Biographies

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

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

Meyerbeer, Giacomo (1791-1864)

Giacomo Meyerbeer, born Jakob Liebmann Meyer Beer to a wealthy Jewish family, near Berlin in Tasdorf on September 5, 1791. His father, Juda Herz Beer (1769-1825) was very involved in the movement (…)
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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, Isaac (1779-1850)

Isaac Eberst, this was his original name, was born in the city of Offenbach on the 26th October 1779. His father was the Schutzjude (protected Jew) Juda Eberst or Eberstadt. His mother’s name was (…)
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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 (…)