Music historian, music critic, subject matter specialist, pianist and educator, Mikhail Segelman graduated from the Music History and Theory Department of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (undergraduate and graduate studies) and from the Maimonides State Classical Academy (assistantship and internship in the accompaniment art).
Mikhail is a member of the Russian Union of Journalists, an official expert of the Russian Ministry of Culture for Russian presidential grants and governmental awards in culture (2011–2012) and of the Moscow Department of Culture (the Open Stage project,
2019 and 2020),a winner of the All-Russia Award for journalistic works on the Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (2008). In 2007, he received a commendation from the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee of the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition for his work as the technical director of the singers’ competition.
In 2010, he was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (“For Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Jewish Cultural and Communal Life and Efforts to Strengthen International Understanding and Friendship”).
He has written scientific articles and numerous publications for print and electronic media, CD liner notes, and forewords to the catalogues of Myaskovsky’s and Shebalin’s works issued by the Chant du Monde publishing house (Paris, France). In 2010, he compiled and edited the “Wings of Music”, a collection of articles about the Zhukovsky Symphony Orchestra (2010). He was the literary editor and author of the preface to Nina Kogan’s book Colours of Life (2019). He has written a number of articles for the publication Russian Abroad. Great Compatriots (vols 1 and 2). In 2008–2013, he hosted the live programme “Saturday Night with Mikhail Segelman” at the Radio Orpheus station which arranged interviews with prominent contemporary musicians and music professionals.
Mikhail has been a narrator at numerous indoor and open-air musical events and festivals in Russia and abroad. He has created and managed large arts projects.
He has produced a great number of literary and musical programmes in which he acts as a music commentator and pianist; among them are programmes dedicated to Mikhail Lermontov, Alexey K. Tolstoy, Pauline Viardot-Garcia, Little Russian Shakespeariana (Shakespeare in Russian music),and others. As a pianist he works with academic and folk singers and prominent cantors. He was the first in Moscow and Russia to perform a number of pieces by contemporary composers, including Alexander Zhurbin’s Three Madrigals to Verses by William Shakespeare (jointly with Honoured Artist of Bashkortostan Elena Terentieva),excerpts of Vsevolod Zaderatsky’s vocal cycle A Poem about the Russian Soldier to verses by Alexander Tvardovsky (jointly with Andjey Beletsky),compositions by Sergei Slonimsky, David Krivitsky and some others.
In 2020, Mikhail hosted a series of online concerts in the Mirror Foyer of the Novaya Opera and presented the Opera Breaktimes education project.
Between January 2013 and February 2015, Mikhail Segelman was Head of the International Relations Department of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow. Since 2013, he has been the theatre’s Literary Manager.