Singer

Gershon Sirota

Cantor

Gershon Sirota was born in 1874 in Podolia, where his father officiated as the village cantor. As a boy, Sirota frequently assisted his father in leading services at the local synagogue. At the age of 13, Sirota went to visit his grandparents in Odessa and was hired to lead services at the local Bet Hamedrash (small house of prayer), where his grandfather was a member. The board of trustees, and other music professionals in attendance, were taken aback by the young boy’s talent.

1874-1943

Myer Leoni

English cantor

Myer Leoni began his musical career as an opera singer in England. In 1767 he took a position as cantor of the Great Synagogue in London, but continued performing in Operas, providing they didn’t conflict with his Synagogue duties.

Leoni, along with collegue Giordani, established an English Opera company in Dublin in 1783, which due to financial difficulties only ran for a short time.

d. 1796

Theodor Bikel

Austrian-born American singer & actor

Born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to Palestine with his parents at age 13. Studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in London (1946-1948), and immigrated to the United States in the 1950's. As a singer and as an actor, Bikel performed in many Broadway Theater productions, as well as in television shows and in movies. As a folk singer he sang songs that spanned over 20 languages, and he accompanied himself on a wide variety of instruments. Bikel recorded many albums, and performed all over the world.  

1924-2015

Aron Marko Rothmüller

Singer, composer and author

Born in Trnjani (today Ukraine). Studied in Zagreb and Vienna (1928-1932), was an opera singer, and performed across Europe. Immigrated to the U.S. in 1955, where he taught voice at Indiana University. Rothmüller composed chamber and choral music, and Sephardic and Ashkenazi songs. According to Eliot Kahn, Rothmüller identified 20 of his compositions as Jewish music. As an author he published The Music of the Jews.

1908-1993

Mathew Miller (Matisyahu)

Singer, songwriter

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. Released his first album in 2004, and has been performing and recording ever since for fans all around the world. His artistic style combines reggae, rock, and rap, and is inspired by Hassidic music (primarily by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach). His lyrics contain many references to elements and issues within Judaism. Matisyahu is known for his unusual combination of Orthodox Jewish belief and popular music.

 

1979-

Martha Schlamme

Folksinger and actress
Born in Vienna, she escaped to England in 1938 and immigrated to the US in 1948. She became a popular singer, giving over a thousand concerts. An expert in folksong, Schlamme sang in 12 languages, including Jewish folksongs in Hebrew and Yiddish.

Source: Encyclopedia Judaica.

1922-1985

Moshe Rudinow

Cantor

Moshe Rudinow was born in Liubech, Ukraine. He was orphaned at the age of eight, and was placed in the custody of Gedaliah Weinhause, a local cantor. Already at a young age he appeared as a cantor in the local synagogues. In 1904 he was brought to Kiev, where he lived with his uncle and joined the Brodski Synagogue choir.

1891-1953

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