Biographies

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

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

Hemsi, Alberto (1898-1975)

Watch a video below Born on June 27th 1898 in Cassaba, a Turk village East of Izmir, from Italian parents, Alberto Hemsi studies at the school of the Universal Israelite Alliance. In 1913, he (…) 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

Jonas, Émile (1827-1905)

Emile Jonas was born to a Jewish family in Paris on March 5, 1827. His father was Simon Jonas and his mother was Jeanette Pohl. In 1841, Emile Jonas, at 14 years old, began attending the Paris (…)
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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

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

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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 (…)