Biographies

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

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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Naumbourg, Samuel (1817-1880)

Born on March 15th, 1817 in Dennenlohe, in Bavaria, Samuel Naumbourg comes from a long lineage of famous cantors. Going to the synagogue very young, he learns cantorial art from South Germany. (…)
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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

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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 (…)