Biographies

Simeon Bellison - Biography

Clarinetist and teacher. Born in Moscow, immigrated to the U.S. in 1920. Achieved high acclaim in Russia and the U.S. as a clarinetist. Established ensembles which were dedicated to Jewish music both in Russia and in the U.S. Arranged many Jewish compositions for his ensemble in New York. Bellison's archives and a collection of his instruments are housed in the Jerusalem Academy of Music in Jerusalem.

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Paul Ben-Haim - Biography

Paul Ben-Haim (Munich, 1897- Tel-Aviv, 1984, emigrated to Palestine in 1933) was the most recognized Israeli composer abroad, at least until the 1970s. A composer, conductor, pianist and teacher, he had already developed a career as a conductor of operas in Germany in the early 1930s, which he was forced to forsake following the rise of fascism. The most prolific of the founding fathers of Israeli music (excluding, perhaps, Marc Lavry), he wrote over 250 works—including over 100 Lieder and vocal, chamber and symphonic works.

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Beregovski, Moses

Collector & researcher of Ashkenazi music in Eastern Europe
1892 - 1961

Moses Beregovski - Publications

Moses Beregovski - Biography

Moses Beregovski was born in the Ukraine in 1892.  He was exposed to liturgical music at an early age through his father who was a teacher at the Kiev Jewish Music School and a ba’al kore (official who reads the Torah from the scroll in synagogue with proper accentuation and cantillation). Beregovski began his formal musical education at the Kiev and Leningrad conservatories where he studied composition with Shteinberg and Yavorsky.   

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Herman Berlinski - Publications

Herman Berlinski - Biography

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Abraham Moshe Bernstein - Publications

Abraham Moshe Bernstein - Biography

Born in Shatsk (today Ukraine). Officiated as cantor in Vilna for thirty years (1893-1923). A prolific composer who published both liturgical works and musical settings for Hebrew and Yiddish songs. Published a collection of Eastern European Jewish folk melodies (1927).

Two comprehensive biographies covering the life and works of Abraham Moshe Bernstein can be found here.

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Leonard Bernstein - Biography

Pianist, conductor and composer. Born in Lawerence, Mass. Diverse musician and was well known in the U.S. and abroad in many musical fields: as conductor (NY Philharmonic orchestra, and many others), composer, pianist and television personality (making a series of televised lectures about music).

Many biographies have been written about Leonard Bernstein (three can be found below) about different aspects of his life.

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Gary Bertini - Biography

Born in Bessarabia (today Moldova), immigrated to Palestine in 1946. Founded and directed the Rinat Choir (1955-1974), the Israel Chamber Orchestra (1964-1975) and other Israeli musical establishments. Was an acclaimed conductor in Israel and abroad. As a composer, known mostly for his incidental theater music.

For an extended biography, courtesy of Gary Bertini's website, click here

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Beyglman, David

Conductor & theater director in the Lodz ghetto
1887-1944

David Beyglman - Biography

David Beyglman, conductor, was born in 1887 in Ostrowiec (Kielce province of Poland). Beyglman began his musical education at a young age, studying several instruments, chiefly the clarinet and the violin. In 1912, he became the director of the Yitskhok Zanberg Yiddish Theater Company. In addition, he was affiliated with the Azazel and Ararat Yiddish Theaters centered in Lodz. 

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Theodor Bikel - Biography

Born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated to Palestine with his parents at age 13. Studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in London (1946-1948), and immigrated to the United States in the 1950's. As a singer and as an actor, Bikel performed in many Broadway Theater productions, as well as in television shows and in movies. As a folk singer he sang songs that spanned over 20 languages, and he accompanied himself on a wide variety of instruments. Bikel recorded many albums, and performed all over the world.  

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Abraham Wolf Binder - Publications

Abraham Wolf Binder - Biography

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