Biographies

Israel Rabinovitch - Publications

Israel Rabinovitch - Biography

Born in Byten, Russia, acquired his first musical knowledge from home and from playing in a Klezmer band. Immigrated to Canada in 1911 where he continued studying and playing. While living in Montreal Rabinovitch published various writings on Jewish music and edited the Canadian Jewish Eagle.

Sources: Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music, Jewish Public Library Website.

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Jan Radzynski - Publications

Jan Radzynski - Biography

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Shulamit Ran - Biography

Pulitzer Prize winning Israeli Composer, currently serving on faculty at the University of Chicago.

For full biography via the University of Chicago Department of Music website, click here

Ran's personal website, including biography and list of compositions, can be accessed here: 

https://shulamitran.wordpress.com/

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Jacob Rappaport - Publications

Jacob Rappaport - Biography

Born in Telenesht, Bessarabia. As a child he studied with Zeidel Rovner, and started performing as a cantor at the age of 18. He immigrated to the United stated in 1920. There he held different cantorial positions, and devoted himself to composing, most notably cantorial recitatives.

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Menashe Ravina - Biography

Born in Pereyaslavl, Ukraine. Studied music in Germany, immigrated to Palestine in 1924 where he became very active in the local music scene. Ravina published books and articles on different aspects of Jewish music and composed Hebrew folk songs, children's songs, and several piano pieces.

Sources: Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music, Encyclopedia Judaica

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Shlomo Ravitz - Biography

Born in Novogrudok, Russia. Officiated as cantor in various European communities and in South Africa before immigrating to Israel in 1932, where he became a popular cantor in Tel Aviv. Has published Kol Yisrael, a two-volume work containing his compositions and arrangements of traditional tunes.

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Reiner, Karel

Composer & pianist; active in the musical life of Theresienstadt (Terezín)
1910-1979

Karel Reiner - Biography

Karel Reiner, composer and pianist, born June 27, 1910 in Žatec (Western Bohemia). Reiner studied law and musicology at the Charles University in Prague, and composition at the Master School under Josef Suk and Alois Hába. Aside from his interest in composition, Reiner was a talented pianist, dedicated to propagating contemporary music throughout Europe. Reiner concertized regularly and was a sought after accompanist until the Nazi occupying forces in the Czech territories issued a ban on public performances by Jewish musicians. 

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Shelomo Zalman Rivlin - Publications

Shelomo Zalman Rivlin - Biography

Born in Jerusalem where he officiated as cantor at the Shirat Israel Synagogue for 60 years. He trained many of today's notable Israeli cantors, some of whom sang in the "Shirat Israel" cantor choir that was established by Rivlin. Through his compositions published in his Shirei Shlomohe tried to create a musical style that fuses the European and the Oriental traditions. 

Sources: Encyclopedia Judaica

 

 

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Mendi Rodan - Biography

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David Roitman - Biography

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