Biographies

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

Emile Waldteufel (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

Jacques Offenbach (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

Cheikh Raymond (1912-1961)

Master of Arab-Andalusian music, Cheikh Raymond is a symbol of Judeo-Arab brotherhood which expressed itself through music between the years 1930 and 1950. His assassination by the National (…) Read more

Marlène Samoun

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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Arnold Schönberg (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

Hélène Engel

Helene Engel is a classically trained singer, musicologist, composer, lyricist and arranger. A native of Paris, France, she is a specialist in Jewish folklore singing in Yiddish, Hebrew, and (…)
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Albert Cahen d’Anvers (1846 - 1903)

Albert Cahen is a French composer, born in Anvers on January 8th 1846 and deceased in La Turbie on February 27th 1903. Raised in a family of bankers, the Cahen d’Anvers, he was the student of (…)
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Sylvain Binn (1911 - 1999)

Sylvain Binn is born in Luxembourg on March 8th 1911. His father, Salomon Binn, native of Lithuania, was a cantor in the Jewish community of Luxembourg. His mother, Sidonie Guggenheim, was native (…)
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FRANKEL Lt Joseph (1885 – 1953)

Joseph Frankel was born in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine). Kiev conservatory trained bandmaster and a band leader in the Tzarist army, he toured the US in 1904 leading the 14th Regiment Military (…)
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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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