Biographies

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

Hahn, Reynaldo (1874-1947)

Born in Caracas of a Catholic Venezuelan mother and a Jewish German father, Reynaldo Hahn is the yougest child in a family of nine children, who settled in Paris in 1878. At the age of 11, (…)
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Halali, Salim (1920-2005)

Salim Halali, whose real name is Simon Halali, is a singer-songwriter of oriental music, born July 30, 1920 in Annaba, Algeria. Born into a Jewish family from Souk Ahras, he grew up with his 9 (…)
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Halphen, Alice (1878-1963)

Born in 1878, Alice Halphen, born Koenigswarter, died in 1963. Officer of the French Legion of Honour, she was member for many years of the Commitee of the Israelite Universal Alliance. Marked in (…) Read more

Halphen, Fernand (1872-1917)

Born in 1872, Fernand Halphen is dead fighting for France in 1917. He was captain of the 13th territorial regiment of infantry and music chief. He entered the National Music School of Paris at (…) Read more

Haza, Ofra (1957-2000)

Ofra Haza עפרה חזה, (Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza), born on November 19th 1957 in Tel-Aviv and deceased on February 23rd 2000 in Ramat Gan, was an Israeli actress and singer native of (…) Read more

Heymann, Michel (1952)

Born on April 25th 1952 in Strasbourg, he is the last pupil, before it closes definitely, of the Hazan’s School in Paris, but he is also, and most of all, the pupil of Monsieur Bertrand Joseph, (…) Read more

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 his survival to his vocal talent. After the (…) Read more

Kandel, Harry (1885-1943)

Harry Kandel was one of the pioneers of klezmer, the traditional dance music of the European Jews, in the United States. Together with his orchestra, which featured two cornets, four violins, (…)
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Kaufmann, Serge (1930)

Composer, journalist, producer for radio and television and filmmaker, Serge Kaufman composed numerous scores for radio, television, as well as cinema and the stage. His works stand out for their (…) Read more

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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 (…)