Biographies

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

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

Potock, Bernard

We know very little about Bernard Potock. Beginning in 1938, he played the trumpet in Stanislaw Laudan’s jazz orchestra “Banda” in Krakow, Poland. He spent the Second World War in the USSR, where he (…) Read more

Rosenblatt, Yossele (1882-1933)

Josef Rosenblatt is born on May 9th 1882 in Bila Tserkva, in Ukraine. He comes from a great dynasty of cantors. Considered as a child prodigy, he starts his career as a member of the synagogue’s (…)
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Rossi, Salomone (near 1570-near 1630)

Salomone Rossi, or Shlomo Mi-ha-Adumim in Hebrew, comes from an old Jewish family in Mantua, where he was born around 1570. Profiting from the tolerance granted to the Jews by the Dukes of (…) Read more

Sabo, Hector

Hector Sabo is a musician and music writer (piano, organ, harpsichord) as well as a choir master, now in charge of conducting the choral of the Great Synagogue of Strasbourg. He also contributed (…)
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Samoun, Marlène

Born in Tlemcen in Algeria, Marlène Samoun is a French singer specialized in traditional music from the Mediterranean, especially Judeo-Spanish music. Her repertoire also comprise songs in Arab, (…)
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Schönberg, Arnold (1874-1951)

Arnold Schönberg - or Schoenberg – was a Jewish Austrian composer, music theorist, and painter. Born on September 13th 1874 in Vienna, he died on July 13th 1951 in Los (…) Read more

Sebban, Zabulon (1911-1983)

Biography written in French by his son Alain Sebban (translated by EIJM) Born on the 11th of December in Géryville, near Oran (Algeria), Zabulon Sebban lived a full life. With his wife, Odette (…) Read more

Staïffi, Alberto

"Chérie je t’aime, Chérie je t’adore", simple and effective formula that made, that makes and will make the crowd dance until exhaustion. When in 1960, Alberto STAIFFI covers this song of Maghreb (…) 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 (…)