One of the most prolific avant-garde composers of contemporary Russia, Knaifel was born in 1943 in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) to a family of musicians. In 1961 he graduated from a special music school at the Leningrad Conservatory where he studied cello. He continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Mstislav Rostropovich and composition at the Leningrad Conservatory under Boris Arapov. Kneiffel’s compositions have premiered at top music festivals in Europe and the U.S and he has scored over 40 feature and documentary films.

(as composer)
2005 Italianets (The Italian)
2003 Zhenskaya Logika (Women’s Logic)
TV miniseries
1998 Igra v Brasletakh (The Bracelet Game)
1991 Bolshoi Kontsert Narodov (People’s Gala Concert)
1989 Lichnoe Delo Anny Akhmatovoi (The Personal File of Anna Akhmatova)
1989 Eto Bylo u Morya (It Happened Near the Sea)
1988 Che-Pe Rayonnogo Mashtaba (Emergency on a Regional Scale)
1987 Petrogradskie Gavroshy (Petrograd Gavroches)
1983 Torpedonostsy (Torpedo Bombers)
1980v a ­ Aktrisa (I am an Actress)
1980 Rafferty (Rafferty)
1978 Sled Rosomakhi (Wolverine’s Trail)