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 to create several vocal and instrumental bands, such as the Ensemble Simplemente Tango and the Ensemble Vocal Hebraïca.

Native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hector Sabo is very young mingled in the European Musical synagogal tradition. His grand-father David Sabo, cantor in a synagogue in Czechoslovakia, then in Moises-ville in Argentina and finally in Jaffa in Israel, passed on to him that millenary culture. After a stay of three years in Israel, he follows a complete course of classical musician in Buenos Aires - piano, organ, harpsichord - then at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata - composition and orchestral direction - and working at the same time as a choir master and organist in several synagogues of Buenos Aires, as well as orchestral musician and opera vocal coach.

In 1987, he comes to France to complete his musical education. After a First Prize in orchestra conducting at the Conservatoire of Rueil-Malmaison, he takes part to several trainings of choir and orchestra conducting in Paris, Saumur, Aix-en-Provence, Poitiers, then in Vienna in Austria and in Sienne in Italy. He conducts in many concerts in France, Europe, Argentina. In 1991, he is appointed Artistic and technical coordinator at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg ; from 1988 to 2007, he is in charge of the musical direction of the choirs of the Great Synagogue of Strasbourg.

In other musical fields, he plays the piano, is a musical arranger and musical director of the Simplemente Tango ensemble during 12 years. He leads several opera productions with orchestra for the association Opéra Piano. Finally, he conducts and plays the organ, harpsichord and piano in various vocal and instrumental ensembles. He also participates to many recordings of CD’s with various partners. After having created and conducted several vocal and instrumental ensembles in Paris between 1988 and 1991, he settles down in Strasbourg and creates in 1996 the choral ensemble Les Polyphonies Hébraïques de Strasbourg, as part of the University of Human Science in Strasbourg, where he obtains a M.A.S of music and musicology.

In 2006 he created the Ensemble Vocal Hebraïca. In 2007, he is appointed Musical and artistic director of the Jewish Choir of France, under the aegis of the Consistoire Israélite of Paris/Ile-de-France. The same year, he is appointed teachefr in Musical training at the Conservatoire of Strasbourg. The musical activity of Hector Sabo is completed by the publication of articles and by conferences on Jewish music, which has become, through the years, his specialty. He is asked in 2016 by the University of Strasbourg to write an article on Jewish music in the « Dictionary of Strasbourg, laboratory of Europe, 1880/1930 », published in October 2017. That same year, he is asked by Radio Judaïca of Strasbourg to host a serie of 40 radio programs on Hebrew music. Then, his first book on the history of Jewish music shows a whole life of research and discoveries on Hebrew music. His activity brings him to travel in France, America and Europe: Buenos Aires, New York, Gerona, Rome, Sienna, Brussels, Arlon, Gand, Lausanne, Bale, Zurich, Worms, Mayence, Sarrebruck, Berlin, Vienna, London, Saint-Petersbourg... Finally, each year he presents new shows around the subjects of his specialty : the relations between Hebrew music and Werstern music in Europe and in America.

Look at the website : Les Polyphonies Hébraïques de Strasbourg

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