1989), "Grushinsky" (Kuibyshev, 1990), "Laughter Through Strings" (Moscow, 1995), "Anthology of Original Songs" (U-Faktoria, 2002), "Anthology of Bard Songs" ("Eksmo," Moscow, 2005), various festival collections and booklets, and have been used in plays such as "Pythagoras" and "Happy Birthday, Wanda June!" at the Nizhny Tagil Drama Theater. They have also been published in periodicals. Since 1991, Mikhail Siper has been living in Kibbutz Kfar Masarik, Israel.

In Israel, several songs have been written based on Siper's poetry by bards Leonid Vaksman and Yuri Kiselev, as well as professional composers Leonid Smilyansky and Igor Chermoshnyuk. Siper is a laureate of the 1st Israeli Songwriting Contest in Jerusalem. His humorous poems have been published in the weekly magazines "Beseder" and "Abzatz."

In December 1995, Mikhail Siper was admitted to the Union of Russian-speaking Writers of Israel. In 1996, a collection of his poems titled "Un Crossed Out" was published in Jerusalem.

From 2002 to 2005, five CDs and three audio cassettes with songs by Vasily Meshavkin based on Siper's poems were released in the Urals and Moscow. In 2004, the CD "Hello, Bearded One!" with songs by Leonid Vaksman based on Siper's poetry was released in Israel. The CD also includes Siper's own performances of his poems. In 2005, the CD was reissued by the "Vostochny Veter" company in Moscow.

In 2004, Siper participated in the recording of the CD "Cranberry Juice of Moldavanka" by the song theater "Merhavim," where he read the texts by I. Babel.

In June 2004, he became a finalist of the International Poets Tournament "Pushkin in Britain" and took part in the final competition in London (see http://www.pushkininbritain.com).

In 2005, the publishing house "Kniga-Sefer" released a collection of Siper's poems and prose titled "String Cut by a Finger."

He is one of the founders and leaders of the internet forum "Ristalische."

Siper's poems have been translated into Hebrew and English and published in Israel, Norway, Australia, and the United States.

He is the recipient of the Grand Prix of the International Parodists Contest in memory of A. A. Ivanov in 2005.

In 2007, he was awarded the "Poet and Crowd" prize at the International Poets Tournament "Pushkin in Britain," and also placed second in the prose competition, earning the title of "Vice-King of Prose."

In 2007, Siper was elected Vice President of APIA (International Association of Writers and Journalists).

He has also participated in the Second International Conference "Russian and Contemporary Foreign Literature" at Bar-Ilan University.

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