Viktor Ullmann. A brief biography and appreciation


Born in Jan. 1898 in Teschen, Czechoslovakia, Ullmann studied in Vienna; in 1918-19, he was a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg. From 1920-27 he served as conducting assistant to Alexander Zemlinsky in Prague, and also worked as free-lance composer and teacher. He continued as a composer and a music critic in Theresienstadt, where he had been deported in 1942. In Oct. 1944 Ullmann was sent to his death in Auschwitz.

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Isaac Schlossberg

Conductor and composer

Isaac Schlossberg is a composer and conductor. He was born in 1877 in St. Petersburg to a family of hereditary cantors. His grandfather, Nathan Schlossberg, and his father, Arie-Leib Schlossberg (also known as Leibke Aluxter) were cantors.


Betty Olivero

Israeli composer

Betty Olivero is a contemporary Israeli composer, who has lived during most of her career in Florence, Italy. She is a full professor of composition at the Music Department in Bar-Ilan University. 

Betty Olivero is a winner of the most prestigious Emet Prize for Art, Science and Culture (2015), an Israeli prize awarded annually for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far-reaching influence and make a significant contribution to society.


Max Wohlberg

Hungarian-born liturgical scholar, composer and cantor
Max Wohlberg was born in Humene (today in Ukraine). He immigrated to the U.S. in 1923, where he sang in the choir of the Metropolitan Opera and held several positions as cantor. From 1952 he was professor of liturgy at the Cantors' School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York (now the H. L. Miller Cantorial School). As a composer, Wholberg mainly wrote modern melodies to liturgical texts.