Born in Odessa, Ukraine. Officiated as cantor in Kherson and was a prolific composer, producing many popular works. His works were strongly influenced by European art music to which he was exposed to while singing with Bezalel Shulsinger in Odessa, and studying with Salomon Sulzer in Vienna. His fluent music reading was unusual among the cantors of his day.
Sources: Bayer, Bathja. "Shestapol, Wolf." Encyclopaedia Judaica; Nulman, Macy. "Shestapol, Wolf." Concise Encyclopedia of Jewish Music.