Biographies

Read the biographies and discover the works of the people involved with Jewish music.

Adler, Israel (1925-2009)

Researcher; founder and former head of the Jewish Music Research Centre 1925-2009
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Algazi, Léon (1890-1971)

Léon Algazi is born in Epuresti (Romania) in 1890. He learns music in Vienna and in Paris. From his studies with the musicologist Abraham Zvi Idelsohn, he becomes deeply interested in the Jewih (…) Read more

Alkan, Charles-Valentin (1813-1888)

Charles-Valentin Alkan ( November 3Oth 1813 – March 29th 1888), is a composer and precocious musician like Mozart, with a solid technique just like Liszt, and friend of Chopin (who “gave” him his (…)
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Alman, Samuel (1877-1947)

Samuel Alman is born in Sobolevka (Russia), in 1877. Sixth child of a family of 14 children, his father is a talmudist and musician, and his mother is an amateur poet. At the age of 5 he sings in (…) Read more

Arom, Simha (1930)

Simha Arom is a musician and a world-known ethnomusicologist, specialized in traditional music, especially from Central Africa. He also collected music from Ethiopian Jews when they arrived in (…)
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Barraine, Elsa (1910-1999)

Daughter of a solo cellist at the Paris opera, who was removed from his position during the nazi occupation, like all the Jewish musicians of the orchestra, Elsa Barraine received the first Grand (…)
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Barry Sisters

Myrna and Clara were born in the Bronx, New York, to Ashkenazi Jewish parents, Herman and Ester, from Russia and Austria, respectively, and two younger sisters, Celia and Julia. When Minnie and (…) Read more

Bécache, Jean (1911-1985)

The Bécache dynasty : from rabbi to musician Jean Bécache’s grand-father, Shalom Bécache, is born in Bombay in 1848. He was native from Bagdad and spoke Arabic from Iraq. During a pilgrimage to (…) Read more

Berlinski, Shalom (1918-2008)

Born on January 16th 1918 in Radom, a Polish village about 100 kilometers from Warsaw, Shalom Berlinski is the youngest son in a family of eight children. His father is a shoemaker, he likes to (…)
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Binn, Sylvain (1911-1999)

Sylvain Binn is born in Luxembourg on March 8th 1911. His father, Salomon Binn, native of Lithuania, was a cantor in the Jewish community of Luxembourg. His mother, Sidonie Guggenheim, was native (…)
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Gerro, Henri (vers 1919-1980)

Henri Gerro (Roizman) was born on August 31, 1919 in Rovno (Volhynia Province), nowadays in Ukraine. He began performing on the Polish stage at (…)

Inger, Richard (about 1915-1980)

Richard Inger was born on January 2, 1915 in Germany. He studied singing in Vienna. In 1942, he was deported to a concentration camp and owed (…)