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Jewish Musicians and Composers

Jewish American Musicians

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A

  • Paula Abdul
  • Casey Abrams
  • Maurice Abravanel
  • Stanley Adams (singer)
  • Kurt Adler
  • Kurt Herbert Adler
  • Larry Adler
  • Steven Adler
  • Milton Ager
  • Lynn Ahrens
  • The Alchemist (record producer)
  • Woody Allen
  • Sheldon Allman
  • Herb Alpert
  • Sean Altman
  • Jo Amar
  • Ames Brothers
  • Ed Ames
  • Morey Amsterdam
  • Israel Amter
  • Jack Antonoff
  • Baruch Arnon
  • Sarah Aroeste
  • Verna Arvey
  • Moses Asch
  • Mickey Avalon

B

  • Babydaddy
  • MC Paul Barman
  • Joey Baron
  • Blue Barron
  • The Barry Sisters (United States)
  • Tim Barsky
  • Eef Barzelay
  • George Bassman
  • Nora Bayes
  • Justin Beck
  • Laurie Beechman
  • Benny Bell
  • Mordechai Ben David
  • Ray Benson
  • Bob Berg
  • Marilyn Bergman
  • Marshall Berle
  • David Berman (musician)
  • Dan Bern
  • Ira Bernstein
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Jeremiah Birnbaum
  • Jack Black
  • Hal Blaine
  • Naoum Blinder
  • Jane Ira Bloom
  • Mike Bloomfield
  • Blue Fringe
  • Bob Blue
  • Hugh Blumenfeld
  • Franziska Boas
  • Victor Borge
  • Leon Botstein
  • Oscar Brand
  • Sophie Braslau
  • Don Brewer
  • Fanny Brice
  • Walter Bricht
  • Adam Brodsky
  • Adam Brody
  • David Bromberg
  • Harvey Brooks
  • Michael Brown (rock musician)
  • David Bryan
  • Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
  • Fat Mike

C

  • C Lanzbom
  • Uri Caine
  • Randy California
  • Eddie Cantor
  • Shlomo Carlebach (musician)
  • Nell Carter
  • Michelle Chamuel
  • Bill Charlap
  • Martin Charnin
  • Buddy Clark
  • Aviad Cohen
  • Greg Cohen
  • Tanner Cohen
  • Al Cohn
  • Anthony Coleman
  • Aaron Cometbus
  • Adrienne Cooper
  • Doug Cotler
  • Herbert Couf
  • Country Yossi
  • Creation (band)
  • Manny Curtis

D

  • Eddie Daniels
  • Krishna Das (singer)
  • Disco D
  • Hal David
  • Jamie Davis (musician)
  • Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Brad Delson
  • Marcella Detroit
  • Mike D
  • Diwon
  • Alix Dobkin
  • Daphna Dove
  • David Draiman
  • Jacob Druckman
  • Kevin DuBrow
  • The Dude of Life
  • Adam Duritz
  • Richard Dworsky
  • Bob Dylan
  • Jakob Dylan

E

  • Fred Ebb
  • Ruth Brewer Eisenberg
  • Cass Elliot
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  • Mischa Elman
  • Ziggy Elman
  • Sandrine Erdely-Sayo
  • Evan and Jaron

F

  • Donald Fagen
  • Nancy Falkow
  • FaltyDL
  • Perry Farrell
  • Frances Faye
  • Yosif Feigelson
  • Lee Feldman
  • Maxine Feldman
  • Morton Feldman
  • Scott Fields
  • Sarah Fimm
  • Sylvia Fine
  • Sally Fingerett
  • Doctor Fink
  • Wild Man Fischer
  • Eddie Fisher (singer)
  • Jon Fishman
  • Béla Fleck
  • Shawn Fogel
  • Helen Forrest
  • Steve Freund
  • Dean Friedman
  • Hannah Friedman
  • Kinky Friedman
  • Dave Frishberg
  • Temim Fruchter

G

  • Adam Gardner
  • Adam Gaynor
  • Michel Gelbart
  • Eli Gerstner
  • Stan Getz
  • Georgia Gibbs
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Ronnie Gilbert
  • Chad I Ginsburg
  • Joe Gittleman
  • Sam Glaser
  • Alma Gluck
  • Tzvi Gluckin
  • Louise Goffin
  • Ari Gold (musician)
  • Aaron Goldberg
  • Szymon Goldberg
  • Edwin Franko Goldman
  • Julie Goldman
  • Maurice Goldman
  • Richard Franko Goldman
  • Stuart Goldman
  • Rubin Goldmark
  • Adam Goldstein
  • Jonathan Goldstein (actor)
  • Benjamin Goldwasser
  • Al Goodman
  • Benny Goodman
  • Saul Goodman (percussionist)
  • Steve Goodman
  • Mike Gordon
  • Lesley Gore
  • Adam Goren
  • Yoav Goren
  • Eydie Gormé
  • Norman Granz
  • Adam Green (musician)
  • Adolph Green
  • Yossi Green
  • Norman Greenbaum
  • Burton Greene
  • David Grisman
  • Henry Gross
  • Adam Guettel
  • Isaac Guillory
  • Brett Gurewitz

H

  • Karl Haas
  • Oscar Hammerstein I
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Lennie Hayton

Argentine Jewish Musicians

  • Giora Feidman, klezmer musician
  • Daniel Barenboim, conductor and pianist
  • Osvaldo Golijov, classical composer
  • Mario Davidovsky, composer
  • Max Glücksmann, pioneer of the Argentinian music and film industries
  • Alejandro Lerner, composer and singer
  • Oscar Strasnoy, composer and conductor

Austrian Jewish Musicians

  • Ignaz Brüll, composer and pianist
  • Joseph Joachim, violinist (born in Kittsee, Austria, at that time Hungary)
  • Hans Keller, musicologist
  • Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer, one of the most famous of his day
  • Erica Morini, violinist
  • Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) composer and pianist
  • Julius Schulhoff (1825-1898) pianist and composer
  • Rudolf Schwarz, conductor
  • Walter Susskind (1913-1980) conductor
  • Richard Tauber, singer and composer
  • Egon Wellesz, composer

Austrian Jewish Composers

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold, composer (born in Bohemia)
  • Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer, one of the most famous of his day
  • Gustav Mahler, Bohemian-born composer, conductor and pianist
  • Arnold Schoenberg (1871-1954), composer (born in Vienna). Founder of Second Viennese School, music theorist.

British Jewish Musicians and Singers

  • Larry Adler, harmonica player (American-born; naturalised British)
  • Ambrose, bandleader (Obituary: Jewish Chronicle 18 June 1971 p35)
  • Elkie Brooks, singer
  • Ian Broudie, member of The Lightning Seeds
  • Pete Burns of Dead or Alive (German Jewish mother)
  • Johnny Clegg, UK-born South African musician
  • Alex Clare,
  • Leonard Feather writer on jazz, jazz pianist and composer,
  • Craig David,
  • Justine Frischmann, member of Elastica
  • Graham Gouldman, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, members of 10cc.
  • Benny Green, saxophonist and broadcaster
  • Peter Green, founding member and original lead singer and guitarist for Fleetwood Mac
  • Steffan Halperin, drummer for Klaxons
  • Mick Jones, guitarist for The Clash
  • John Moss (Culture Club)
  • Ronnie Scott
  • Helen Shapiro, singer
  • Stacey Solomon finalist in X Factor 2009
  • Rachel Stevens, singer-songwriter, actress, TV presenter
  • Lewis Taylor, singer/songwriter
  • Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), singer/songwriter

Canadian Jewish Musicians

  • Leonard Cohen, singer-songwriter and poet
  • Drake, hip hop artist and actor
  • Geddy Lee, lead singer, bassist and keyboardist for progressive rock band Rush
  • David Macklovitch, member of elctrofunk duo Chromeo
  • Sophie Milman (1983 - ) jazz musician
  • Steven Page founding member of Barenaked Ladies
  • Paul Shaffer
  • Amy Sky, singer-songwriter, record producer, theatre actress, and television host
  • David Usher, former frontman for Moist
  • Nikki Yanofsky, jazz-pop singer

French Jewish Musicians

  • Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) composer & pianist
  • Franck Amsallem (1961 -) jazz pianist & composer
  • Monique Andrée Serf (1930-1997) French singer known as Barbara
  • Thomas Bangalter (1975 -) French electro musician known as half of the electro duo Daft Punk
  • Patrick Bruel (born Patrick Benguigui) (1959 -) singer, actor
  • Joe Dassin (1938-1980) American-born singer, son of Jules Dassin
  • Natalie Dessay (1965 -) soprano (Convert to Judaism).
  • Sacha Distel (1933-2004) singer
  • Paul Dukas (1865-1935) composer
  • Serge Gainsbourg (1928-1991)singer-songwriter, actor, film director, writer. Father of Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Jean-Jacques Goldman (1951 -) singer and songwriter. Son of Alter Mojze Goldman, brother to Robert Goldman and half-brother to Pierre Goldman.
  • Fromental Halévy (1799-1862) composer
  • Ludovic Halévy (1834-1908), librettist. Son of élie Halévy
  • Joseph Kosma (1905-1969) Hungarian-born film composer.
  • Jacques Lanzmann (1927-2006) lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
  • Isidore de Lara (1858-1930) English-born composer
  • René Leibowitz (1913-1972) Polish-born composer
  • Daniel Levi (1961 -) singer, composer
  • Enrico Macias (1938 -) Algerian-born singer
  • Emmanuelle Haïm (1967 -) harpsichordist and conductor (half Jewish)
  • Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) composer, member of the Groupe des six
  • Pierre Monteux (1875-1964) conductor
  • Georges Moustaki (1934 -) Egyptian-born composer, singer
  • Yael Naim (1978 -) singer-songwriter, guitarist
  • Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) German-born composer
  • Catherine Ringer (1957 -) Singer, Songwriter, actress.
  • Sapho (1950 -) Moroccan-born singer
  • Martial Solal (1927 -) jazz pianist & composer
  • Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986) Polish-born composer, pianist
  • émile Waldteufel (1837-1915) composer
  • Daniel Vangarde (1947 -) French songwriter & producer, father of Thomas Bangalter

German Jewish Musicians

  • Samuel Adler, composer
  • Haim Alexander, composer
  • Tzvi Avni, composer
  • Paul Ben-Haim, composer
  • Julius Benedict, composer
  • Herman Berlinski, American composer, organist, pianist, musicologist and choir conductor
  • Wolf Biermann, singer/songwriter (Jewish father)
  • Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer
  • Manfred Bukofzer, musicologist
  • Paul Dessau, composer
  • Abel Ehrlich, Israeli composer
  • Alfred Einstein, musicologist
  • Hanns Eisler, German-born composer (Jewish father)
  • Lukas Foss, composer & conductor
  • Alexander Goehr, composer
  • Walter Goehr, conductor
  • Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
  • Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
  • George Henschel, singer & conductor
  • Alfred Hertz, conductor
  • André Herzberg, musician (Pankow)
  • Gerard Hoffnung, musicologist
  • Friedrich Holländer, composer
  • Salomon Jadassohn, composer
  • Leon Jessel, composer
  • Robert Kahn, composer
  • Otto Klemperer, conductor
  • Robert Lachmann, musicologist
  • Ludwig Lenel, organist and composer
  • Hermann Levi, conductor
  • Alfred Lion & Frank Wulff, founders of Blue Note Records
  • Edward Lowinsky, musicologist
  • Michael Mann, musician (Jewish mother)
  • Arnold Mendelssohn, organist
  • Felix Mendelssohn, composer & conductor(Jewish ancestry but raised Lutheran)
  • Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, composer
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer, composer
  • Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer
  • Menahem Pressler, pianist
  • André Previn, conductor
  • Franz Reizenstein, pianist, composer
  • Curt Sachs, musicologist, co-founder of modern organology
  • Kurt Sanderling, conductor
  • Adolf Martin Schlesinger, music publisher
  • Heinrich Sontheim, tenor
  • William Steinberg, conductor
  • Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • Josef Tal, composer
  • Ilia Trilling, synagogue composer
  • Ignatz Waghalter, composer & conductor
  • Bruno Walter, conductor (Jewish father)
  • Franz Waxman, film composer
  • Kurt Weill, composer
  • Indira Weiss, singer & actress
  • Stefan Wolpe, composer
  • Alec Empire, member of Atari Teenage Riot
  • Hilde Zadek, soprano
  • Aron Liedtke, Music Producer

Hungarian Jewish Musicians

  • Pál Budai, pianist, composer
  • Jenã` Deutsch, pianist, composer
  • ádám Fischer, conductor
  • Peter Frankl, pianist
  • Endre Granat, violinist
  • György Justus, composer, musicologist, choir master
  • István Kertész, conductor
  • Sándor Kuti, composer
  • Walter Lajthai-Lazarus, conductor, composer
  • Ervin Nyíregyházi, pianist
  • Georg Solti, conductor
  • Sándor Vándor, composer, educator
  • László Weiner, composer
  • Varnus Xavér, organist

Israeli Jewish Musicians

  • Chava Alberstein - singer/songwriter
  • Etti Ankri - singer/songwriter
  • Yardena Arazi - singer and TV host
  • Shlomo Artzi - singer/songwriter
  • Ehud Banai - singer/songwriter
  • Eef Barzelay - founder of Clem Snide
  • Miri Ben-Ari - jazz and hip hop violinist
  • Mike Brant - French-language singer
  • David Broza - singer/songwriter
  • Matti Caspi - singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer
  • Avishai Cohen - jazz bassist
  • David D'Or - singer, songwriter
  • Arik Einstein - singer, actor, writer
  • Gad Elbaz - singer
  • Ethnix -pop-rock band
  • Uri Frost - rock guitarist, producer and director
  • Aviv Geffen - singer/songwriter
  • Gidi Gov - singer
  • Shlomo Gronich - singer and composer
  • Sarit Hadad - Mizrahi singer
  • Ofra Haza - singer
  • Dana International - pop singer
  • Ishtar - vocalist for Alabina
  • Ehud Manor - songwriter and translator
  • Amal Murkus - singer
  • Yael Naïm - solo singer/musician
  • Ahinoam Nini (Noa) - singer
  • Esther Ofarim - singer
  • Idan Raichel - Ethiopian and Israeli music
  • Yoni Rechter - composer and arranger
  • Berry Sakharof - singer
  • Naomi Shemer - songwriter
  • Gene Simmons - leader member of Kiss
  • Hillel Slovak - original guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Ninet Tayeb - pop rock singer and actress
  • Rika Zaraï, singer
  • Nir Zidkyahu - drummer, briefly in Genesis
  • Zino and Tommy - popular duo, songs in U.S. films
  • Borgore - music producer

Polish Jewish Musicians

  • George Henschel (1850-1934), musician; immigrated to England
  • Jan Kiepura (1902-1966), actor and singer; immigrated to the United States (Jewish mother)
  • Arthur Rubinstein, award winning pianist
  • Paul Kletzki (1900 - 1973), composer and conductor
  • Henryk Szeryng (1918-1988), violinist; immigrated to Mexico
  • Henryk Wars (1902-1977), composer; immigrated to the United States
  • Isaac Stern, violinst
  • Jascha Heifetz, born in Wilno when it was a predominately Polish and Yiddish-speaking city.
  • Wãadysãaw Szpilman, pianist and subject of the Roman Polanski film The Pianist.
  • Mieczysãaw Horszowski, pianist, born in Lwow.
  • Moriz Rosenthal, pianist, born in Lwow.
  • Leopold Godowsky, pianist, born in ãoãle, a town near Wilno.
  • Szymon Goldberg, conductor and violinist born in Wãocãawek, Congress Poland.
  • Arthur Balsam, violinist and pedagogue born in Warsaw and trained in ãódã.
  • Mike Brant, was an Israeli pop star, mother was Bronia Rosenberg, originally from ãódã in Poland, father was Fishel Brand, from Biãgoraj in Poland.

Russian Jewish Musicians

  • Joseph Achron, composer
  • Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
  • Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
  • Yefim Bronfman, pianist
  • Simon Barere, pianist
  • Rudolf Barshai, conductor
  • Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
  • Yuri Bashmet, violist
  • Irving Berlin composer and lyricist
  • Lazar Berman, pianist
  • Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
  • Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
  • Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • Bella Davidovich, pianist
  • Issay Dobrowen, pianist and composer
  • Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
  • Mischa Elman, violinist
  • Mark Ermler, conductor
  • Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
  • Samuil Feinberg, composer
  • Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
  • Veniamin Fleishman, composer
  • Yakov Flier, pianist
  • Grigory Frid, songwriter
  • Artur Friedheim, composer
  • Kirill Gerstein, pianist
  • Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
  • Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
  • Emil Gilels, pianist
  • Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
  • Mark Gorenstein, conductor
  • Riva Gorohovskaya, pianist
  • Maria Grinberg, pianist
  • Natalia Gutman, cellist
  • Jascha Heifetz, violinist
  • Jascha Horenstein, conductor
  • Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
  • Oleg Kagan, violinist
  • Ilya Kaler, violinist
  • Tina Karol, singer
  • Boris Khaykin, conductor
  • Evgeny Kissin, pianist
  • Alexander Knaifel, composer
  • Leonid Kogan, violinist
  • Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
  • Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
  • Josef Lhévinne, pianist
  • Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
  • Arthur Lourié, composer
  • Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
  • Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
  • Nathan Milstein, violinist
  • Shlomo Mintz, violinist
  • Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
  • Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
  • David Oistrakh, violinist
  • Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
  • Leo Ornstein, composer
  • Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
  • Pokrass brothers, composers
  • Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
  • Anton Rubinstein, pianist/composer
  • Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
  • Samuil Samosud, conductor
  • Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
  • Joseph Schillinger, composer, music theorist, and composition teacher
  • Daniil Shafran, cellist
  • Leo Sirota, pianist
  • Regina Spektor, singer-songwriter and pianist
  • Isaac Stern, violinist
  • Sophie Tucker, singer
  • Efrem Zimbalist, Russian-born American violinist
  • Maxim Vengerov, prominent violinist
  • Alexander Veprik, composer
  • Maria Yudina, pianist
  • Yakov Zak, pianist
  • Mikhael Rauchverger, pianist and composer
  • Aleksey Igudesman, violinist

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