Alexander Deriev was born in Kazahstan. Having graduated from school there, he studied philology, art history, and applied art in different universities of former USSR. In 1990, Alexander Deriev converted to Catholicism. In 1991, he and his family left the USSR for the Holy Land. In the end of 1996, the State of Israel deprived Alexander Deriev of Israeli citizenship for his Christian beliefs. Living in East Jerusalem, he worked as a volunteer at Saint Peter in Gallicantu Church and at Pontifical Biblical institute. He organized the Russian Catholic Society of St. Jude Thaddaeus and published the Russian-English newsletter Joy of Resurrection as well as several books in Russian and English. In 1994, he made the first recording of Church music with his Society for the Helicon Records Company: Russian Sacred Masterpieces. So far, he has compiled and produced over fifty CDs, which emphasize rich musical traditions of various Christian denominations. Finally, Alexander Deriev is a renowned icon painter. The icons painted by him can be found in many churches in the Holy Land and America as well as in private collections.