Sheila Silver speaks a musical language of her own

Sheila Silver (born 1946) is an American composer. She was born in Seattle, Washington in 1946, she started her piano studies at the age of five. In 1968 she received Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley, and had her Ph.D from Brandeis University, Mass. in 1976. Her music is powerful and … Continue reading Sheila Silver speaks a musical language of her own

Osvaldo Golijov : Jewish-Argentinian Composer born #OnThisDay in 1960

Osvaldo Golijov grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. Born to a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying piano at the local conservatory and composition with Gerardo Gandini … Continue reading Osvaldo Golijov : Jewish-Argentinian Composer born #OnThisDay in 1960

Mieczysław Weinberg’s music for violin and piano in a new recording

Although Mieczysław Weinberg spent most of his life in the Soviet Union and was somewhat “appropriated” by the local music community, he considered himself a Polish Jew. He was born in Warsaw in 1919. His family came to Poland from the territory of the present-day Moldova and settled down in the city, whose population, at … Continue reading Mieczysław Weinberg’s music for violin and piano in a new recording

Aaron Avshalomov : A Jew in China

Aaron Avshalomov (11/11/1894 – 4/26/1965) was a Russian-born Jewish composer.  Born into a Mountain Jewish family, he was sent for medical studies to Zürich, but chose to leave Europe in the wake of the Russian revolution. Mountain Jews or Caucasus Jews of the eastern and northern slopes of Caucasus, mainly Azerbaijan and Dagestan. They are the descendants of … Continue reading Aaron Avshalomov : A Jew in China

Myriam Alter : encompassing jazz, classical music, and various European influences

Myriam Alter is one of those musicians about whom the Internet seems to know very little. What Google manages to dig up more or less tells the same story: Alter hails from a Belgian family of Sephardic Jews. She started piano lessons at age 8 but abandoned the instrument at 15 for other preoccupations. After … Continue reading Myriam Alter : encompassing jazz, classical music, and various European influences

Yehuda Yannay : composer,conductor, filmmaker and performance artist

Yehuda Yannay (Hebrew: יהודה ינאי) (b. 26 May 1937, Timișoara, Romania) is an American-Israeli composer,conductor, filmmaker and performance artist. Yannay moved from Romania to Israel in 1951, where he studied with Alexander Uriya Boskovitch, who influenced him greatly. After completing his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, he pursued postgraduate studies in America, … Continue reading Yehuda Yannay : composer,conductor, filmmaker and performance artist

Miriam Gideon : Composer

Miriam Gideon (10/23/1906–6/181996) was born in Greeley, Colorado, where her father was a Reform rabbi. Her interest in composition —begun in childhood as an ancillary, experimental, and almost private activity—soon became the primary focus of her creative energies. At Boston University, where she earned her bachelor's degree with a major in French literature and a … Continue reading Miriam Gideon : Composer