Biographies

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

Cheikh Mwijo (1937-2020)

Cheikh Mwijo, whose proper name was Moshe Attias, was born in Meknes (Morocco) in 1937 and died in Kiryar Atta (Israel) on April 30, 2020. He was one of the greatest musicians of Jewish Moroccan (…) Read more

Cheikh Raymond (1912-1961)

A master of Arab-Andalusian music, Cheikh Raymond is a symbol of Judeo-Arab brotherhood which expressed itself through music between the years 1930 and 1950. His assassination by the National (…) Read more

Cohen, Judith (1949)

A singer and performer on medieval and traditional instruments, ethnomusicologist and university lecturer, Judith Cohen was born in Montreal (Canada). Since the 1970’s, she travelled frequently (…)
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Cooper, Adrienne (1946-2011)

Adrienne Khana Cooper (September 1, 1946 - December 25, 2011) was a singer - one of the great Yiddish performer’s of our time – and an activist. She played a major role in the renewal of klezmer (…) Read more

Cuniot, Denis (1953)

A pianist of jazz and improvised music, Denis Cuniot is one of the main initiators of the revival and recognition of klezmer music in France.
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Daniel, Itaï (1967)

Born in Israel, Itaï Daniel is a composer, pianist and conductor. He began his musical studies by learning piano with internationally renowned teachers such as Jonathan Zak, Boris Guslitzer and (…) Read more

David, Samuel (1836-1895)

Born in Paris on November 12th 1836, Samuel David was admitted at a very young age into the music conservatory, where at the age of 13 he won a first prize award in solfeggio (1850) and then in (…)
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Delmin, Dany (1925)

Dany Delmin is a composer, performer and songwriter in French, Hebrew and Yiddish Born David Polack, he was the youngest in a family of 7 children. When the war broke out, his life changed and he (…)
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Dzigan and Shumacher

Native of Łódź in Poland, Shimen (Szymon) Dzigan (1905-1980) and Yisroel Shumacher (Szumacher) (1908-1961), forming the famous Yiddish comedy duet, were known worldwide before and after the 2nd (…)
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Elenkrieg, Abe (1878-1965)

Besides his work as a hairdresser, Abe Elenkrieg or Elenkrig (1878-1965) was a trumpet player and conductor of the “Abe Elenkrig Yiddishe Orchestra” and of the “Hebrew Bulgarian Orchestra”. (…)
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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 (…)