Biographies

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

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

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

Toscano, Paul

Gypsy violinist and conductor Paul Toscano is a gypsy violinist and conductor, known in France and Europe in the second half of the twentieth century. We know relatively little about the (…)
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Villers, Alphonse de (around 1845 ?-after 1896)

We know almost nothing about Alphonse de Villers’s life. His name comes up a few times in the archives of the Israeli Consistory of Paris. It seems that he was born around 1845. He is organist and (…)
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Waldteufel, Emile (1837-1915)

Born into a Jewish family of Strasbourg, Emile Waldteufel was the favorite composer of empress Eugénie. He wrote hundreds of waltzes, including the famous Valse des patineurs (The Skater’s Waltz) (…) Read more

Weill, Kurt (1900-1950)

Kurt Julian Weill is born in Dessau on March 2nd 1900. He is the third child of Emma Ackermann and Albert Weill, cantor in Dessau’s synagogue (from 1899 to 1919) and composer, mainly of religious (…) 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 (…)