Biographies

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

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

Kirch, Albert (1918-2016)

Deceased on April 18th 2016 at the age of 98 years old, Albert Kirch was for more than 30 years the cantor of the Jewish community of Metz. This article is a tribute to (…)
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LEON, Gilbert (1934)

Son of Emile Léon and Valentine Leon, born Lévy, Gilbert Léon, born February 28, 1934 in Bordeaux, is the eldest of a sibling of 3 children: Gilbert, Michel and Denise. His father Emile, sculptor, (…) Read more

Lewandowski, Louis Lazarus (1821-1894)

Louis Lazarus Lewandowski was born in Wreschen (Poznan province) on April 3, 1821. He comes from a poor Jewish family and his mother passes away when he is still very young. At the age of twelve, (…)
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Lidarti, Cristiano Giuseppe (1730 - after 1793)

Composer born in Vienna but having spent a large part of his life in Italy, Lidarti is the author of several Hebrew works, including the famous oratorio Ester, the longest and richest composition (…) Read more

Lovy, Israël (1773-1832)

Born into a lineage of cantors from Poland and Pomerania, Israël Lovy is born August 31st 1773 in Schottland, near Dantzig. Eldest of a brotherhood of six children, he receives a religious and (…)
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Macias, Enrico (1938)

Enrico Macias is a French singer, musician and composer born in Constantine in Algeria, the 11th of December 1938. His real name is Gaston Ghrenassia, and he is the son of Sylvain and Suzanne (…) Read more

Monty, Line (1926-2003)

Line Monty whose real name is Éliane Serfati (also known by her stage name Leïla Fateh) is born in 1926 in Algiers in a family of music lovers. Read more

Nardi, Nahum (1901-1977)

Nahum Nardi was born Nahum Narodietzky in 1901 to a religious-Zionist family in Kiev, Ukraine. He was named after his uncle Dudu "Noyhem," who was the court rabbi of the (…)
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Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

Emblematic composer of the second half of the 19th century, Jacques Offenbach is the son of Isaac Eberst, musician and cantor in the synagogue of Cologne. 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 (…)