Biographies

Polish cantor and composer. Abraham Ber Birnbaum was born to a Hassidic family in Pultusk, Poland. He was exposed to music as a young child while accompanying his father on trips to the courts...

Eduard Birnbaum was born in 1855 in Cracow to a family of notable Rabbis and scholars. Birnbaum received his primary education at a Yeshiva in Bydgoszcz. His...

About the cantors of the Portugese Synagogue of Amsterdam see Israel Adler's monograph, ...

Leon Blank was born in Lithuania in 1867. When Blank was just a boy, his family moved to Romania, where he began singing in a local Synagogue choir. Even from an early age, Blank felt an...

Yeruham Blindman served as a cantor in Kishnev, Tarnopol and Berdichev. By 1834 he was touring extensively as a cantor for Synagogues throughout Poland and the Ukraine. He became known as “...

Swiss born American Composer Ernest Bloch was born on July 24, 1880 in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied at the Conservatory in Brussels under noted teachers Eugene Ysaye and Francois Rasse,...

Nissan Blumenthal was born in Berdichev, Ukraine, and at the age of 21 held his first cantorial post at the local Synagogue. In 1841 he was appointed cheif hazzan at the Brody Synagogue in...

Michele Bolaffi was a distinguished musician and composer active in Livorno in the early 19th century. His tenure as musical director of the Great Synagogue of Livorno can...

Composer, pianist, and conductor Josef Bonime was born in Vilna in 1891, and immigrated to the United States with his family as a young boy. Bonime studied composition at The City College of...

Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (Cluj, Hungary, now Romania, 1907 – Tel-Aviv, 1964, immigrated in 1938), a composer and critic, also essayist, translator, revered teacher and lecturer (also pianist...

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