Alexander Knapp graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge, with M.A., Mus.B., and Ph.D. degrees in music, and he has also been awarded ARCM, LRAM and Hon.ARAM diplomas. Over a period of more than 35 years he has published and lectured on the subject of Jewish music in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Israel, the United States, Russia, and China. As well as composing, arranging, conducting, broadcasting, and performing as a pianist in Britain, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia and the United States.
Alexander Knapp has been involved as consultant and accompanist to cantors and choirs on several commercial recordings of Jewish music. His set of Four Sephardi Songs (arranged for voice and piano) was published in New York in 1992, and his Elegy for String Orchestra in Jerusalem in 1997. In 1998 his anthology of essays on Jewish music was brought out in Chinese by the Music Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Arts in Beijing under the title Youtai Yinyue Lunwenji. Among numerous other articles, he has contributed entries on aspects of Jewish music to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition). He has been appointed to academic and administrative posts at Wolfson College, Cambridge, at London’s Goldsmiths’ College, the Royal College of Music, City University, and from 1999 to 2006 to the Joe Loss Lectureship in Jewish Music at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.