Composer & pianist; active in the musical life of Theresienstadt (Terezín)
Karel Reiner, composer and pianist, born June 27, 1910 in Žatec (Western Bohemia). Reiner studied law and musicology at the Charles University in Prague, and composition at the Master School under Josef Suk and Alois Hába. Aside from his interest in composition, Reiner was a talented pianist, dedicated to propagating contemporary music throughout Europe. Reiner concertized regularly and was a sought after accompanist until the Nazi occupying forces in the Czech territories issued a ban on public performances by Jewish musicians.
Choral director & opera conductor in Theresienstadt (Terezín)
Rafael Schächter was born May 27, 1905, in Braila (Rumania). After World War I, Schächter moved to Brno, where he began his formal musical studies. He continued his studies at the Prague Conservatory of Music, where he received degrees in composition and conducting, and at the Master School, in piano. After graduating, Schächter formed a successful Chamber Music Opera, and was a sought after vocal coach.
Born in New York City, USA. Studied with leading cantors of his time (Zeidel Rovner, Josef Rosenblatt, et al.) and was a popular cantor who performed in concerts and on the radio. Founded a project which consisted of commissioning various famous composers to compose music for the synagogue. A collection of his compositions was published in 1979.
Jacob Samuel Maragowsky, also known as "Zeidel Rovner," was born in Radomyshl, Ukraine. He officiated as a cantor in several eastern European cities, including Rovno (hence his nickname, "Rovner'), always accompanied by a choir and sometimes using an orchestra as well. In 1914 he immigrated to the U.S. where he remained until his death. Maragowsky composed many works for cantor, chorus and orchestra which won him great fame. Some of his works are still performed today.