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[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.

[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.

[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
consulted at the Library of Congress:

[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.

[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]

Austria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews

Musicians

*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist

Composers

*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer


British Classical Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers

Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director


Canadian Classical musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians

Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist


French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]

*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish father)
Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer

German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians

Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano

Hungarian Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians

Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist


Israeli Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures

Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - clarinetist


Israeli Classical Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_classical_composers
[I presume nearly all are Jewish. Brod is the only one whose name is
familiar to me, if he is indeed the biographer of Franz Kafka.]

Claude Abravanel (* 1924)
Daniel Akiva (* 1953)
Haim Alexander (* 1915)
Chaya Arbel (* 1921)
Menachem Avidom (1908 - 1995)
Eitan Avitsur (* 1941)
Tzvi Avni (* 1927)
Ayal Adler (* 1968)
Yedidiya Admon (1894 - 1982)
Gil Aldema (* 1928)
Neta Alony (* 1945)
Yardena Alotin (1930 - 1994)
Muni Amariglio (* 1932)
Israel Amidan (1921 - 1968)
Nahum Amir (* 1936)
Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (1909 - 1993)
Avraham Amzallag (* 1941)
Atar Arad (* 1945)
Alexander Argov (1914 - 1992)
Dan Aronowitz (1907 - 1981)
Oded Assaf (* 1947)
Gad Avrahami (* 1952)
Dina Avrech (* 1928)
Benjamin Bar-Am (* 1923)
Rami Bar-Niv (* 1945)
Josef Bardanashvili (* 1948)
Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984)
Ari Ben-Shabetai (* 1954)
Ofer Ben-Amotz (* 1955)
Asher Ben-Yohanan (* 1929)
Bernd Bergel (1909 - 1966)
Bart Berman (* 1938)
Gary Bertini (1927 - 2005)
Valentin Bibik (* 1940 - 2003)
Sarah Bien (* 1992)
Ze’ev Bitkin (* 1947)
Yohanan Boehm (1913 - 1986)
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (1907 - 1964)
John Bostock (* 1954)
Yehezkel Braun (* 1922)
Heskel Brisman (* 1923)
Uri Brener (* 1974)
*Max Brod (1884 - 1968)
Teodor Broder (* 1933)
Moshe Budmor (* 1923)
Mikail Burshtin (* 1943)
Dov Carmel (* 1932)
Gabriel Chmura (* 1946)
Shimon Cohen (* 1937)
Daniela Cohn-Levitas (* 1963)
Franz Crzellitzer (1905 - 1979)
Chaya Czernowin (* 1957)
Ram Da-Oz (* 1929)
Michael Damian (* 1954)
Ariel Davydov (* 1969)
Avner Dorman (* 1975)
Yitzhak Edel (1896 - 1973)
Israel Edelsohn (* 1951)
Gideon Efrati (* 1953)
Abel Ehrlich (1915 - 2003)
Dror Elimelech (* 1956)
Haim Elisha (* 1935)
Amos Elkana (* 1967)
Rivka Elkoshi (* 1949)
Juli Engel (1868-1927)
Itamar Erez (* 1965)
Mary Even-Or (1939 - 1989)
Sarah Feigin (* 1928)
Yerach Fischman (* 1956)
Tsippi Fleischer (* 1946)
Joan Franks-Williams (1930 - 2003)
Jan Freidlin (* 1944)
Daniel Galay (* 1945)
Rachel Galinne (* 1949)
Igor Galperin (* 1964)
Moshe Gassner (* 1929)
Nava Gefen (* 1941)
Artur Gelbrun (1913 - 1985)
Jacob Gilboa (* 1920)
Yehuda Leib Glantz (1898 - 1964)
Yitzhak Graziani (1924 - 2002)
Shlomo Gronich (* 1949)
Noa Guy (* 1949)
Aharon Harlap (* 1941)
Andre Hajdu (* 1932)
Ricardo Hagman (* 1954)
Smadar Handelsman (* 1954)
Robin Heifetz (* 1951)
Edit Heiman (* 1952)
Theodore Holdheim (1923 - 1985)
Gabriel Iranyi (* 1946)
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882 - 1938)
Hanoch Jacoby (1909 - 1990)
Hagar Kadima (* 1957)
Joseph Kaminski (1903 - 1972)
Reuven Kazhiloti (* 1948)
Avner Kenner (* 1952)
Moshe Kilon (* 1925)
Lev Kogan (* 1927)
Aviya Kopelman (* 1978)
Mark Kopytman (* 1929)
Naftaly Lahav (* 1952)
Yehoshua Lakner (1924 - 2003)
Marc Lavry (1903 - 1967)
Yinam Leef (* 1953)
Nizan Leibovich (* 1969)
Arye Levanon (* 1932)
Sarah Levi-Tanai (* 1911)
Leibo Levine (1914 - 1983)
Yehuda Levy (* 1939)
Moshe Lustig (1922 - 1958)
Edri Machat (1931 - 1989)
Alexander Manievitch (1908 - 1976)
Joseph Mar-Haim (* 1940)
Yoram Meyouhas (* 1967)
Ella Milch-Sheriff (* 1954)
Meir Mindel (* 1946)
Issachar Miron (* 1920)
Rita Monkovich (* 1954)
Zvi Nagan (1912 - 1986)
Benny Nagari (* 1950)
Lior Navok (* 1971)
Sergiu Natra (* 1924)
Menahem Nebenhaus (* 1960)
Betty Olivero (* 1954)
Ben-Zion Orgad (* 1926 - 2006)
David Ori (* 1934)
Yoram Paporisz (1944 - 1992)
Oedoen Partos (1907 - 1977)
Erel Paz (* 1974)
Joseph Peles (* 1950)
Haim Permont (* 1950)
Shabtai Petrushka (1903 - 1997)
Boris Pigovat (* 1953)
Sally Pinkas (* 1958)
Eliyahu Piris (* 1960)
Yuri Povolotsky (* 1962)
Jan Radzynski (* 1950)
Shulamit Ran (* 1949)
Israel Rashkovsky (* 1947)
Moshe Rasiuk (* 1954)
Mordechai Rechtman (* 1926)
Giora Rozen (* 1955)
Arie Rufeisen (* 1926)
Alexander Ryger (* 1909)
Mordecai Seter (1916 - 1994)
Yitzhak Sadai (* 1935)
Karel Salmon (1897 - 1974)
Daniel Sambursky (1909 - 1977)
Leon Schidlowsky (* 1931)
Giora Schuster (* 1915)
Dov Seltzer (* 1932)
Ruben Seroussi (* 1959)
Shimon Shachal (* 1934)
Lior Shambadal (* 1950)
Arie Shapira (* 1943)
Sergiu Shapira (* 1931)
Uri Sharvit (* 1939)
Miriam Shatal (* 1903)
Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)
Noam Sheriff (* 1935)
Vered Shilony (* 1948)
Verdina Shlonsky (1905 - 1990)
Sara Shoham (* 1946)
Gil Shohat (* 1973)
Yekutiel Shur (1918 - 1990)
Lotte Simon (* 1912)
Ra'anan Spiro (* 1964)
Eitan Steinberg (* 1955)
Haya Steinberg (* 1961)
Ze'ev Steinberg (* (1918)
Max Stern (* 1947)
Erich Walter Sternberg (1891 - 1974)
Joachim Stutschewsky (1891 - 1982)
Josef Tal (* 1910)
Yoav Talmi (* 1943)
Eli Tamar (* 1964)
Lazar Trachtenberg (* 1955)
Ovadia Tuvya (* 1920)
Boaz Tarsi (* 1960)
Levi Wachtel (1920- 1992)
Naphtali Wagner (* 1949)
Alex Wasserman (* 1963)
Ron Weidberg (* 1953)
Uzi Wiesel (* 1927)
Menachem Wiesenberg (* 1950)
Moshe Wilensky (1910 - 1997)
Yehuda Wohl (1904 - 1988)
Amnon Wolman (* 1955)
Michael Wolpe (* 1960)
Amnon Yadgarov
Yehuda Yannay (* 1937)
Shlomo Yoffe (1909 - 1995)
Dan Yuhas (* 1947)
Benjamin Yusupov (* 1962)
Emanuel Zamir (1925 – 1962)
David Zehavi (1910 - 1977)
Oded Zehavi (* 1961)
Mordechai Zeira (1905 - 1968)
Nadav Ziv (* 1950)
Yosef Zucker (* 1956)
Menachem Zur (* 1942)
Zvi Zori (* 1927)
Moshe Zorman (* 1952)


Polish Jewish Musicians and Comopsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Jews#Musicians

*Emanuel Ax, pianist
Leonard & Phil Chess, founders of Chess Records
Grzegorz Fitelberg, composer
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*Bronislav Gimpel, violinist
*Szymon Goldberg, violinist/conductor
*Ida Haendel, violinist
*Bronislaw Huberman, violinist
Jan Kiepura, singer (Jewish mother)
Leopold Kozlowski, composer, arranger, director, pianist (from the famous
Brandwein family)
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Jewish mother)
Szymon Laks, composer
Geddy Lee, vocalist in Rush
*René Leibowitz, composer
Jerzy Petersburski, composer, pianist (of Jewish ancestry)
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Henryk Szeryng, violinist
W?adys?aw Szpilman pianist, author of The Pianist memoir
*Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
*Carl Tausig, composer, pianist
Ignaz Tiegerman, pianist (Jewish father)
Ignatz Waghalter, composer
Henryk Wars, composer
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, composer
*Henryk Wieniawski, violinist, composer


Russian Jewish Musicians and Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_Jews#Musicians
Musicians

Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
*Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Simon Barere, pianist
*Rudolf Barshai, conductor
Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
*Yuri Bashmet, violist
*Lazar Berman, pianist
Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
*Shura Cherkassky, pianist
*Issay Dobrowen, pianist
Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
*Mischa Elman, violinist [I don't know what the Ukranians think about
being lumped in with the Russians. My long-time personal physician
didn't care.]
Mark Ermler, conductor
Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
*Samuil Feinberg, composer
*Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
Veniamin Fleishman, composer
Grigory Frid, songwriter
Artur Friedheim, composer
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Emil Gilels, pianist
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
Mark Gorenstein, conductor
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 Khaikin, conductor
*Evgeny Kissin, pianist
Alexander Knayfel, composer
*Leonid Kogan, violinist
Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
*Josef Lhévinne, pianist
Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
Arthur Lourié, composer
Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
Andrei Makarevich, singer/songwriter[citation needed]
Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, violinist
Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*David Oistrakh, violinist
* o Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
*Leo Ornstein, composer
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
Pokrass brothers, composers
Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
*Anton Rubinstein, pianist
* o Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
*Samuil Samosud, conductor
*Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
*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
*Maria Yudina, pianist
*Yakov Zak, pianist


American Classical Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Musicians

*Larry Adler, harmonica player
*Leopold Auer, violinist & conductor
Lera Auerbach, composer & pianist
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
*Joshua Bell (1967 - ) classical violinist
*Leonard Bernstein, conductor
*Leon Botstein, conductor, academic
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
*Bella Davidovich, pianist
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, conductor
Misha Dichter, pianist
Glenn Dicterow, violinist
*Antal Dorati, conductor (half Jewish)
Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichordist
*Mischa Elman (1891-1967) Ukrainian-born violinist
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
*Arthur Fiedler, conductor
*Leon Fleisher, pianist
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*George Gershwin, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Alexander Goldenweiser, pianist
*Richard Goode, pianist
*Gary Graffman, pianist
Jay Greenberg (1991 - ) child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard
School in 2002 and has composed numerous works
Matt Haimovitz, cellist
*Clara Haskil, pianist
*Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) violinist, widely regarded as the
greatest violinist of the 20th Century
*David Helfgott, pianist
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Ferdinand Hiller, pianist
*Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
*Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
*Eugene Istomin, pianist (Jewish mother)
*Byron Janis, pianist
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
*Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Oscar Levant, pianist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
James Levine, conductor
*Rosina Lhévinne, pianist
Benjamin Loeb, pianist, conductor, arranger (brother of singer-songwriters,
Debbie & Lisa Loeb)
*George London, baritone
Jerome Lowenthal, pianist
*Radu Lupu, pianist
*William Kapell, pianist
*Lorin Maazel, conductor
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; violinist and
educator
*Robert Merrill, baritone
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, cellist
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
*David Oppenheim, clarinetist
Daniel Oren, conductor
*Eugene ormandy, conductor
*Vladimir de Pachmann, pianist (half Jewish)
*Jan Peerce, tenor
*Murray Perahia, pianist
*Itzhak Perlman, violinist
Roberta Peters, soprano
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
*André Previn, conductor
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
*Leonard Rose, cellist
Joseph Rosenstock, conductor
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Andras Schiff, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
*Peter Serkin, pianist (Jewish father)
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
*Beverly Sills, soprano
*Leo Sirota, pianist
*Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alexander Smallens, conductor
*Solomon Cutner, pianist
*János Starker, cellist
*Isaac Stern, violinist
*Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
*George Szell, conductor
*Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
*Richard Tucker, tenor
*Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist
Bertram Turetzky, contrabassist
*Maxim Vengerov, violinist
*Bruno Walter, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist & conductor
*Efrem Zimbalist, violinist
*David Zinman, conductor
*Pinchas Zuckerman, violinist


American Jewish Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Composers

This is a list of famous Jewish American composers. For listings of famous
Jewish American songwriters, musicals writers, and film composers, see List
of Jewish American musicians, which shares some names with this list. For
other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.

Persons listed with a double asterisks (**) are winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for Music. Jewish composers constitute 20% of the award's recipients,
although Jewish Americans are less than 2% of the United States population.
This list includes both Jewish composers who were born and raised in the
United States and who were born in Europe or elsewhere and immigrated to and
settled in the United States.

Joseph Achron, composer
*Larry Adler, composer
Samuel Adler, composer
Milton Ager, composer
David Amram, composer
*Leopold Auer, composer
Lera Auerbach, composer
Aaron Avshalomov, composer
*Milton Babbitt, composer
Marion Bauer, composer
Arthur Berger, composer
Herman Berlinski, composer
Elmer Bernstein, composer
*Leonard Bernstein, composer
*Marc Blitzstein, composer
*Ernest Bloch, composer
*Aaron Copland, composer **
Nathan Currier, composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Richard Danielpour, composer
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
Mario Davidovsky, composer **
*David Diamond, composer
Deborah Drattell, composer
*Jacob Druckman, composer **
Abraham Ellstein, composer
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer
*Morton Feldman, composer
*Lukas Foss, composer
Rudolf Friml, composer
*George Gershwin, composer
Miriam Gideon, composer
*Philip Glass, composer
Ernest Gold, composer
*Rubin Goldmark, composer
Annie Gosfield, composer
Louis Gruenberg, composer
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer (Jewish father)
*Morton Gould, composer **
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Michael Isaacson, composer
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer **
*Leon Kirchner, composer **
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Oscar Levant, composer and pianist
Adam Levowitz, composer
Steve Margoshes, composer
Norman Martin, composer
Jerome Moross, composer
Alex North, composer
Alexander Olshanetsky, composer
*Leo Ornstein, composer
George Perle, composer
*Andre Previn, composer
Shulamit Ran, composer **
*Steve Reich, composer
*George Rochberg, composer
Laurence Rosenthal, composer
Joseph Rumshinsky, composer
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Ruth Schonthal, composer
*William Schuman, composer **
Allen Shawn, composer
*Nathaniel Shilkret, composer and conductor
Sheila Silver, composer
*Stephen Sondheim, composer**
Mischa Spoliansky, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer **
Stewart Wallace, composer
*Kurt Weill, composer
Jaromír Weinberger, composer
Hugo Weisgall, composer
Meredith Willson, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Yehudi Wyner, composer **
*Efrem Zimbalist, composer and violinist
John Zorn, composer and saxophonist
sechumlib
2007-02-09 01:53:36 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
Russ and/or Martha Oppenheim
2007-02-09 02:04:14 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
It shouldn't.

But as long as we're on the subject:

Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory [sic] Ginzburg, conductor

Wouldn't that be Anton for the conductor?

Russ (not Martha)
Allen
2007-02-09 02:34:06 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
It shouldn't.
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory [sic] Ginzburg, conductor
Wouldn't that be Anton for the conductor?
Russ (not Martha)
And look at the Milken Foundation/Naxos Jewish-American composers--a
great series. And it matters not one whit. Music is great, good,
mediocre, or bad depending on what it sounds like and how it affects
one, not the day of the week of the Sabbath, or even whether there is a
Sabbath, or presence or absence of a foreskin, or any other determinant.
Allen
John W. Kennedy
2007-02-09 02:50:15 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
It shouldn't.
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory [sic] Ginzburg, conductor
Emmerich Kálmán ("Kálmán Imre" in Magyar), composer
--
John W. Kennedy
"The blind rulers of Logres
Nourished the land on a fallacy of rational virtue."
-- Charles Williams. "Taliessin through Logres: Prelude"
fields
2007-02-09 03:53:03 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
And why SHOULDN'T we answer a question with a question?

(I only put that in to make it difficult)
--
Matthew H. Fields http://www.matthewfields.net
Music: Splendor in Sound
sechumlib
2007-02-09 13:25:56 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
And why SHOULDN'T we answer a question with a question?
And is it better to answer a question with a question than to answer it
with a non-question?
PJF
2007-02-12 20:05:10 UTC
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Because so many of Jewish heritage have contributed so much to the great
music of our civilization. As a people from whom some of the greatest
artists and composers have arisen in such abundance throughout the last
several centuries, we owe them and their heritage a special debt of
gratitude. It seems to spring in unusual abundance from their culture. We
are indeed blessed. It is only right that they should be so recognized.

PJF
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
And why does it matter?
sechumlib
2007-02-12 23:28:32 UTC
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Because so many of Jewish heritage have contributed so much to the great
music of our civilization.
The same is true of Germans, French, Italians, Russians, etc., etc. So
we should list them ALL in big lists, right?
Gabriel Parra
2007-02-13 14:27:08 UTC
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Post by PJF
Because so many of Jewish heritage have contributed so much to the great
music of our civilization.
The same is true of Germans, French, Italians, Russians, etc., etc. So
we should list them ALL in big lists, right?
There is no doubt that Jewish people have made contributions to the
arts and sciences that are far greater than any other group (national
or religious) in proportion to their small numbers. Judaism is a
superior intellectual culture, period.
sechumlib
2007-02-13 16:01:29 UTC
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There is no doubt that Jewish people have made contributions to the
arts and sciences that are far greater than any other group (national
or religious) in proportion to their small numbers. Judaism is a
superior intellectual culture, period.
And does THAT, all by itself, justify big lists?
JohnGavin
2007-02-13 16:22:49 UTC
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Post by sechumlib
Post by PJF
Because so many of Jewish heritage have contributed so much to the great
music of our civilization.
The same is true of Germans, French, Italians, Russians, etc., etc. So
we should list them ALL in big lists, right?
There is no doubt that Jewish people have made contributions to the
arts and sciences that are far greater than any other group (national
or religious) in proportion to their small numbers.
Judaism is a
Post by Gabriel Parra
superior intellectual culture, period.
The problem with your theory is that the degree of contribution can't
possibly be measured objectively. Someone could come along and claim
that Bach, Beethoven and Brahms alone outweigh all those on your list
times 10. How are you going to argue with them? Certainly the "no
doubt" part of your thesis may be no doubt on your part, but you can't
possibly speak for others.

The far larger problem is when you invoke phrases like "far greater
than any other group" and "superior intellectual culture". Those
concepts automatically invoke seperativity and naturally -
inferiority. Would you care to make a list of the intellectually
inferior cultures - perhaps you could list them by degress - starting
with the most inferior, working your way up.
Michael Haslam
2007-02-13 20:00:05 UTC
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Judaism is a superior intellectual culture, period.
The problem with your theory is that the degree of contribution can't
possibly be measured objectively. Someone could come along and claim
that Bach, Beethoven and Brahms alone outweigh all those on your list
times 10. How are you going to argue with them? Certainly the "no
doubt" part of your thesis may be no doubt on your part, but you can't
possibly speak for others.
The far larger problem is when you invoke phrases like "far greater
than any other group" and "superior intellectual culture". Those
concepts automatically invoke seperativity and naturally -
inferiority. Would you care to make a list of the intellectually
inferior cultures - perhaps you could list them by degress - starting
with the most inferior, working your way up.
Having avoided stepping into these dangerous waters until now, your
point, Gavin, is compelling. As a non-jew I've been brought up to
respect the jewish contribution to, in my case, European culture as
being out-of-proportion to their numerical strength, but as you rightly
suggest, once you say "Jews are brighter, more cultured, more
hard-working" than the rest, not only are you allowing the possibility
of describing non-jews as _less_ bright etc, you are also admitting the
possibility of describing jews as... well, I'd rather not give negative
attributes here but I'm sure you can imagine.

I think it _is_ possible to suggest that putting certain sections of
society in ghettoes does unusual things to those people's motivations.
--
MJHaslam
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wurstfangler
2007-02-09 02:25:51 UTC
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It would be interesting to know how many of the people on your lists
would actually prefer to be labeled as a Jewish composer or a Jewish
soprano or a Jewish violist. We are simply musicians and should be
known for our musical activities. The rest is our own affair.
Post by Premise Checker
Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.
[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.
[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.
[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]
Austriahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews
Musicians
*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist
Composers
*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer
British Classical Musicianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers
Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director
Canadian Classical musicianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians
Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist
French Musicianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]
*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish father)
Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer
German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologistshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians
Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano
Hungarian Jewish Musicianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians
Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist
Israeli Musicianshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures
Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - ...
read more »
Frank Berger
2007-02-09 03:34:51 UTC
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I could see the value of these lists in a context of studying the effect (or
whether there is an effect) of being Jewish. or being raised Jewish, or not
raised Jewish, or whatever on the music itself. But not just for the sake
of making a list. It gives me the creeps.
sechumlib
2007-02-09 13:26:44 UTC
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Post by Frank Berger
I could see the value of these lists in a context of studying the
effect (or whether there is an effect) of being Jewish. or being raised
Jewish, or not raised Jewish, or whatever on the music itself. But not
just for the sake of making a list. It gives me the creeps.
I'm sure something very like it was made by the Nazis before the Holocaust.
Lenya Ryzhik
2007-02-09 15:15:30 UTC
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Post by sechumlib
Post by Frank Berger
I could see the value of these lists in a context of studying the effect
(or whether there is an effect) of being Jewish. or being raised Jewish, or
not raised Jewish, or whatever on the music itself. But not just for the
sake of making a list. It gives me the creeps.
I'm sure something very like it was made by the Nazis before the Holocaust.
You may notice that this is what he lists as one of his precious sources.
Coming from a different poster the list might have been amusing.

Lenya
Lee Reznick
2007-02-09 03:32:22 UTC
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I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish.
I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?

Lee.
Frank Berger
2007-02-09 03:35:28 UTC
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Post by Premise Checker
I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish.
I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?
Lee.
Who knew?
little
2007-02-09 06:10:09 UTC
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Post by Premise Checker
I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish.
I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?
..and Kreisler was Lutheran!!
Norman M. Schwartz
2007-02-09 15:44:52 UTC
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Post by little
Post by Lee Reznick
Post by Premise Checker
I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish.
I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?
..and Kreisler was Lutheran!!
One of his neighbors said he was Jewish.
graham
2007-02-09 17:44:19 UTC
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Post by Norman M. Schwartz
Post by little
Post by Lee Reznick
Post by Premise Checker
I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish.
I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?
..and Kreisler was Lutheran!!
One of his neighbors said he was Jewish.
One shouldn't take notice of gossip. ISTR that the Strad magazine had an
article on the subject a few years back.
Not that it matters a tuppeny damn!
Graham
sechumlib
2007-02-09 13:27:55 UTC
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I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?
Maybe a Basque Jew? :-)
EM
2007-02-09 21:22:25 UTC
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Post by Lee Reznick
I thought Ravel's mother was a Basque...?
So, what nutter is going to compile a list of classical musicians and
composers whose mother was a Basque? A prominent ETA member perhaps?

EM
fields
2007-02-09 03:52:20 UTC
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[...] Musicians and Composers [...]
Is that like writers and lexicographers?
--
Matthew H. Fields http://www.matthewfields.net
Music: Splendor in Sound
PJF
2007-02-11 03:38:59 UTC
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Re: Maria Yudina. While hardly an expert on this eminent Russian pianist
(1899-1970), I've read much about her and have many of her recordings. In
my reading, so far, I have never seen a reference to her being of Jewish
heritage. As a matter of fact, as best I can tell, she was a devoted
Orthodox Christian. The article on her in Wikipedia has the following
passage:

"Maria Yudina was one of the few Soviet artists who openly opposed the
Communist regime, resulting in her being banned from teaching or performing
on stage on several occasions. She can also be considered one of the great
Christian thinkers of Russia in the twentieth century (among her friends was
the philosopher Pavel Florensky)."

On the otherhand, I find no reference to either Max Steiner or Jerry
Goldsmith. While both wrote movie scores, I think that as Jewish composers,
they deserve inclusion in this list.

BTW, I knew Mendelssohn was Jewish and so could never understand his writing
the Reformation Symphony. Thanks to your explanation, I do now!

Respectfully,

PJF

"Premise Checker" <***@panix.com> wrote in message news:***@panix3.panix.com...
Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles

[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.

[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.

[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
consulted at the Library of Congress:

[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.

[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]

Austria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews

Musicians

*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist

Composers

*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer


British Classical Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers

Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director


Canadian Classical musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians

Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist


French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]

*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish father)
Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer

German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians

Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano

Hungarian Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians

Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist


Israeli Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures

Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - clarinetist


Israeli Classical Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_classical_composers
[I presume nearly all are Jewish. Brod is the only one whose name is
familiar to me, if he is indeed the biographer of Franz Kafka.]

Claude Abravanel (* 1924)
Daniel Akiva (* 1953)
Haim Alexander (* 1915)
Chaya Arbel (* 1921)
Menachem Avidom (1908 - 1995)
Eitan Avitsur (* 1941)
Tzvi Avni (* 1927)
Ayal Adler (* 1968)
Yedidiya Admon (1894 - 1982)
Gil Aldema (* 1928)
Neta Alony (* 1945)
Yardena Alotin (1930 - 1994)
Muni Amariglio (* 1932)
Israel Amidan (1921 - 1968)
Nahum Amir (* 1936)
Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (1909 - 1993)
Avraham Amzallag (* 1941)
Atar Arad (* 1945)
Alexander Argov (1914 - 1992)
Dan Aronowitz (1907 - 1981)
Oded Assaf (* 1947)
Gad Avrahami (* 1952)
Dina Avrech (* 1928)
Benjamin Bar-Am (* 1923)
Rami Bar-Niv (* 1945)
Josef Bardanashvili (* 1948)
Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984)
Ari Ben-Shabetai (* 1954)
Ofer Ben-Amotz (* 1955)
Asher Ben-Yohanan (* 1929)
Bernd Bergel (1909 - 1966)
Bart Berman (* 1938)
Gary Bertini (1927 - 2005)
Valentin Bibik (* 1940 - 2003)
Sarah Bien (* 1992)
Ze'ev Bitkin (* 1947)
Yohanan Boehm (1913 - 1986)
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (1907 - 1964)
John Bostock (* 1954)
Yehezkel Braun (* 1922)
Heskel Brisman (* 1923)
Uri Brener (* 1974)
*Max Brod (1884 - 1968)
Teodor Broder (* 1933)
Moshe Budmor (* 1923)
Mikail Burshtin (* 1943)
Dov Carmel (* 1932)
Gabriel Chmura (* 1946)
Shimon Cohen (* 1937)
Daniela Cohn-Levitas (* 1963)
Franz Crzellitzer (1905 - 1979)
Chaya Czernowin (* 1957)
Ram Da-Oz (* 1929)
Michael Damian (* 1954)
Ariel Davydov (* 1969)
Avner Dorman (* 1975)
Yitzhak Edel (1896 - 1973)
Israel Edelsohn (* 1951)
Gideon Efrati (* 1953)
Abel Ehrlich (1915 - 2003)
Dror Elimelech (* 1956)
Haim Elisha (* 1935)
Amos Elkana (* 1967)
Rivka Elkoshi (* 1949)
Juli Engel (1868-1927)
Itamar Erez (* 1965)
Mary Even-Or (1939 - 1989)
Sarah Feigin (* 1928)
Yerach Fischman (* 1956)
Tsippi Fleischer (* 1946)
Joan Franks-Williams (1930 - 2003)
Jan Freidlin (* 1944)
Daniel Galay (* 1945)
Rachel Galinne (* 1949)
Igor Galperin (* 1964)
Moshe Gassner (* 1929)
Nava Gefen (* 1941)
Artur Gelbrun (1913 - 1985)
Jacob Gilboa (* 1920)
Yehuda Leib Glantz (1898 - 1964)
Yitzhak Graziani (1924 - 2002)
Shlomo Gronich (* 1949)
Noa Guy (* 1949)
Aharon Harlap (* 1941)
Andre Hajdu (* 1932)
Ricardo Hagman (* 1954)
Smadar Handelsman (* 1954)
Robin Heifetz (* 1951)
Edit Heiman (* 1952)
Theodore Holdheim (1923 - 1985)
Gabriel Iranyi (* 1946)
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882 - 1938)
Hanoch Jacoby (1909 - 1990)
Hagar Kadima (* 1957)
Joseph Kaminski (1903 - 1972)
Reuven Kazhiloti (* 1948)
Avner Kenner (* 1952)
Moshe Kilon (* 1925)
Lev Kogan (* 1927)
Aviya Kopelman (* 1978)
Mark Kopytman (* 1929)
Naftaly Lahav (* 1952)
Yehoshua Lakner (1924 - 2003)
Marc Lavry (1903 - 1967)
Yinam Leef (* 1953)
Nizan Leibovich (* 1969)
Arye Levanon (* 1932)
Sarah Levi-Tanai (* 1911)
Leibo Levine (1914 - 1983)
Yehuda Levy (* 1939)
Moshe Lustig (1922 - 1958)
Edri Machat (1931 - 1989)
Alexander Manievitch (1908 - 1976)
Joseph Mar-Haim (* 1940)
Yoram Meyouhas (* 1967)
Ella Milch-Sheriff (* 1954)
Meir Mindel (* 1946)
Issachar Miron (* 1920)
Rita Monkovich (* 1954)
Zvi Nagan (1912 - 1986)
Benny Nagari (* 1950)
Lior Navok (* 1971)
Sergiu Natra (* 1924)
Menahem Nebenhaus (* 1960)
Betty Olivero (* 1954)
Ben-Zion Orgad (* 1926 - 2006)
David Ori (* 1934)
Yoram Paporisz (1944 - 1992)
Oedoen Partos (1907 - 1977)
Erel Paz (* 1974)
Joseph Peles (* 1950)
Haim Permont (* 1950)
Shabtai Petrushka (1903 - 1997)
Boris Pigovat (* 1953)
Sally Pinkas (* 1958)
Eliyahu Piris (* 1960)
Yuri Povolotsky (* 1962)
Jan Radzynski (* 1950)
Shulamit Ran (* 1949)
Israel Rashkovsky (* 1947)
Moshe Rasiuk (* 1954)
Mordechai Rechtman (* 1926)
Giora Rozen (* 1955)
Arie Rufeisen (* 1926)
Alexander Ryger (* 1909)
Mordecai Seter (1916 - 1994)
Yitzhak Sadai (* 1935)
Karel Salmon (1897 - 1974)
Daniel Sambursky (1909 - 1977)
Leon Schidlowsky (* 1931)
Giora Schuster (* 1915)
Dov Seltzer (* 1932)
Ruben Seroussi (* 1959)
Shimon Shachal (* 1934)
Lior Shambadal (* 1950)
Arie Shapira (* 1943)
Sergiu Shapira (* 1931)
Uri Sharvit (* 1939)
Miriam Shatal (* 1903)
Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)
Noam Sheriff (* 1935)
Vered Shilony (* 1948)
Verdina Shlonsky (1905 - 1990)
Sara Shoham (* 1946)
Gil Shohat (* 1973)
Yekutiel Shur (1918 - 1990)
Lotte Simon (* 1912)
Ra'anan Spiro (* 1964)
Eitan Steinberg (* 1955)
Haya Steinberg (* 1961)
Ze'ev Steinberg (* (1918)
Max Stern (* 1947)
Erich Walter Sternberg (1891 - 1974)
Joachim Stutschewsky (1891 - 1982)
Josef Tal (* 1910)
Yoav Talmi (* 1943)
Eli Tamar (* 1964)
Lazar Trachtenberg (* 1955)
Ovadia Tuvya (* 1920)
Boaz Tarsi (* 1960)
Levi Wachtel (1920- 1992)
Naphtali Wagner (* 1949)
Alex Wasserman (* 1963)
Ron Weidberg (* 1953)
Uzi Wiesel (* 1927)
Menachem Wiesenberg (* 1950)
Moshe Wilensky (1910 - 1997)
Yehuda Wohl (1904 - 1988)
Amnon Wolman (* 1955)
Michael Wolpe (* 1960)
Amnon Yadgarov
Yehuda Yannay (* 1937)
Shlomo Yoffe (1909 - 1995)
Dan Yuhas (* 1947)
Benjamin Yusupov (* 1962)
Emanuel Zamir (1925 - 1962)
David Zehavi (1910 - 1977)
Oded Zehavi (* 1961)
Mordechai Zeira (1905 - 1968)
Nadav Ziv (* 1950)
Yosef Zucker (* 1956)
Menachem Zur (* 1942)
Zvi Zori (* 1927)
Moshe Zorman (* 1952)


Polish Jewish Musicians and Comopsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Jews#Musicians

*Emanuel Ax, pianist
Leonard & Phil Chess, founders of Chess Records
Grzegorz Fitelberg, composer
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*Bronislav Gimpel, violinist
*Szymon Goldberg, violinist/conductor
*Ida Haendel, violinist
*Bronislaw Huberman, violinist
Jan Kiepura, singer (Jewish mother)
Leopold Kozlowski, composer, arranger, director, pianist (from the famous
Brandwein family)
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Jewish mother)
Szymon Laks, composer
Geddy Lee, vocalist in Rush
*René Leibowitz, composer
Jerzy Petersburski, composer, pianist (of Jewish ancestry)
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Henryk Szeryng, violinist
W?adys?aw Szpilman pianist, author of The Pianist memoir
*Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
*Carl Tausig, composer, pianist
Ignaz Tiegerman, pianist (Jewish father)
Ignatz Waghalter, composer
Henryk Wars, composer
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, composer
*Henryk Wieniawski, violinist, composer


Russian Jewish Musicians and Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_Jews#Musicians
Musicians

Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
*Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Simon Barere, pianist
*Rudolf Barshai, conductor
Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
*Yuri Bashmet, violist
*Lazar Berman, pianist
Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
*Shura Cherkassky, pianist
*Issay Dobrowen, pianist
Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
*Mischa Elman, violinist [I don't know what the Ukranians think about
being lumped in with the Russians. My long-time personal physician
didn't care.]
Mark Ermler, conductor
Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
*Samuil Feinberg, composer
*Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
Veniamin Fleishman, composer
Grigory Frid, songwriter
Artur Friedheim, composer
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Emil Gilels, pianist
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
Mark Gorenstein, conductor
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 Khaikin, conductor
*Evgeny Kissin, pianist
Alexander Knayfel, composer
*Leonid Kogan, violinist
Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
*Josef Lhévinne, pianist
Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
Arthur Lourié, composer
Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
Andrei Makarevich, singer/songwriter[citation needed]
Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, violinist
Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*David Oistrakh, violinist
* o Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
*Leo Ornstein, composer
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
Pokrass brothers, composers
Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
*Anton Rubinstein, pianist
* o Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
*Samuil Samosud, conductor
*Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
*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
*Maria Yudina, pianist
*Yakov Zak, pianist


American Classical Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Musicians

*Larry Adler, harmonica player
*Leopold Auer, violinist & conductor
Lera Auerbach, composer & pianist
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
*Joshua Bell (1967 - ) classical violinist
*Leonard Bernstein, conductor
*Leon Botstein, conductor, academic
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
*Bella Davidovich, pianist
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, conductor
Misha Dichter, pianist
Glenn Dicterow, violinist
*Antal Dorati, conductor (half Jewish)
Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichordist
*Mischa Elman (1891-1967) Ukrainian-born violinist
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
*Arthur Fiedler, conductor
*Leon Fleisher, pianist
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*George Gershwin, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Alexander Goldenweiser, pianist
*Richard Goode, pianist
*Gary Graffman, pianist
Jay Greenberg (1991 - ) child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard
School in 2002 and has composed numerous works
Matt Haimovitz, cellist
*Clara Haskil, pianist
*Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) violinist, widely regarded as the
greatest violinist of the 20th Century
*David Helfgott, pianist
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Ferdinand Hiller, pianist
*Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
*Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
*Eugene Istomin, pianist (Jewish mother)
*Byron Janis, pianist
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
*Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Oscar Levant, pianist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
James Levine, conductor
*Rosina Lhévinne, pianist
Benjamin Loeb, pianist, conductor, arranger (brother of singer-songwriters,
Debbie & Lisa Loeb)
*George London, baritone
Jerome Lowenthal, pianist
*Radu Lupu, pianist
*William Kapell, pianist
*Lorin Maazel, conductor
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; violinist and
educator
*Robert Merrill, baritone
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, cellist
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
*David Oppenheim, clarinetist
Daniel Oren, conductor
*Eugene ormandy, conductor
*Vladimir de Pachmann, pianist (half Jewish)
*Jan Peerce, tenor
*Murray Perahia, pianist
*Itzhak Perlman, violinist
Roberta Peters, soprano
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
*André Previn, conductor
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
*Leonard Rose, cellist
Joseph Rosenstock, conductor
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Andras Schiff, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
*Peter Serkin, pianist (Jewish father)
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
*Beverly Sills, soprano
*Leo Sirota, pianist
*Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alexander Smallens, conductor
*Solomon Cutner, pianist
*János Starker, cellist
*Isaac Stern, violinist
*Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
*George Szell, conductor
*Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
*Richard Tucker, tenor
*Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist
Bertram Turetzky, contrabassist
*Maxim Vengerov, violinist
*Bruno Walter, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist & conductor
*Efrem Zimbalist, violinist
*David Zinman, conductor
*Pinchas Zuckerman, violinist


American Jewish Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Composers

This is a list of famous Jewish American composers. For listings of famous
Jewish American songwriters, musicals writers, and film composers, see List
of Jewish American musicians, which shares some names with this list. For
other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.

Persons listed with a double asterisks (**) are winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for Music. Jewish composers constitute 20% of the award's recipients,
although Jewish Americans are less than 2% of the United States population.
This list includes both Jewish composers who were born and raised in the
United States and who were born in Europe or elsewhere and immigrated to and
settled in the United States.

Joseph Achron, composer
*Larry Adler, composer
Samuel Adler, composer
Milton Ager, composer
David Amram, composer
*Leopold Auer, composer
Lera Auerbach, composer
Aaron Avshalomov, composer
*Milton Babbitt, composer
Marion Bauer, composer
Arthur Berger, composer
Herman Berlinski, composer
Elmer Bernstein, composer
*Leonard Bernstein, composer
*Marc Blitzstein, composer
*Ernest Bloch, composer
*Aaron Copland, composer **
Nathan Currier, composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Richard Danielpour, composer
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
Mario Davidovsky, composer **
*David Diamond, composer
Deborah Drattell, composer
*Jacob Druckman, composer **
Abraham Ellstein, composer
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer
*Morton Feldman, composer
*Lukas Foss, composer
Rudolf Friml, composer
*George Gershwin, composer
Miriam Gideon, composer
*Philip Glass, composer
Ernest Gold, composer
*Rubin Goldmark, composer
Annie Gosfield, composer
Louis Gruenberg, composer
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer (Jewish father)
*Morton Gould, composer **
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Michael Isaacson, composer
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer **
*Leon Kirchner, composer **
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Oscar Levant, composer and pianist
Adam Levowitz, composer
Steve Margoshes, composer
Norman Martin, composer
Jerome Moross, composer
Alex North, composer
Alexander Olshanetsky, composer
*Leo Ornstein, composer
George Perle, composer
*Andre Previn, composer
Shulamit Ran, composer **
*Steve Reich, composer
*George Rochberg, composer
Laurence Rosenthal, composer
Joseph Rumshinsky, composer
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Ruth Schonthal, composer
*William Schuman, composer **
Allen Shawn, composer
*Nathaniel Shilkret, composer and conductor
Sheila Silver, composer
*Stephen Sondheim, composer**
Mischa Spoliansky, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer **
Stewart Wallace, composer
*Kurt Weill, composer
Jaromír Weinberger, composer
Hugo Weisgall, composer
Meredith Willson, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Yehudi Wyner, composer **
*Efrem Zimbalist, composer and violinist
John Zorn, composer and saxophonist
Lenya Ryzhik
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Lenya
Post by PJF
Re: Maria Yudina. While hardly an expert on this eminent Russian pianist
(1899-1970), I've read much about her and have many of her recordings. In
my reading, so far, I have never seen a reference to her being of Jewish
heritage. As a matter of fact, as best I can tell, she was a devoted
Orthodox Christian. The article on her in Wikipedia has the following
"Maria Yudina was one of the few Soviet artists who openly opposed the
Communist regime, resulting in her being banned from teaching or performing
on stage on several occasions. She can also be considered one of the great
Christian thinkers of Russia in the twentieth century (among her friends was
the philosopher Pavel Florensky)."
On the otherhand, I find no reference to either Max Steiner or Jerry
Goldsmith. While both wrote movie scores, I think that as Jewish composers,
they deserve inclusion in this list.
BTW, I knew Mendelssohn was Jewish and so could never understand his writing
the Reformation Symphony. Thanks to your explanation, I do now!
Respectfully,
PJF
Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.
[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.
[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.
[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]
Austria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews
Musicians
*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist
Composers
*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer
British Classical Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers
Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director
Canadian Classical musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians
Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist
French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]
*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish father)
Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer
German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians
Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano
Hungarian Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians
Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist
Israeli Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures
Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - clarinetist
Israeli Classical Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_classical_composers
[I presume nearly all are Jewish. Brod is the only one whose name is
familiar to me, if he is indeed the biographer of Franz Kafka.]
Claude Abravanel (* 1924)
Daniel Akiva (* 1953)
Haim Alexander (* 1915)
Chaya Arbel (* 1921)
Menachem Avidom (1908 - 1995)
Eitan Avitsur (* 1941)
Tzvi Avni (* 1927)
Ayal Adler (* 1968)
Yedidiya Admon (1894 - 1982)
Gil Aldema (* 1928)
Neta Alony (* 1945)
Yardena Alotin (1930 - 1994)
Muni Amariglio (* 1932)
Israel Amidan (1921 - 1968)
Nahum Amir (* 1936)
Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (1909 - 1993)
Avraham Amzallag (* 1941)
Atar Arad (* 1945)
Alexander Argov (1914 - 1992)
Dan Aronowitz (1907 - 1981)
Oded Assaf (* 1947)
Gad Avrahami (* 1952)
Dina Avrech (* 1928)
Benjamin Bar-Am (* 1923)
Rami Bar-Niv (* 1945)
Josef Bardanashvili (* 1948)
Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984)
Ari Ben-Shabetai (* 1954)
Ofer Ben-Amotz (* 1955)
Asher Ben-Yohanan (* 1929)
Bernd Bergel (1909 - 1966)
Bart Berman (* 1938)
Gary Bertini (1927 - 2005)
Valentin Bibik (* 1940 - 2003)
Sarah Bien (* 1992)
Ze'ev Bitkin (* 1947)
Yohanan Boehm (1913 - 1986)
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (1907 - 1964)
John Bostock (* 1954)
Yehezkel Braun (* 1922)
Heskel Brisman (* 1923)
Uri Brener (* 1974)
*Max Brod (1884 - 1968)
Teodor Broder (* 1933)
Moshe Budmor (* 1923)
Mikail Burshtin (* 1943)
Dov Carmel (* 1932)
Gabriel Chmura (* 1946)
Shimon Cohen (* 1937)
Daniela Cohn-Levitas (* 1963)
Franz Crzellitzer (1905 - 1979)
Chaya Czernowin (* 1957)
Ram Da-Oz (* 1929)
Michael Damian (* 1954)
Ariel Davydov (* 1969)
Avner Dorman (* 1975)
Yitzhak Edel (1896 - 1973)
Israel Edelsohn (* 1951)
Gideon Efrati (* 1953)
Abel Ehrlich (1915 - 2003)
Dror Elimelech (* 1956)
Haim Elisha (* 1935)
Amos Elkana (* 1967)
Rivka Elkoshi (* 1949)
Juli Engel (1868-1927)
Itamar Erez (* 1965)
Mary Even-Or (1939 - 1989)
Sarah Feigin (* 1928)
Yerach Fischman (* 1956)
Tsippi Fleischer (* 1946)
Joan Franks-Williams (1930 - 2003)
Jan Freidlin (* 1944)
Daniel Galay (* 1945)
Rachel Galinne (* 1949)
Igor Galperin (* 1964)
Moshe Gassner (* 1929)
Nava Gefen (* 1941)
Artur Gelbrun (1913 - 1985)
Jacob Gilboa (* 1920)
Yehuda Leib Glantz (1898 - 1964)
Yitzhak Graziani (1924 - 2002)
Shlomo Gronich (* 1949)
Noa Guy (* 1949)
Aharon Harlap (* 1941)
Andre Hajdu (* 1932)
Ricardo Hagman (* 1954)
Smadar Handelsman (* 1954)
Robin Heifetz (* 1951)
Edit Heiman (* 1952)
Theodore Holdheim (1923 - 1985)
Gabriel Iranyi (* 1946)
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882 - 1938)
Hanoch Jacoby (1909 - 1990)
Hagar Kadima (* 1957)
Joseph Kaminski (1903 - 1972)
Reuven Kazhiloti (* 1948)
Avner Kenner (* 1952)
Moshe Kilon (* 1925)
Lev Kogan (* 1927)
Aviya Kopelman (* 1978)
Mark Kopytman (* 1929)
Naftaly Lahav (* 1952)
Yehoshua Lakner (1924 - 2003)
Marc Lavry (1903 - 1967)
Yinam Leef (* 1953)
Nizan Leibovich (* 1969)
Arye Levanon (* 1932)
Sarah Levi-Tanai (* 1911)
Leibo Levine (1914 - 1983)
Yehuda Levy (* 1939)
Moshe Lustig (1922 - 1958)
Edri Machat (1931 - 1989)
Alexander Manievitch (1908 - 1976)
Joseph Mar-Haim (* 1940)
Yoram Meyouhas (* 1967)
Ella Milch-Sheriff (* 1954)
Meir Mindel (* 1946)
Issachar Miron (* 1920)
Rita Monkovich (* 1954)
Zvi Nagan (1912 - 1986)
Benny Nagari (* 1950)
Lior Navok (* 1971)
Sergiu Natra (* 1924)
Menahem Nebenhaus (* 1960)
Betty Olivero (* 1954)
Ben-Zion Orgad (* 1926 - 2006)
David Ori (* 1934)
Yoram Paporisz (1944 - 1992)
Oedoen Partos (1907 - 1977)
Erel Paz (* 1974)
Joseph Peles (* 1950)
Haim Permont (* 1950)
Shabtai Petrushka (1903 - 1997)
Boris Pigovat (* 1953)
Sally Pinkas (* 1958)
Eliyahu Piris (* 1960)
Yuri Povolotsky (* 1962)
Jan Radzynski (* 1950)
Shulamit Ran (* 1949)
Israel Rashkovsky (* 1947)
Moshe Rasiuk (* 1954)
Mordechai Rechtman (* 1926)
Giora Rozen (* 1955)
Arie Rufeisen (* 1926)
Alexander Ryger (* 1909)
Mordecai Seter (1916 - 1994)
Yitzhak Sadai (* 1935)
Karel Salmon (1897 - 1974)
Daniel Sambursky (1909 - 1977)
Leon Schidlowsky (* 1931)
Giora Schuster (* 1915)
Dov Seltzer (* 1932)
Ruben Seroussi (* 1959)
Shimon Shachal (* 1934)
Lior Shambadal (* 1950)
Arie Shapira (* 1943)
Sergiu Shapira (* 1931)
Uri Sharvit (* 1939)
Miriam Shatal (* 1903)
Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)
Noam Sheriff (* 1935)
Vered Shilony (* 1948)
Verdina Shlonsky (1905 - 1990)
Sara Shoham (* 1946)
Gil Shohat (* 1973)
Yekutiel Shur (1918 - 1990)
Lotte Simon (* 1912)
Ra'anan Spiro (* 1964)
Eitan Steinberg (* 1955)
Haya Steinberg (* 1961)
Ze'ev Steinberg (* (1918)
Max Stern (* 1947)
Erich Walter Sternberg (1891 - 1974)
Joachim Stutschewsky (1891 - 1982)
Josef Tal (* 1910)
Yoav Talmi (* 1943)
Eli Tamar (* 1964)
Lazar Trachtenberg (* 1955)
Ovadia Tuvya (* 1920)
Boaz Tarsi (* 1960)
Levi Wachtel (1920- 1992)
Naphtali Wagner (* 1949)
Alex Wasserman (* 1963)
Ron Weidberg (* 1953)
Uzi Wiesel (* 1927)
Menachem Wiesenberg (* 1950)
Moshe Wilensky (1910 - 1997)
Yehuda Wohl (1904 - 1988)
Amnon Wolman (* 1955)
Michael Wolpe (* 1960)
Amnon Yadgarov
Yehuda Yannay (* 1937)
Shlomo Yoffe (1909 - 1995)
Dan Yuhas (* 1947)
Benjamin Yusupov (* 1962)
Emanuel Zamir (1925 - 1962)
David Zehavi (1910 - 1977)
Oded Zehavi (* 1961)
Mordechai Zeira (1905 - 1968)
Nadav Ziv (* 1950)
Yosef Zucker (* 1956)
Menachem Zur (* 1942)
Zvi Zori (* 1927)
Moshe Zorman (* 1952)
Polish Jewish Musicians and Comopsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Jews#Musicians
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
Leonard & Phil Chess, founders of Chess Records
Grzegorz Fitelberg, composer
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*Bronislav Gimpel, violinist
*Szymon Goldberg, violinist/conductor
*Ida Haendel, violinist
*Bronislaw Huberman, violinist
Jan Kiepura, singer (Jewish mother)
Leopold Kozlowski, composer, arranger, director, pianist (from the famous
Brandwein family)
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Jewish mother)
Szymon Laks, composer
Geddy Lee, vocalist in Rush
*René Leibowitz, composer
Jerzy Petersburski, composer, pianist (of Jewish ancestry)
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Henryk Szeryng, violinist
W?adys?aw Szpilman pianist, author of The Pianist memoir
*Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
*Carl Tausig, composer, pianist
Ignaz Tiegerman, pianist (Jewish father)
Ignatz Waghalter, composer
Henryk Wars, composer
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, composer
*Henryk Wieniawski, violinist, composer
Russian Jewish Musicians and Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_Jews#Musicians
Musicians
Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
*Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Simon Barere, pianist
*Rudolf Barshai, conductor
Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
*Yuri Bashmet, violist
*Lazar Berman, pianist
Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
*Shura Cherkassky, pianist
*Issay Dobrowen, pianist
Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
*Mischa Elman, violinist [I don't know what the Ukranians think about
being lumped in with the Russians. My long-time personal physician
didn't care.]
Mark Ermler, conductor
Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
*Samuil Feinberg, composer
*Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
Veniamin Fleishman, composer
Grigory Frid, songwriter
Artur Friedheim, composer
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Emil Gilels, pianist
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
Mark Gorenstein, conductor
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 Khaikin, conductor
*Evgeny Kissin, pianist
Alexander Knayfel, composer
*Leonid Kogan, violinist
Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
*Josef Lhévinne, pianist
Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
Arthur Lourié, composer
Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
Andrei Makarevich, singer/songwriter[citation needed]
Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, violinist
Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*David Oistrakh, violinist
* o Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
*Leo Ornstein, composer
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
Pokrass brothers, composers
Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
*Anton Rubinstein, pianist
* o Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
*Samuil Samosud, conductor
*Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
*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
*Maria Yudina, pianist
*Yakov Zak, pianist
American Classical Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Musicians
*Larry Adler, harmonica player
*Leopold Auer, violinist & conductor
Lera Auerbach, composer & pianist
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
*Joshua Bell (1967 - ) classical violinist
*Leonard Bernstein, conductor
*Leon Botstein, conductor, academic
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
*Bella Davidovich, pianist
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, conductor
Misha Dichter, pianist
Glenn Dicterow, violinist
*Antal Dorati, conductor (half Jewish)
Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichordist
*Mischa Elman (1891-1967) Ukrainian-born violinist
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
*Arthur Fiedler, conductor
*Leon Fleisher, pianist
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*George Gershwin, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Alexander Goldenweiser, pianist
*Richard Goode, pianist
*Gary Graffman, pianist
Jay Greenberg (1991 - ) child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard
School in 2002 and has composed numerous works
Matt Haimovitz, cellist
*Clara Haskil, pianist
*Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) violinist, widely regarded as the
greatest violinist of the 20th Century
*David Helfgott, pianist
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Ferdinand Hiller, pianist
*Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
*Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
*Eugene Istomin, pianist (Jewish mother)
*Byron Janis, pianist
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
*Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Oscar Levant, pianist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
James Levine, conductor
*Rosina Lhévinne, pianist
Benjamin Loeb, pianist, conductor, arranger (brother of singer-songwriters,
Debbie & Lisa Loeb)
*George London, baritone
Jerome Lowenthal, pianist
*Radu Lupu, pianist
*William Kapell, pianist
*Lorin Maazel, conductor
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; violinist and
educator
*Robert Merrill, baritone
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, cellist
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
*David Oppenheim, clarinetist
Daniel Oren, conductor
*Eugene ormandy, conductor
*Vladimir de Pachmann, pianist (half Jewish)
*Jan Peerce, tenor
*Murray Perahia, pianist
*Itzhak Perlman, violinist
Roberta Peters, soprano
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
*André Previn, conductor
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
*Leonard Rose, cellist
Joseph Rosenstock, conductor
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Andras Schiff, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
*Peter Serkin, pianist (Jewish father)
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
*Beverly Sills, soprano
*Leo Sirota, pianist
*Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alexander Smallens, conductor
*Solomon Cutner, pianist
*János Starker, cellist
*Isaac Stern, violinist
*Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
*George Szell, conductor
*Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
*Richard Tucker, tenor
*Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist
Bertram Turetzky, contrabassist
*Maxim Vengerov, violinist
*Bruno Walter, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist & conductor
*Efrem Zimbalist, violinist
*David Zinman, conductor
*Pinchas Zuckerman, violinist
American Jewish Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Composers
This is a list of famous Jewish American composers. For listings of famous
Jewish American songwriters, musicals writers, and film composers, see List
of Jewish American musicians, which shares some names with this list. For
other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.
Persons listed with a double asterisks (**) are winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for Music. Jewish composers constitute 20% of the award's recipients,
although Jewish Americans are less than 2% of the United States population.
This list includes both Jewish composers who were born and raised in the
United States and who were born in Europe or elsewhere and immigrated to and
settled in the United States.
Joseph Achron, composer
*Larry Adler, composer
Samuel Adler, composer
Milton Ager, composer
David Amram, composer
*Leopold Auer, composer
Lera Auerbach, composer
Aaron Avshalomov, composer
*Milton Babbitt, composer
Marion Bauer, composer
Arthur Berger, composer
Herman Berlinski, composer
Elmer Bernstein, composer
*Leonard Bernstein, composer
*Marc Blitzstein, composer
*Ernest Bloch, composer
*Aaron Copland, composer **
Nathan Currier, composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Richard Danielpour, composer
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
Mario Davidovsky, composer **
*David Diamond, composer
Deborah Drattell, composer
*Jacob Druckman, composer **
Abraham Ellstein, composer
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer
*Morton Feldman, composer
*Lukas Foss, composer
Rudolf Friml, composer
*George Gershwin, composer
Miriam Gideon, composer
*Philip Glass, composer
Ernest Gold, composer
*Rubin Goldmark, composer
Annie Gosfield, composer
Louis Gruenberg, composer
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer (Jewish father)
*Morton Gould, composer **
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Michael Isaacson, composer
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer **
*Leon Kirchner, composer **
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Oscar Levant, composer and pianist
Adam Levowitz, composer
Steve Margoshes, composer
Norman Martin, composer
Jerome Moross, composer
Alex North, composer
Alexander Olshanetsky, composer
*Leo Ornstein, composer
George Perle, composer
*Andre Previn, composer
Shulamit Ran, composer **
*Steve Reich, composer
*George Rochberg, composer
Laurence Rosenthal, composer
Joseph Rumshinsky, composer
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Ruth Schonthal, composer
*William Schuman, composer **
Allen Shawn, composer
*Nathaniel Shilkret, composer and conductor
Sheila Silver, composer
*Stephen Sondheim, composer**
Mischa Spoliansky, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer **
Stewart Wallace, composer
*Kurt Weill, composer
Jaromír Weinberger, composer
Hugo Weisgall, composer
Meredith Willson, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Yehudi Wyner, composer **
*Efrem Zimbalist, composer and violinist
John Zorn, composer and saxophonist
PJF
2007-02-12 17:58:41 UTC
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Thank you. Lenya. I appreciate your input. If you have time and can do so
conveniently, could you provide a cite on which you based your response? I'm
a devoted fan of Maria Yudina and would like to know more about her not only
as a brilliant musician but as a person.

Kindest regards,

PJF
Post by Lenya Ryzhik
She was Jewish in origin, and/but converted to Russian Orthodox branch of
Christianity.
Lenya
Post by PJF
Re: Maria Yudina. While hardly an expert on this eminent Russian pianist
(1899-1970), I've read much about her and have many of her recordings.
In
Post by Lenya Ryzhik
Post by PJF
my reading, so far, I have never seen a reference to her being of Jewish
heritage. As a matter of fact, as best I can tell, she was a devoted
Orthodox Christian. The article on her in Wikipedia has the following
"Maria Yudina was one of the few Soviet artists who openly opposed the
Communist regime, resulting in her being banned from teaching or performing
on stage on several occasions. She can also be considered one of the great
Christian thinkers of Russia in the twentieth century (among her friends was
the philosopher Pavel Florensky)."
On the otherhand, I find no reference to either Max Steiner or Jerry
Goldsmith. While both wrote movie scores, I think that as Jewish composers,
they deserve inclusion in this list.
BTW, I knew Mendelssohn was Jewish and so could never understand his writing
the Reformation Symphony. Thanks to your explanation, I do now!
Respectfully,
PJF
Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.
[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.
[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.
[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]
Austria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews
Musicians
*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist
Composers
*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer
British Classical Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers
Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director
Canadian Classical musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians
Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist
French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]
*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish father)
Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer
German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians
Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano
Hungarian Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians
Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist
Israeli Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures
Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - clarinetist
Israeli Classical Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_classical_composers
[I presume nearly all are Jewish. Brod is the only one whose name is
familiar to me, if he is indeed the biographer of Franz Kafka.]
Claude Abravanel (* 1924)
Daniel Akiva (* 1953)
Haim Alexander (* 1915)
Chaya Arbel (* 1921)
Menachem Avidom (1908 - 1995)
Eitan Avitsur (* 1941)
Tzvi Avni (* 1927)
Ayal Adler (* 1968)
Yedidiya Admon (1894 - 1982)
Gil Aldema (* 1928)
Neta Alony (* 1945)
Yardena Alotin (1930 - 1994)
Muni Amariglio (* 1932)
Israel Amidan (1921 - 1968)
Nahum Amir (* 1936)
Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (1909 - 1993)
Avraham Amzallag (* 1941)
Atar Arad (* 1945)
Alexander Argov (1914 - 1992)
Dan Aronowitz (1907 - 1981)
Oded Assaf (* 1947)
Gad Avrahami (* 1952)
Dina Avrech (* 1928)
Benjamin Bar-Am (* 1923)
Rami Bar-Niv (* 1945)
Josef Bardanashvili (* 1948)
Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984)
Ari Ben-Shabetai (* 1954)
Ofer Ben-Amotz (* 1955)
Asher Ben-Yohanan (* 1929)
Bernd Bergel (1909 - 1966)
Bart Berman (* 1938)
Gary Bertini (1927 - 2005)
Valentin Bibik (* 1940 - 2003)
Sarah Bien (* 1992)
Ze'ev Bitkin (* 1947)
Yohanan Boehm (1913 - 1986)
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (1907 - 1964)
John Bostock (* 1954)
Yehezkel Braun (* 1922)
Heskel Brisman (* 1923)
Uri Brener (* 1974)
*Max Brod (1884 - 1968)
Teodor Broder (* 1933)
Moshe Budmor (* 1923)
Mikail Burshtin (* 1943)
Dov Carmel (* 1932)
Gabriel Chmura (* 1946)
Shimon Cohen (* 1937)
Daniela Cohn-Levitas (* 1963)
Franz Crzellitzer (1905 - 1979)
Chaya Czernowin (* 1957)
Ram Da-Oz (* 1929)
Michael Damian (* 1954)
Ariel Davydov (* 1969)
Avner Dorman (* 1975)
Yitzhak Edel (1896 - 1973)
Israel Edelsohn (* 1951)
Gideon Efrati (* 1953)
Abel Ehrlich (1915 - 2003)
Dror Elimelech (* 1956)
Haim Elisha (* 1935)
Amos Elkana (* 1967)
Rivka Elkoshi (* 1949)
Juli Engel (1868-1927)
Itamar Erez (* 1965)
Mary Even-Or (1939 - 1989)
Sarah Feigin (* 1928)
Yerach Fischman (* 1956)
Tsippi Fleischer (* 1946)
Joan Franks-Williams (1930 - 2003)
Jan Freidlin (* 1944)
Daniel Galay (* 1945)
Rachel Galinne (* 1949)
Igor Galperin (* 1964)
Moshe Gassner (* 1929)
Nava Gefen (* 1941)
Artur Gelbrun (1913 - 1985)
Jacob Gilboa (* 1920)
Yehuda Leib Glantz (1898 - 1964)
Yitzhak Graziani (1924 - 2002)
Shlomo Gronich (* 1949)
Noa Guy (* 1949)
Aharon Harlap (* 1941)
Andre Hajdu (* 1932)
Ricardo Hagman (* 1954)
Smadar Handelsman (* 1954)
Robin Heifetz (* 1951)
Edit Heiman (* 1952)
Theodore Holdheim (1923 - 1985)
Gabriel Iranyi (* 1946)
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882 - 1938)
Hanoch Jacoby (1909 - 1990)
Hagar Kadima (* 1957)
Joseph Kaminski (1903 - 1972)
Reuven Kazhiloti (* 1948)
Avner Kenner (* 1952)
Moshe Kilon (* 1925)
Lev Kogan (* 1927)
Aviya Kopelman (* 1978)
Mark Kopytman (* 1929)
Naftaly Lahav (* 1952)
Yehoshua Lakner (1924 - 2003)
Marc Lavry (1903 - 1967)
Yinam Leef (* 1953)
Nizan Leibovich (* 1969)
Arye Levanon (* 1932)
Sarah Levi-Tanai (* 1911)
Leibo Levine (1914 - 1983)
Yehuda Levy (* 1939)
Moshe Lustig (1922 - 1958)
Edri Machat (1931 - 1989)
Alexander Manievitch (1908 - 1976)
Joseph Mar-Haim (* 1940)
Yoram Meyouhas (* 1967)
Ella Milch-Sheriff (* 1954)
Meir Mindel (* 1946)
Issachar Miron (* 1920)
Rita Monkovich (* 1954)
Zvi Nagan (1912 - 1986)
Benny Nagari (* 1950)
Lior Navok (* 1971)
Sergiu Natra (* 1924)
Menahem Nebenhaus (* 1960)
Betty Olivero (* 1954)
Ben-Zion Orgad (* 1926 - 2006)
David Ori (* 1934)
Yoram Paporisz (1944 - 1992)
Oedoen Partos (1907 - 1977)
Erel Paz (* 1974)
Joseph Peles (* 1950)
Haim Permont (* 1950)
Shabtai Petrushka (1903 - 1997)
Boris Pigovat (* 1953)
Sally Pinkas (* 1958)
Eliyahu Piris (* 1960)
Yuri Povolotsky (* 1962)
Jan Radzynski (* 1950)
Shulamit Ran (* 1949)
Israel Rashkovsky (* 1947)
Moshe Rasiuk (* 1954)
Mordechai Rechtman (* 1926)
Giora Rozen (* 1955)
Arie Rufeisen (* 1926)
Alexander Ryger (* 1909)
Mordecai Seter (1916 - 1994)
Yitzhak Sadai (* 1935)
Karel Salmon (1897 - 1974)
Daniel Sambursky (1909 - 1977)
Leon Schidlowsky (* 1931)
Giora Schuster (* 1915)
Dov Seltzer (* 1932)
Ruben Seroussi (* 1959)
Shimon Shachal (* 1934)
Lior Shambadal (* 1950)
Arie Shapira (* 1943)
Sergiu Shapira (* 1931)
Uri Sharvit (* 1939)
Miriam Shatal (* 1903)
Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)
Noam Sheriff (* 1935)
Vered Shilony (* 1948)
Verdina Shlonsky (1905 - 1990)
Sara Shoham (* 1946)
Gil Shohat (* 1973)
Yekutiel Shur (1918 - 1990)
Lotte Simon (* 1912)
Ra'anan Spiro (* 1964)
Eitan Steinberg (* 1955)
Haya Steinberg (* 1961)
Ze'ev Steinberg (* (1918)
Max Stern (* 1947)
Erich Walter Sternberg (1891 - 1974)
Joachim Stutschewsky (1891 - 1982)
Josef Tal (* 1910)
Yoav Talmi (* 1943)
Eli Tamar (* 1964)
Lazar Trachtenberg (* 1955)
Ovadia Tuvya (* 1920)
Boaz Tarsi (* 1960)
Levi Wachtel (1920- 1992)
Naphtali Wagner (* 1949)
Alex Wasserman (* 1963)
Ron Weidberg (* 1953)
Uzi Wiesel (* 1927)
Menachem Wiesenberg (* 1950)
Moshe Wilensky (1910 - 1997)
Yehuda Wohl (1904 - 1988)
Amnon Wolman (* 1955)
Michael Wolpe (* 1960)
Amnon Yadgarov
Yehuda Yannay (* 1937)
Shlomo Yoffe (1909 - 1995)
Dan Yuhas (* 1947)
Benjamin Yusupov (* 1962)
Emanuel Zamir (1925 - 1962)
David Zehavi (1910 - 1977)
Oded Zehavi (* 1961)
Mordechai Zeira (1905 - 1968)
Nadav Ziv (* 1950)
Yosef Zucker (* 1956)
Menachem Zur (* 1942)
Zvi Zori (* 1927)
Moshe Zorman (* 1952)
Polish Jewish Musicians and Comopsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Jews#Musicians
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
Leonard & Phil Chess, founders of Chess Records
Grzegorz Fitelberg, composer
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*Bronislav Gimpel, violinist
*Szymon Goldberg, violinist/conductor
*Ida Haendel, violinist
*Bronislaw Huberman, violinist
Jan Kiepura, singer (Jewish mother)
Leopold Kozlowski, composer, arranger, director, pianist (from the famous
Brandwein family)
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Jewish mother)
Szymon Laks, composer
Geddy Lee, vocalist in Rush
*René Leibowitz, composer
Jerzy Petersburski, composer, pianist (of Jewish ancestry)
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Henryk Szeryng, violinist
W?adys?aw Szpilman pianist, author of The Pianist memoir
*Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
*Carl Tausig, composer, pianist
Ignaz Tiegerman, pianist (Jewish father)
Ignatz Waghalter, composer
Henryk Wars, composer
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, composer
*Henryk Wieniawski, violinist, composer
Russian Jewish Musicians and Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_Jews#Musicians
Musicians
Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
*Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Simon Barere, pianist
*Rudolf Barshai, conductor
Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
*Yuri Bashmet, violist
*Lazar Berman, pianist
Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
*Shura Cherkassky, pianist
*Issay Dobrowen, pianist
Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
*Mischa Elman, violinist [I don't know what the Ukranians think about
being lumped in with the Russians. My long-time personal physician
didn't care.]
Mark Ermler, conductor
Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
*Samuil Feinberg, composer
*Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
Veniamin Fleishman, composer
Grigory Frid, songwriter
Artur Friedheim, composer
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Emil Gilels, pianist
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
Mark Gorenstein, conductor
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 Khaikin, conductor
*Evgeny Kissin, pianist
Alexander Knayfel, composer
*Leonid Kogan, violinist
Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
*Josef Lhévinne, pianist
Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
Arthur Lourié, composer
Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
Andrei Makarevich, singer/songwriter[citation needed]
Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, violinist
Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*David Oistrakh, violinist
* o Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
*Leo Ornstein, composer
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
Pokrass brothers, composers
Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
*Anton Rubinstein, pianist
* o Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
*Samuil Samosud, conductor
*Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
*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
*Maria Yudina, pianist
*Yakov Zak, pianist
American Classical Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Musicians
*Larry Adler, harmonica player
*Leopold Auer, violinist & conductor
Lera Auerbach, composer & pianist
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
*Joshua Bell (1967 - ) classical violinist
*Leonard Bernstein, conductor
*Leon Botstein, conductor, academic
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
*Bella Davidovich, pianist
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, conductor
Misha Dichter, pianist
Glenn Dicterow, violinist
*Antal Dorati, conductor (half Jewish)
Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichordist
*Mischa Elman (1891-1967) Ukrainian-born violinist
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
*Arthur Fiedler, conductor
*Leon Fleisher, pianist
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*George Gershwin, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Alexander Goldenweiser, pianist
*Richard Goode, pianist
*Gary Graffman, pianist
Jay Greenberg (1991 - ) child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard
School in 2002 and has composed numerous works
Matt Haimovitz, cellist
*Clara Haskil, pianist
*Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) violinist, widely regarded as the
greatest violinist of the 20th Century
*David Helfgott, pianist
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Ferdinand Hiller, pianist
*Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
*Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
*Eugene Istomin, pianist (Jewish mother)
*Byron Janis, pianist
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
*Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Oscar Levant, pianist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
James Levine, conductor
*Rosina Lhévinne, pianist
Benjamin Loeb, pianist, conductor, arranger (brother of
singer-songwriters,
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Debbie & Lisa Loeb)
*George London, baritone
Jerome Lowenthal, pianist
*Radu Lupu, pianist
*William Kapell, pianist
*Lorin Maazel, conductor
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; violinist and
educator
*Robert Merrill, baritone
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, cellist
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
*David Oppenheim, clarinetist
Daniel Oren, conductor
*Eugene ormandy, conductor
*Vladimir de Pachmann, pianist (half Jewish)
*Jan Peerce, tenor
*Murray Perahia, pianist
*Itzhak Perlman, violinist
Roberta Peters, soprano
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
*André Previn, conductor
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
*Leonard Rose, cellist
Joseph Rosenstock, conductor
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Andras Schiff, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
*Peter Serkin, pianist (Jewish father)
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
*Beverly Sills, soprano
*Leo Sirota, pianist
*Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alexander Smallens, conductor
*Solomon Cutner, pianist
*János Starker, cellist
*Isaac Stern, violinist
*Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
*George Szell, conductor
*Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
*Richard Tucker, tenor
*Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist
Bertram Turetzky, contrabassist
*Maxim Vengerov, violinist
*Bruno Walter, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist & conductor
*Efrem Zimbalist, violinist
*David Zinman, conductor
*Pinchas Zuckerman, violinist
American Jewish Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Composers
This is a list of famous Jewish American composers. For listings of famous
Jewish American songwriters, musicals writers, and film composers, see List
of Jewish American musicians, which shares some names with this list. For
other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.
Persons listed with a double asterisks (**) are winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for Music. Jewish composers constitute 20% of the award's recipients,
although Jewish Americans are less than 2% of the United States population.
This list includes both Jewish composers who were born and raised in the
United States and who were born in Europe or elsewhere and immigrated to and
settled in the United States.
Joseph Achron, composer
*Larry Adler, composer
Samuel Adler, composer
Milton Ager, composer
David Amram, composer
*Leopold Auer, composer
Lera Auerbach, composer
Aaron Avshalomov, composer
*Milton Babbitt, composer
Marion Bauer, composer
Arthur Berger, composer
Herman Berlinski, composer
Elmer Bernstein, composer
*Leonard Bernstein, composer
*Marc Blitzstein, composer
*Ernest Bloch, composer
*Aaron Copland, composer **
Nathan Currier, composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Richard Danielpour, composer
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
Mario Davidovsky, composer **
*David Diamond, composer
Deborah Drattell, composer
*Jacob Druckman, composer **
Abraham Ellstein, composer
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer
*Morton Feldman, composer
*Lukas Foss, composer
Rudolf Friml, composer
*George Gershwin, composer
Miriam Gideon, composer
*Philip Glass, composer
Ernest Gold, composer
*Rubin Goldmark, composer
Annie Gosfield, composer
Louis Gruenberg, composer
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer (Jewish father)
*Morton Gould, composer **
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Michael Isaacson, composer
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer **
*Leon Kirchner, composer **
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Oscar Levant, composer and pianist
Adam Levowitz, composer
Steve Margoshes, composer
Norman Martin, composer
Jerome Moross, composer
Alex North, composer
Alexander Olshanetsky, composer
*Leo Ornstein, composer
George Perle, composer
*Andre Previn, composer
Shulamit Ran, composer **
*Steve Reich, composer
*George Rochberg, composer
Laurence Rosenthal, composer
Joseph Rumshinsky, composer
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Ruth Schonthal, composer
*William Schuman, composer **
Allen Shawn, composer
*Nathaniel Shilkret, composer and conductor
Sheila Silver, composer
*Stephen Sondheim, composer**
Mischa Spoliansky, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer **
Stewart Wallace, composer
*Kurt Weill, composer
Jaromír Weinberger, composer
Hugo Weisgall, composer
Meredith Willson, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Yehudi Wyner, composer **
*Efrem Zimbalist, composer and violinist
John Zorn, composer and saxophonist
Lenya Ryzhik
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Thank you. Lenya. I appreciate your input. If you have time and can do so
conveniently, could you provide a cite on which you based your response? I'm
a devoted fan of Maria Yudina and would like to know more about her not only
as a brilliant musician but as a person.
Kindest regards,
PJF
She was born Jewish but converted to Christianity on May 2, 1919. I do not
know of any source for her biography on the web, there are several recent
books of her writings and letters in Russian which have some
(auto)biographic materials as well and where I looked up the date of
the conversion. I doubt that much of those materials available in
English except for very few translations which you may google up.
In any case in Russia/USSR once you are born Jewish the nationality record
in the identity card stays with you no matter what you convert to. This
may have changed recently, I do not know.

Lenya
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She was Jewish in origin, and/but converted to Russian Orthodox branch of
Christianity.
Lenya
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Re: Maria Yudina. While hardly an expert on this eminent Russian
pianist
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(1899-1970), I've read much about her and have many of her recordings.
In
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my reading, so far, I have never seen a reference to her being of Jewish
heritage. As a matter of fact, as best I can tell, she was a devoted
Orthodox Christian. The article on her in Wikipedia has the following
"Maria Yudina was one of the few Soviet artists who openly opposed the
Communist regime, resulting in her being banned from teaching or
performing
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on stage on several occasions. She can also be considered one of the
great
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Christian thinkers of Russia in the twentieth century (among her friends
was
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the philosopher Pavel Florensky)."
On the otherhand, I find no reference to either Max Steiner or Jerry
Goldsmith. While both wrote movie scores, I think that as Jewish
composers,
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they deserve inclusion in this list.
BTW, I knew Mendelssohn was Jewish and so could never understand his
writing
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the Reformation Symphony. Thanks to your explanation, I do now!
Respectfully,
PJF
Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.
[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.
[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.
[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]
Austria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews
Musicians
*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist
Composers
*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer
British Classical Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers
Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director
Canadian Classical musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians
Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist
French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]
*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish
father)
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Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer
German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians
Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano
Hungarian Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians
Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist
Israeli Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures
Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - clarinetist
Israeli Classical Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_classical_composers
[I presume nearly all are Jewish. Brod is the only one whose name is
familiar to me, if he is indeed the biographer of Franz Kafka.]
Claude Abravanel (* 1924)
Daniel Akiva (* 1953)
Haim Alexander (* 1915)
Chaya Arbel (* 1921)
Menachem Avidom (1908 - 1995)
Eitan Avitsur (* 1941)
Tzvi Avni (* 1927)
Ayal Adler (* 1968)
Yedidiya Admon (1894 - 1982)
Gil Aldema (* 1928)
Neta Alony (* 1945)
Yardena Alotin (1930 - 1994)
Muni Amariglio (* 1932)
Israel Amidan (1921 - 1968)
Nahum Amir (* 1936)
Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (1909 - 1993)
Avraham Amzallag (* 1941)
Atar Arad (* 1945)
Alexander Argov (1914 - 1992)
Dan Aronowitz (1907 - 1981)
Oded Assaf (* 1947)
Gad Avrahami (* 1952)
Dina Avrech (* 1928)
Benjamin Bar-Am (* 1923)
Rami Bar-Niv (* 1945)
Josef Bardanashvili (* 1948)
Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984)
Ari Ben-Shabetai (* 1954)
Ofer Ben-Amotz (* 1955)
Asher Ben-Yohanan (* 1929)
Bernd Bergel (1909 - 1966)
Bart Berman (* 1938)
Gary Bertini (1927 - 2005)
Valentin Bibik (* 1940 - 2003)
Sarah Bien (* 1992)
Ze'ev Bitkin (* 1947)
Yohanan Boehm (1913 - 1986)
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (1907 - 1964)
John Bostock (* 1954)
Yehezkel Braun (* 1922)
Heskel Brisman (* 1923)
Uri Brener (* 1974)
*Max Brod (1884 - 1968)
Teodor Broder (* 1933)
Moshe Budmor (* 1923)
Mikail Burshtin (* 1943)
Dov Carmel (* 1932)
Gabriel Chmura (* 1946)
Shimon Cohen (* 1937)
Daniela Cohn-Levitas (* 1963)
Franz Crzellitzer (1905 - 1979)
Chaya Czernowin (* 1957)
Ram Da-Oz (* 1929)
Michael Damian (* 1954)
Ariel Davydov (* 1969)
Avner Dorman (* 1975)
Yitzhak Edel (1896 - 1973)
Israel Edelsohn (* 1951)
Gideon Efrati (* 1953)
Abel Ehrlich (1915 - 2003)
Dror Elimelech (* 1956)
Haim Elisha (* 1935)
Amos Elkana (* 1967)
Rivka Elkoshi (* 1949)
Juli Engel (1868-1927)
Itamar Erez (* 1965)
Mary Even-Or (1939 - 1989)
Sarah Feigin (* 1928)
Yerach Fischman (* 1956)
Tsippi Fleischer (* 1946)
Joan Franks-Williams (1930 - 2003)
Jan Freidlin (* 1944)
Daniel Galay (* 1945)
Rachel Galinne (* 1949)
Igor Galperin (* 1964)
Moshe Gassner (* 1929)
Nava Gefen (* 1941)
Artur Gelbrun (1913 - 1985)
Jacob Gilboa (* 1920)
Yehuda Leib Glantz (1898 - 1964)
Yitzhak Graziani (1924 - 2002)
Shlomo Gronich (* 1949)
Noa Guy (* 1949)
Aharon Harlap (* 1941)
Andre Hajdu (* 1932)
Ricardo Hagman (* 1954)
Smadar Handelsman (* 1954)
Robin Heifetz (* 1951)
Edit Heiman (* 1952)
Theodore Holdheim (1923 - 1985)
Gabriel Iranyi (* 1946)
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882 - 1938)
Hanoch Jacoby (1909 - 1990)
Hagar Kadima (* 1957)
Joseph Kaminski (1903 - 1972)
Reuven Kazhiloti (* 1948)
Avner Kenner (* 1952)
Moshe Kilon (* 1925)
Lev Kogan (* 1927)
Aviya Kopelman (* 1978)
Mark Kopytman (* 1929)
Naftaly Lahav (* 1952)
Yehoshua Lakner (1924 - 2003)
Marc Lavry (1903 - 1967)
Yinam Leef (* 1953)
Nizan Leibovich (* 1969)
Arye Levanon (* 1932)
Sarah Levi-Tanai (* 1911)
Leibo Levine (1914 - 1983)
Yehuda Levy (* 1939)
Moshe Lustig (1922 - 1958)
Edri Machat (1931 - 1989)
Alexander Manievitch (1908 - 1976)
Joseph Mar-Haim (* 1940)
Yoram Meyouhas (* 1967)
Ella Milch-Sheriff (* 1954)
Meir Mindel (* 1946)
Issachar Miron (* 1920)
Rita Monkovich (* 1954)
Zvi Nagan (1912 - 1986)
Benny Nagari (* 1950)
Lior Navok (* 1971)
Sergiu Natra (* 1924)
Menahem Nebenhaus (* 1960)
Betty Olivero (* 1954)
Ben-Zion Orgad (* 1926 - 2006)
David Ori (* 1934)
Yoram Paporisz (1944 - 1992)
Oedoen Partos (1907 - 1977)
Erel Paz (* 1974)
Joseph Peles (* 1950)
Haim Permont (* 1950)
Shabtai Petrushka (1903 - 1997)
Boris Pigovat (* 1953)
Sally Pinkas (* 1958)
Eliyahu Piris (* 1960)
Yuri Povolotsky (* 1962)
Jan Radzynski (* 1950)
Shulamit Ran (* 1949)
Israel Rashkovsky (* 1947)
Moshe Rasiuk (* 1954)
Mordechai Rechtman (* 1926)
Giora Rozen (* 1955)
Arie Rufeisen (* 1926)
Alexander Ryger (* 1909)
Mordecai Seter (1916 - 1994)
Yitzhak Sadai (* 1935)
Karel Salmon (1897 - 1974)
Daniel Sambursky (1909 - 1977)
Leon Schidlowsky (* 1931)
Giora Schuster (* 1915)
Dov Seltzer (* 1932)
Ruben Seroussi (* 1959)
Shimon Shachal (* 1934)
Lior Shambadal (* 1950)
Arie Shapira (* 1943)
Sergiu Shapira (* 1931)
Uri Sharvit (* 1939)
Miriam Shatal (* 1903)
Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)
Noam Sheriff (* 1935)
Vered Shilony (* 1948)
Verdina Shlonsky (1905 - 1990)
Sara Shoham (* 1946)
Gil Shohat (* 1973)
Yekutiel Shur (1918 - 1990)
Lotte Simon (* 1912)
Ra'anan Spiro (* 1964)
Eitan Steinberg (* 1955)
Haya Steinberg (* 1961)
Ze'ev Steinberg (* (1918)
Max Stern (* 1947)
Erich Walter Sternberg (1891 - 1974)
Joachim Stutschewsky (1891 - 1982)
Josef Tal (* 1910)
Yoav Talmi (* 1943)
Eli Tamar (* 1964)
Lazar Trachtenberg (* 1955)
Ovadia Tuvya (* 1920)
Boaz Tarsi (* 1960)
Levi Wachtel (1920- 1992)
Naphtali Wagner (* 1949)
Alex Wasserman (* 1963)
Ron Weidberg (* 1953)
Uzi Wiesel (* 1927)
Menachem Wiesenberg (* 1950)
Moshe Wilensky (1910 - 1997)
Yehuda Wohl (1904 - 1988)
Amnon Wolman (* 1955)
Michael Wolpe (* 1960)
Amnon Yadgarov
Yehuda Yannay (* 1937)
Shlomo Yoffe (1909 - 1995)
Dan Yuhas (* 1947)
Benjamin Yusupov (* 1962)
Emanuel Zamir (1925 - 1962)
David Zehavi (1910 - 1977)
Oded Zehavi (* 1961)
Mordechai Zeira (1905 - 1968)
Nadav Ziv (* 1950)
Yosef Zucker (* 1956)
Menachem Zur (* 1942)
Zvi Zori (* 1927)
Moshe Zorman (* 1952)
Polish Jewish Musicians and Comopsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Jews#Musicians
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
Leonard & Phil Chess, founders of Chess Records
Grzegorz Fitelberg, composer
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*Bronislav Gimpel, violinist
*Szymon Goldberg, violinist/conductor
*Ida Haendel, violinist
*Bronislaw Huberman, violinist
Jan Kiepura, singer (Jewish mother)
Leopold Kozlowski, composer, arranger, director, pianist (from the
famous
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Brandwein family)
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Jewish mother)
Szymon Laks, composer
Geddy Lee, vocalist in Rush
*René Leibowitz, composer
Jerzy Petersburski, composer, pianist (of Jewish ancestry)
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Henryk Szeryng, violinist
W?adys?aw Szpilman pianist, author of The Pianist memoir
*Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
*Carl Tausig, composer, pianist
Ignaz Tiegerman, pianist (Jewish father)
Ignatz Waghalter, composer
Henryk Wars, composer
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, composer
*Henryk Wieniawski, violinist, composer
Russian Jewish Musicians and Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_Jews#Musicians
Musicians
Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
*Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Simon Barere, pianist
*Rudolf Barshai, conductor
Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
*Yuri Bashmet, violist
*Lazar Berman, pianist
Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
*Shura Cherkassky, pianist
*Issay Dobrowen, pianist
Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
*Mischa Elman, violinist [I don't know what the Ukranians think about
being lumped in with the Russians. My long-time personal physician
didn't care.]
Mark Ermler, conductor
Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
*Samuil Feinberg, composer
*Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
Veniamin Fleishman, composer
Grigory Frid, songwriter
Artur Friedheim, composer
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Emil Gilels, pianist
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
Mark Gorenstein, conductor
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 Khaikin, conductor
*Evgeny Kissin, pianist
Alexander Knayfel, composer
*Leonid Kogan, violinist
Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
*Josef Lhévinne, pianist
Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
Arthur Lourié, composer
Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
Andrei Makarevich, singer/songwriter[citation needed]
Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, violinist
Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*David Oistrakh, violinist
* o Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
*Leo Ornstein, composer
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
Pokrass brothers, composers
Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
*Anton Rubinstein, pianist
* o Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
*Samuil Samosud, conductor
*Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
*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
*Maria Yudina, pianist
*Yakov Zak, pianist
American Classical Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Musicians
*Larry Adler, harmonica player
*Leopold Auer, violinist & conductor
Lera Auerbach, composer & pianist
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
*Joshua Bell (1967 - ) classical violinist
*Leonard Bernstein, conductor
*Leon Botstein, conductor, academic
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
*Bella Davidovich, pianist
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, conductor
Misha Dichter, pianist
Glenn Dicterow, violinist
*Antal Dorati, conductor (half Jewish)
Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichordist
*Mischa Elman (1891-1967) Ukrainian-born violinist
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
*Arthur Fiedler, conductor
*Leon Fleisher, pianist
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*George Gershwin, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Alexander Goldenweiser, pianist
*Richard Goode, pianist
*Gary Graffman, pianist
Jay Greenberg (1991 - ) child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard
School in 2002 and has composed numerous works
Matt Haimovitz, cellist
*Clara Haskil, pianist
*Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) violinist, widely regarded as the
greatest violinist of the 20th Century
*David Helfgott, pianist
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Ferdinand Hiller, pianist
*Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
*Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
*Eugene Istomin, pianist (Jewish mother)
*Byron Janis, pianist
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
*Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Oscar Levant, pianist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
James Levine, conductor
*Rosina Lhévinne, pianist
Benjamin Loeb, pianist, conductor, arranger (brother of
singer-songwriters,
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Debbie & Lisa Loeb)
*George London, baritone
Jerome Lowenthal, pianist
*Radu Lupu, pianist
*William Kapell, pianist
*Lorin Maazel, conductor
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; violinist and
educator
*Robert Merrill, baritone
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, cellist
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
*David Oppenheim, clarinetist
Daniel Oren, conductor
*Eugene ormandy, conductor
*Vladimir de Pachmann, pianist (half Jewish)
*Jan Peerce, tenor
*Murray Perahia, pianist
*Itzhak Perlman, violinist
Roberta Peters, soprano
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
*André Previn, conductor
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
*Leonard Rose, cellist
Joseph Rosenstock, conductor
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Andras Schiff, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
*Peter Serkin, pianist (Jewish father)
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
*Beverly Sills, soprano
*Leo Sirota, pianist
*Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alexander Smallens, conductor
*Solomon Cutner, pianist
*János Starker, cellist
*Isaac Stern, violinist
*Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
*George Szell, conductor
*Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
*Richard Tucker, tenor
*Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist
Bertram Turetzky, contrabassist
*Maxim Vengerov, violinist
*Bruno Walter, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist & conductor
*Efrem Zimbalist, violinist
*David Zinman, conductor
*Pinchas Zuckerman, violinist
American Jewish Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Composers
This is a list of famous Jewish American composers. For listings of
famous
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Jewish American songwriters, musicals writers, and film composers, see
List
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of Jewish American musicians, which shares some names with this list.
For
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other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.
Persons listed with a double asterisks (**) are winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for Music. Jewish composers constitute 20% of the award's
recipients,
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although Jewish Americans are less than 2% of the United States
population.
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This list includes both Jewish composers who were born and raised in the
United States and who were born in Europe or elsewhere and immigrated to
and
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settled in the United States.
Joseph Achron, composer
*Larry Adler, composer
Samuel Adler, composer
Milton Ager, composer
David Amram, composer
*Leopold Auer, composer
Lera Auerbach, composer
Aaron Avshalomov, composer
*Milton Babbitt, composer
Marion Bauer, composer
Arthur Berger, composer
Herman Berlinski, composer
Elmer Bernstein, composer
*Leonard Bernstein, composer
*Marc Blitzstein, composer
*Ernest Bloch, composer
*Aaron Copland, composer **
Nathan Currier, composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Richard Danielpour, composer
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
Mario Davidovsky, composer **
*David Diamond, composer
Deborah Drattell, composer
*Jacob Druckman, composer **
Abraham Ellstein, composer
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer
*Morton Feldman, composer
*Lukas Foss, composer
Rudolf Friml, composer
*George Gershwin, composer
Miriam Gideon, composer
*Philip Glass, composer
Ernest Gold, composer
*Rubin Goldmark, composer
Annie Gosfield, composer
Louis Gruenberg, composer
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer (Jewish father)
*Morton Gould, composer **
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Michael Isaacson, composer
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer **
*Leon Kirchner, composer **
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Oscar Levant, composer and pianist
Adam Levowitz, composer
Steve Margoshes, composer
Norman Martin, composer
Jerome Moross, composer
Alex North, composer
Alexander Olshanetsky, composer
*Leo Ornstein, composer
George Perle, composer
*Andre Previn, composer
Shulamit Ran, composer **
*Steve Reich, composer
*George Rochberg, composer
Laurence Rosenthal, composer
Joseph Rumshinsky, composer
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Ruth Schonthal, composer
*William Schuman, composer **
Allen Shawn, composer
*Nathaniel Shilkret, composer and conductor
Sheila Silver, composer
*Stephen Sondheim, composer**
Mischa Spoliansky, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer **
Stewart Wallace, composer
*Kurt Weill, composer
Jaromír Weinberger, composer
Hugo Weisgall, composer
Meredith Willson, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Yehudi Wyner, composer **
*Efrem Zimbalist, composer and violinist
John Zorn, composer and saxophonist
PJF
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Again, thanks for your response. Based on what you've been able to tell me,
I think Maria Yudina's heritage is pretty well documented. You've been very
kind.

PJF
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Thank you. Lenya. I appreciate your input. If you have time and can do so
conveniently, could you provide a cite on which you based your response? I'm
a devoted fan of Maria Yudina and would like to know more about her not only
as a brilliant musician but as a person.
Kindest regards,
PJF
She was born Jewish but converted to Christianity on May 2, 1919. I do not
know of any source for her biography on the web, there are several recent
books of her writings and letters in Russian which have some
(auto)biographic materials as well and where I looked up the date of
the conversion. I doubt that much of those materials available in
English except for very few translations which you may google up.
In any case in Russia/USSR once you are born Jewish the nationality record
in the identity card stays with you no matter what you convert to. This
may have changed recently, I do not know.
Lenya
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She was Jewish in origin, and/but converted to Russian Orthodox branch of
Christianity.
Lenya
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Re: Maria Yudina. While hardly an expert on this eminent Russian
pianist
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(1899-1970), I've read much about her and have many of her recordings.
In
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my reading, so far, I have never seen a reference to her being of Jewish
heritage. As a matter of fact, as best I can tell, she was a devoted
Orthodox Christian. The article on her in Wikipedia has the following
"Maria Yudina was one of the few Soviet artists who openly opposed the
Communist regime, resulting in her being banned from teaching or
performing
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on stage on several occasions. She can also be considered one of the
great
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Christian thinkers of Russia in the twentieth century (among her friends
was
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the philosopher Pavel Florensky)."
On the otherhand, I find no reference to either Max Steiner or Jerry
Goldsmith. While both wrote movie scores, I think that as Jewish
composers,
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they deserve inclusion in this list.
BTW, I knew Mendelssohn was Jewish and so could never understand his
writing
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the Reformation Symphony. Thanks to your explanation, I do now!
Respectfully,
PJF
Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
from various Wikipedia articles
[I have removed most of those I am pretty sure are non-classical. I
mark with an asterisk those whose names are familiar to me, but
remember that I listen mostly to historical performances. I think
Ravel and Saint-Saens had Jewish mothers, though neither of them
considered themsevles Jewish. Among those who were not raised as Jews
was Mendelssohn. Several converted to other religions, including
Mahler, Klemperer (who converted back to Judaism), ormandy, and most
American conductors before Bernstein. Szigeti never referred to
himself as Jewish in his autobiography and for many others, such as
Kreisler, Judaism played only the smallest role in their lives.
[Let me know which ones I can safely remove from this list and give me
some additions. I have several lists of my own and may some day put
them together.
[For example, there's a book the Socialists in Germany put out
sometime between 1933 and 1945 that lists Jewish musicians that I have
[Stengel, Theophil, 1905-, Lexikon der Juden in der musik, mit einem
titelverzeichnis jüdischer werke. (Berlin, B. Hahnefeld [1943], 404
col. 21 cm., ML102.J4 S8 1943.
[also such works as the Encylopedia Judaica, Famous Musicians of a
Wandering Race, and Great Jews in Music.]
Austria
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Austrian_Jews
Musicians
*Kurt Adler, conductor
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
*Emanuel Feuermann, cellist
*Felix Galimir, violinist
*Heinrich Grünfeld, cellist
*Alfred Grünfeld, pianist
*Hans Keller, musicologist
Julius Korngold, music critic
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Josef Krips, conductor (Jewish father)
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Erica Morini, violinist
*David Popper, cellist
*Julius Rudel, conductor
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
Fritz Spiegl, broadcaster
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
Salomon Sulzer, cantor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (Jewish father)
*Georg Tintner, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, pianist
Composers
*Guido Adler, musicologist (born in Bohemia)
Max Brand, pioneer of electronic music
Edmund Eysler, composer
Leo Fall, composer
Wilhelm Grosz, composer
Walter Jurmann, popular composer
*Erich Wolfgang Korngold, film composer (born in Bohemia)
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Gustav Mahler, composer (born in Bohemia)
*Ignaz Moscheles, composer and pianist
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Robert Starer, composer
*Oscar Straus, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer
*Viktor Ullmann, composer and pianist
Erich Zeisl, composer
*Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer
British Classical Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_Jewish_entertainers
Maria Bland, singer
*Norbert Brainin, violinist
Giacobbe Cervetto, cellist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
Frederic Hymen Cowen, composer
*Solomon Cutner, known as Solomon, pianist
*Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (convert to Judaism)
Gerald Finzi, composer
Benjamin Frankel, composer
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Steven Isserlis, cellist
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; conductor &
violinist (UK-based)
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
Yfrah Neaman, violinist & teacher
Michael Nyman, composer
*Murray Perahia, pianist (UK-based)
*Landon Ronald, conductor & composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*Walter Susskind (1913-1980), conductor
*Richard Tauber, singer and composer (naturalised British citizen,
1940)
*Lionel Tertis, violist
Egon Wellesz, composer
Benjamin Zander, music director
Canadian Classical musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canadian_Jews#Musicians
Harry Adaskin, violinist
Murray Adaskin, violinist & composer
Louis Applebaum, composer
Henry Brant, composer
Alexander Brott, composer, violinist & conductor
Victor Feldbrill, conductor
*Maureen Forrester, opera singer
Harry Freedman, composer
Srul Irving Glick, composer
Nicholas Goldschmidt, conductor (Jewish father)
Leo Grinhauz, cellist
Luis Grinhauz, violinist
Ofra Harnoy, cellist
David L. Kaplan, professor and conductor
*George London, operatic baritone
Berta Rosenohl, pianist
Howard Shore, film composer
Victoria Taranova, opera singer
John Weinzweig, composer
Maurice Zbriger, violinist
French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]
*Charles-Valentin Alkan, composer & pianist
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish
father)
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Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, musical writers
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Jacques Canetti, music producer (brother of writer Elias Canetti)
Corynne Charby[citation needed], singer
Philippe Cohen Solal, member of Gotan Project
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Natalie Dessay, soprano (converted to Judaism)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
*Paul Dukas, composer
Michel Emer, composer
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
Laïka Fatien, jazz singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
David Guetta , Dj (Jewish father)
*Fromental Halévy, composer
Ludovic Halévy, librettist
Raphaël Haroche, musician
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
*René Leibowitz, composer
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
*Darius Milhaud, composer
Mireille, singer, composer
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
*Jacques Offenbach, composer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
Emil Waldteufel, composer
Félix Alphonse Weingaertner, composer [He is not the famous
conductor.]
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer
German Jewish Musicians, Composers, and Musiciologists
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_German_Jews#Musicians
Samuel Adler, composer
Haim Alexander, composer
Tzvi Avni, composer
Paul Ben-Haim, composer
Julius Benedict, composer (Jewish father)
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
*Walter Goehr, conductor
*Berthold Goldschmidt, composer
*Bernard Greenhouse, cellist
*George Henschel, singer & conductor
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
André Herzberg, musician (Pankow (German band))
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Salomon Jadassohn, composer
Leon Jessel, composer
Robert Kahn, composer
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
Robert Lachmann, musicologist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
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
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)
*Kurt Weill, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Hilde Zadek, soprano
Hungarian Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Hungarian_Jews#Musicians
Paul Abraham, composer
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Caroline von Gomperz-Bettelheim, singer
*Leopold Auer, conductor, violinist
Gábor Darvas, composer
*Antal Dorati, conductor (Jewish mother)
*Adam Fischer, conductor
*Annie Fischer, pianist
Ivan Fischer, conductor
*Carl Flesch, violinist
*Karl Goldmark, composer
Stephen Heller, composer
*Joseph Joachim, violinist
Emmerich Kálmán, composer
*Istvan Kertesz, conductor
Joseph Kosma, composer
*Lili Kraus, pianist
György Kurtág, composer
Yehoshua Lakner, Israeli composer
*György Ligeti, composer
*Eugene ormandy, conductor, violinist
Ödön Pártos, violist, composer
Tommy Ramone, drummer
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
Eduard Remenyi, violinist
Sigmund Romberg, composer
Vera Rozsa, singer, singing educator, vocal consultant
Márk Rózsavölgyi, composer, originator of csardas
*András Schiff, pianist
*Friedrich Schorr, bass-baritone
Matyas Seiber, composer
*Sir Georg Solti, conductor
*János Starker, cellist
*George Szell, conductor
*Joseph Szigeti, violinist
Israeli Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israelis#Cultural_figures
Yariv Aloni - violist and conductor
Moshe Atzmon - conductor
Adi Bar - Pianist
*Daniel Barenboim - conductor and pianist
Paul Ben-Haim - composer
Bart Berman - pianist
Gary Bertini - conductor
*Yefim Bronfman - pianist
Michael Croitoru-Weissman - cellist
Avner Dorman - composer
Dror Elimelech - composer
Dan Ettinger - conductor
Giora Feidman - clarinetist
*Miriam Fried - violinist
*Ivry Gitlis - violinist
Matt Haimovitz - cellist
Aaron Harlap - composer and conductor
Ofra Harnoy - cellist
*Eliahu Inbal - conductor
Joseph Kalichstein - pianist
Amir Katz - pianist
Richard Lesser - clarinetist
Yoel Levi - conductor
Mischa Maisky - cellist
*Shlomo Mintz - violinist
*Itzhak Perlman - violinist
Rony Rogoff - violinist and conductor
Shulamit Ran - composer
*Gil Shaham - violinist
Hagai Shaham - violinist
Noam Sheriff - composer
Gil Shohat - composer
Mordechai Seter - composer
Michael Shani - conductor
Ilan Schul - clarinetist
Josef Tal - composer
Yoav Talmi - conductor
Arie Vardi - pianist
*Pinchas Zukerman - violinist
Sharon Kam - clarinetist
Israeli Classical Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_classical_composers
[I presume nearly all are Jewish. Brod is the only one whose name is
familiar to me, if he is indeed the biographer of Franz Kafka.]
Claude Abravanel (* 1924)
Daniel Akiva (* 1953)
Haim Alexander (* 1915)
Chaya Arbel (* 1921)
Menachem Avidom (1908 - 1995)
Eitan Avitsur (* 1941)
Tzvi Avni (* 1927)
Ayal Adler (* 1968)
Yedidiya Admon (1894 - 1982)
Gil Aldema (* 1928)
Neta Alony (* 1945)
Yardena Alotin (1930 - 1994)
Muni Amariglio (* 1932)
Israel Amidan (1921 - 1968)
Nahum Amir (* 1936)
Emanuel Amiran-Pougatchov (1909 - 1993)
Avraham Amzallag (* 1941)
Atar Arad (* 1945)
Alexander Argov (1914 - 1992)
Dan Aronowitz (1907 - 1981)
Oded Assaf (* 1947)
Gad Avrahami (* 1952)
Dina Avrech (* 1928)
Benjamin Bar-Am (* 1923)
Rami Bar-Niv (* 1945)
Josef Bardanashvili (* 1948)
Paul Ben-Haim (1897 - 1984)
Ari Ben-Shabetai (* 1954)
Ofer Ben-Amotz (* 1955)
Asher Ben-Yohanan (* 1929)
Bernd Bergel (1909 - 1966)
Bart Berman (* 1938)
Gary Bertini (1927 - 2005)
Valentin Bibik (* 1940 - 2003)
Sarah Bien (* 1992)
Ze'ev Bitkin (* 1947)
Yohanan Boehm (1913 - 1986)
Alexander Uriyah Boskovich (1907 - 1964)
John Bostock (* 1954)
Yehezkel Braun (* 1922)
Heskel Brisman (* 1923)
Uri Brener (* 1974)
*Max Brod (1884 - 1968)
Teodor Broder (* 1933)
Moshe Budmor (* 1923)
Mikail Burshtin (* 1943)
Dov Carmel (* 1932)
Gabriel Chmura (* 1946)
Shimon Cohen (* 1937)
Daniela Cohn-Levitas (* 1963)
Franz Crzellitzer (1905 - 1979)
Chaya Czernowin (* 1957)
Ram Da-Oz (* 1929)
Michael Damian (* 1954)
Ariel Davydov (* 1969)
Avner Dorman (* 1975)
Yitzhak Edel (1896 - 1973)
Israel Edelsohn (* 1951)
Gideon Efrati (* 1953)
Abel Ehrlich (1915 - 2003)
Dror Elimelech (* 1956)
Haim Elisha (* 1935)
Amos Elkana (* 1967)
Rivka Elkoshi (* 1949)
Juli Engel (1868-1927)
Itamar Erez (* 1965)
Mary Even-Or (1939 - 1989)
Sarah Feigin (* 1928)
Yerach Fischman (* 1956)
Tsippi Fleischer (* 1946)
Joan Franks-Williams (1930 - 2003)
Jan Freidlin (* 1944)
Daniel Galay (* 1945)
Rachel Galinne (* 1949)
Igor Galperin (* 1964)
Moshe Gassner (* 1929)
Nava Gefen (* 1941)
Artur Gelbrun (1913 - 1985)
Jacob Gilboa (* 1920)
Yehuda Leib Glantz (1898 - 1964)
Yitzhak Graziani (1924 - 2002)
Shlomo Gronich (* 1949)
Noa Guy (* 1949)
Aharon Harlap (* 1941)
Andre Hajdu (* 1932)
Ricardo Hagman (* 1954)
Smadar Handelsman (* 1954)
Robin Heifetz (* 1951)
Edit Heiman (* 1952)
Theodore Holdheim (1923 - 1985)
Gabriel Iranyi (* 1946)
Abraham Zevi Idelsohn (1882 - 1938)
Hanoch Jacoby (1909 - 1990)
Hagar Kadima (* 1957)
Joseph Kaminski (1903 - 1972)
Reuven Kazhiloti (* 1948)
Avner Kenner (* 1952)
Moshe Kilon (* 1925)
Lev Kogan (* 1927)
Aviya Kopelman (* 1978)
Mark Kopytman (* 1929)
Naftaly Lahav (* 1952)
Yehoshua Lakner (1924 - 2003)
Marc Lavry (1903 - 1967)
Yinam Leef (* 1953)
Nizan Leibovich (* 1969)
Arye Levanon (* 1932)
Sarah Levi-Tanai (* 1911)
Leibo Levine (1914 - 1983)
Yehuda Levy (* 1939)
Moshe Lustig (1922 - 1958)
Edri Machat (1931 - 1989)
Alexander Manievitch (1908 - 1976)
Joseph Mar-Haim (* 1940)
Yoram Meyouhas (* 1967)
Ella Milch-Sheriff (* 1954)
Meir Mindel (* 1946)
Issachar Miron (* 1920)
Rita Monkovich (* 1954)
Zvi Nagan (1912 - 1986)
Benny Nagari (* 1950)
Lior Navok (* 1971)
Sergiu Natra (* 1924)
Menahem Nebenhaus (* 1960)
Betty Olivero (* 1954)
Ben-Zion Orgad (* 1926 - 2006)
David Ori (* 1934)
Yoram Paporisz (1944 - 1992)
Oedoen Partos (1907 - 1977)
Erel Paz (* 1974)
Joseph Peles (* 1950)
Haim Permont (* 1950)
Shabtai Petrushka (1903 - 1997)
Boris Pigovat (* 1953)
Sally Pinkas (* 1958)
Eliyahu Piris (* 1960)
Yuri Povolotsky (* 1962)
Jan Radzynski (* 1950)
Shulamit Ran (* 1949)
Israel Rashkovsky (* 1947)
Moshe Rasiuk (* 1954)
Mordechai Rechtman (* 1926)
Giora Rozen (* 1955)
Arie Rufeisen (* 1926)
Alexander Ryger (* 1909)
Mordecai Seter (1916 - 1994)
Yitzhak Sadai (* 1935)
Karel Salmon (1897 - 1974)
Daniel Sambursky (1909 - 1977)
Leon Schidlowsky (* 1931)
Giora Schuster (* 1915)
Dov Seltzer (* 1932)
Ruben Seroussi (* 1959)
Shimon Shachal (* 1934)
Lior Shambadal (* 1950)
Arie Shapira (* 1943)
Sergiu Shapira (* 1931)
Uri Sharvit (* 1939)
Miriam Shatal (* 1903)
Naomi Shemer (1930 - 2004)
Noam Sheriff (* 1935)
Vered Shilony (* 1948)
Verdina Shlonsky (1905 - 1990)
Sara Shoham (* 1946)
Gil Shohat (* 1973)
Yekutiel Shur (1918 - 1990)
Lotte Simon (* 1912)
Ra'anan Spiro (* 1964)
Eitan Steinberg (* 1955)
Haya Steinberg (* 1961)
Ze'ev Steinberg (* (1918)
Max Stern (* 1947)
Erich Walter Sternberg (1891 - 1974)
Joachim Stutschewsky (1891 - 1982)
Josef Tal (* 1910)
Yoav Talmi (* 1943)
Eli Tamar (* 1964)
Lazar Trachtenberg (* 1955)
Ovadia Tuvya (* 1920)
Boaz Tarsi (* 1960)
Levi Wachtel (1920- 1992)
Naphtali Wagner (* 1949)
Alex Wasserman (* 1963)
Ron Weidberg (* 1953)
Uzi Wiesel (* 1927)
Menachem Wiesenberg (* 1950)
Moshe Wilensky (1910 - 1997)
Yehuda Wohl (1904 - 1988)
Amnon Wolman (* 1955)
Michael Wolpe (* 1960)
Amnon Yadgarov
Yehuda Yannay (* 1937)
Shlomo Yoffe (1909 - 1995)
Dan Yuhas (* 1947)
Benjamin Yusupov (* 1962)
Emanuel Zamir (1925 - 1962)
David Zehavi (1910 - 1977)
Oded Zehavi (* 1961)
Mordechai Zeira (1905 - 1968)
Nadav Ziv (* 1950)
Yosef Zucker (* 1956)
Menachem Zur (* 1942)
Zvi Zori (* 1927)
Moshe Zorman (* 1952)
Polish Jewish Musicians and Comopsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Polish_Jews#Musicians
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
Leonard & Phil Chess, founders of Chess Records
Grzegorz Fitelberg, composer
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*Bronislav Gimpel, violinist
*Szymon Goldberg, violinist/conductor
*Ida Haendel, violinist
*Bronislaw Huberman, violinist
Jan Kiepura, singer (Jewish mother)
Leopold Kozlowski, composer, arranger, director, pianist (from the
famous
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Brandwein family)
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Jewish mother)
Szymon Laks, composer
Geddy Lee, vocalist in Rush
*René Leibowitz, composer
Jerzy Petersburski, composer, pianist (of Jewish ancestry)
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Henryk Szeryng, violinist
W?adys?aw Szpilman pianist, author of The Pianist memoir
*Alexandre Tansman, composer, pianist
*Carl Tausig, composer, pianist
Ignaz Tiegerman, pianist (Jewish father)
Ignatz Waghalter, composer
Henryk Wars, composer
Mieczyslaw Weinberg, composer
*Henryk Wieniawski, violinist, composer
Russian Jewish Musicians and Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_Jews#Musicians
Musicians
Lera Auerbach, composer/pianist
*Vladimir Ashkenazi, pianist (Jewish father)
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Simon Barere, pianist
*Rudolf Barshai, conductor
Dimitri Bashkirow, pianist
*Yuri Bashmet, violist
*Lazar Berman, pianist
Matvei Blanter, composer, Katyusha
Felix Blumenfeld, pianist
*Shura Cherkassky, pianist
*Issay Dobrowen, pianist
Isaak Dunayevsky, composer
*Mischa Elman, violinist [I don't know what the Ukranians think about
being lumped in with the Russians. My long-time personal physician
didn't care.]
Mark Ermler, conductor
Anthony Fedorov, singer, American Idol finalist
*Samuil Feinberg, composer
*Vladimir Feltsman, pianist
Veniamin Fleishman, composer
Grigory Frid, songwriter
Artur Friedheim, composer
Kirill Gerstein, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Emil Gilels, pianist
Grigory Ginsburg, pianist
Grigory Ginzburg, conductor
Mark Gorenstein, conductor
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 Khaikin, conductor
*Evgeny Kissin, pianist
Alexander Knayfel, composer
*Leonid Kogan, violinist
Mikhail Kopelman, violinist
Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
*Josef Lhévinne, pianist
Alexander Lokshin, composer (Jewish father)
Arthur Lourié, composer
Oleg Maisenberg, pianist
Andrei Makarevich, singer/songwriter[citation needed]
Samuel Maykapar, composer/pianist
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, violinist
Boris Moiseev, dancer, showmaker
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*David Oistrakh, violinist
* o Igor Oistrakh, violinist (Jewish father)
*Leo Ornstein, composer
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
Pokrass brothers, composers
Alexander Rosenbaum, singer/songwriter
*Anton Rubinstein, pianist
* o Nikolai Rubinstein, pianist/composer
*Samuil Samosud, conductor
*Alfred Schnittke, composer (Jewish father)
*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
*Maria Yudina, pianist
*Yakov Zak, pianist
American Classical Jewish Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Musicians
*Larry Adler, harmonica player
*Leopold Auer, violinist & conductor
Lera Auerbach, composer & pianist
*Emanuel Ax, pianist
*Joshua Bell (1967 - ) classical violinist
*Leonard Bernstein, conductor
*Leon Botstein, conductor, academic
*Yefim Bronfman, pianist
*Harriet Cohen, pianist
*Bella Davidovich, pianist
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, conductor
Misha Dichter, pianist
Glenn Dicterow, violinist
*Antal Dorati, conductor (half Jewish)
Huguette Dreyfus, harpsichordist
*Mischa Elman (1891-1967) Ukrainian-born violinist
Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, pianist
*Arthur Fiedler, conductor
*Leon Fleisher, pianist
*Ignaz Friedman, pianist
*George Gershwin, pianist
*Josef Gingold (1909-1995) violinist
*Alexander Goldenweiser, pianist
*Richard Goode, pianist
*Gary Graffman, pianist
Jay Greenberg (1991 - ) child prodigy composer who entered the Juilliard
School in 2002 and has composed numerous works
Matt Haimovitz, cellist
*Clara Haskil, pianist
*Jascha Heifetz (1901 - 1987) violinist, widely regarded as the
greatest violinist of the 20th Century
*David Helfgott, pianist
*Alfred Hertz, conductor
*Myra Hess, pianist
Ferdinand Hiller, pianist
*Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
*Mieczyslaw Horszowski, pianist
*Eugene Istomin, pianist (Jewish mother)
*Byron Janis, pianist
*Otto Klemperer, conductor
*Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist
*Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
*Oscar Levant, pianist
*Hermann Levi, conductor
James Levine, conductor
*Rosina Lhévinne, pianist
Benjamin Loeb, pianist, conductor, arranger (brother of
singer-songwriters,
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Debbie & Lisa Loeb)
*George London, baritone
Jerome Lowenthal, pianist
*Radu Lupu, pianist
*William Kapell, pianist
*Lorin Maazel, conductor
*Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon; violinist and
educator
*Robert Merrill, baritone
*Nathan Milstein, violinist
*Shlomo Mintz, cellist
*Benno Moiseiwitsch, pianist
*Pierre Monteux, conductor
*David Oppenheim, clarinetist
Daniel Oren, conductor
*Eugene ormandy, conductor
*Vladimir de Pachmann, pianist (half Jewish)
*Jan Peerce, tenor
*Murray Perahia, pianist
*Itzhak Perlman, violinist
Roberta Peters, soprano
*Gregor Piatigorsky, cellist
*André Previn, conductor
*Fritz Reiner, conductor
*Leonard Rose, cellist
Joseph Rosenstock, conductor
*Moriz Rosenthal, pianist
*Arthur Rubinstein, pianist
*Andras Schiff, pianist
*Artur Schnabel, pianist
*Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
*Peter Serkin, pianist (Jewish father)
*Rudolf Serkin, pianist
*Beverly Sills, soprano
*Leo Sirota, pianist
*Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Alexander Smallens, conductor
*Solomon Cutner, pianist
*János Starker, cellist
*Isaac Stern, violinist
*Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
*Fritz Stiedry, conductor
*George Szell, conductor
*Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
*Richard Tucker, tenor
*Rosalyn Tureck, harpsichordist
Bertram Turetzky, contrabassist
*Maxim Vengerov, violinist
*Bruno Walter, conductor
*Paul Wittgenstein, pianist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist & conductor
*Efrem Zimbalist, violinist
*David Zinman, conductor
*Pinchas Zuckerman, violinist
American Jewish Composers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_American_Composers
This is a list of famous Jewish American composers. For listings of
famous
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Jewish American songwriters, musicals writers, and film composers, see
List
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of Jewish American musicians, which shares some names with this list.
For
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other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans.
Persons listed with a double asterisks (**) are winners of the Pulitzer
Prize for Music. Jewish composers constitute 20% of the award's
recipients,
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although Jewish Americans are less than 2% of the United States
population.
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This list includes both Jewish composers who were born and raised in the
United States and who were born in Europe or elsewhere and immigrated to
and
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settled in the United States.
Joseph Achron, composer
*Larry Adler, composer
Samuel Adler, composer
Milton Ager, composer
David Amram, composer
*Leopold Auer, composer
Lera Auerbach, composer
Aaron Avshalomov, composer
*Milton Babbitt, composer
Marion Bauer, composer
Arthur Berger, composer
Herman Berlinski, composer
Elmer Bernstein, composer
*Leonard Bernstein, composer
*Marc Blitzstein, composer
*Ernest Bloch, composer
*Aaron Copland, composer **
Nathan Currier, composer
Sebastian Currier, composer
Richard Danielpour, composer
*Walter Johannes Damrosch, composer
Mario Davidovsky, composer **
*David Diamond, composer
Deborah Drattell, composer
*Jacob Druckman, composer **
Abraham Ellstein, composer
Stephen Feigenbaum, composer
*Morton Feldman, composer
*Lukas Foss, composer
Rudolf Friml, composer
*George Gershwin, composer
Miriam Gideon, composer
*Philip Glass, composer
Ernest Gold, composer
*Rubin Goldmark, composer
Annie Gosfield, composer
Louis Gruenberg, composer
*Louis Moreau Gottschalk, composer (Jewish father)
*Morton Gould, composer **
Friedrich Holländer, composer
Michael Isaacson, composer
Aaron Jay Kernis, composer **
*Leon Kirchner, composer **
*Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) violinist and composer
*Oscar Levant, composer and pianist
Adam Levowitz, composer
Steve Margoshes, composer
Norman Martin, composer
Jerome Moross, composer
Alex North, composer
Alexander Olshanetsky, composer
*Leo Ornstein, composer
George Perle, composer
*Andre Previn, composer
Shulamit Ran, composer **
*Steve Reich, composer
*George Rochberg, composer
Laurence Rosenthal, composer
Joseph Rumshinsky, composer
*Arnold Schoenberg, composer
Ruth Schonthal, composer
*William Schuman, composer **
Allen Shawn, composer
*Nathaniel Shilkret, composer and conductor
Sheila Silver, composer
*Stephen Sondheim, composer**
Mischa Spoliansky, composer
*Ernst Toch, composer **
Stewart Wallace, composer
*Kurt Weill, composer
Jaromír Weinberger, composer
Hugo Weisgall, composer
Meredith Willson, composer
*Stefan Wolpe, composer
Yehudi Wyner, composer **
*Efrem Zimbalist, composer and violinist
John Zorn, composer and saxophonist
Alan Cooper
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BTW, I knew Mendelssohn was Jewish and so could never understand his
writing the Reformation Symphony. Thanks to your explanation, I do
now!
Felix Mendelssohn, like his siblings, was baptized by his parents in the Lutheran church.
The parents themselves formally converted to Lutheranism when Felix was a youngster. I
suppose that one might see Felix's retention of the Mendelssohn name (as opposed to his
parents' adopted Bartholdy) as significant, but he was Jewish only by descent, not in fact.

AC
sechumlib
2007-02-11 13:45:45 UTC
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I suppose that one might see Felix's retention of the Mendelssohn name
(as opposed to his parents' adopted Bartholdy) as significant, but he
was Jewish only by descent, not in fact.
Actually, I believe he often used the hyphenated name, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
Norman M. Schwartz
2007-02-11 15:16:08 UTC
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I suppose that one might see Felix's retention of the Mendelssohn name
(as opposed to his parents' adopted Bartholdy) as significant, but he was
Jewish only by descent, not in fact.
Children don't always see life as do their parents. Perhaps he in fact
considered himself Jewish, as would have the Third Reich.
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Actually, I believe he often used the hyphenated name,
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.
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French Musicians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_Jews#Musicians
[I removed ones identified as non-classical but many remain.]
Richard Anthony[citation needed], singer
Barbara, singer
Michel Berger[citation needed], singer, composer
Gérard Berliner, singer
Dimitri Bodianski[citation needed], (Indochine), musician (Jewish father)
Mike Brant, singer
Dany Brillant, singer
Joe Dassin, singer (Jewish father)
Sacha Distel, singer (Jewish mother)
Jean Ferrat, composer, singer
Serge Gainsbourg, singer-songwrite
Jean-Jacques Goldman, singer and songwriter
Richard Gotainer[citation needed], singer
Michel Jonasz, singer
Jacques Lanzmann, lyricist; brother of Claude Lanzmann
Francis Lemarque, singer
Enrico Macias, singer
Didier Marouani[citation needed], composer
Mireille, singer, composer
Georges Moustaki, composer, singer
Michel Polnareff, singer, musician (Jewish father)
Régine, Belgian-born singer
Catherine Ringer, singer, actress (Jewish father)
Sapho, singer
Nicola Sirkis[citation needed], (Indochine), singer (Jewish father)
Rika Zaraï, Israeli-born singer
The above are all pop, a lot of it really crappy pop to boot.

jyh.
Gabriel Parra
2007-02-13 14:24:33 UTC
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Jewish Classical Musicians and Composers
Great, and why would you, a fucking Nazi, want to compile such a list?
Does it have something to do with phrenology? Or just with the fact
that you are a scrotum hickey? Go fuck yourself, asshole.
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