Efim Chorny (MD; singer, songwriter)

was born into a Jewish family of singers in Chisinau, Moldova. Efim is active as a teacher and has composed numerous Yiddish songs that have been performed and recorded by prominent musicians, including Adrienne Cooper, Shura Lipovsky, Daniel Kahn, Andrea Pancur, Lorin Sklamberg, and Lucette van den Berg.

His archival research has been the basis for several unique projects, including a collection of Yiddish songs from the Gimpel Theatre in Lviv (1889 -1939), Hasidic bilingual songs (in Polish/Yiddish and Ukrainian/Yiddish) of the late 19th to early 20th centuries, and musical settings of Yiddish translations of poems by 20th-century Russian poets.

Together with Suzanna Ghergus, Efim is a winner of the Bubbe Award (Sao Paulo, Brazil) for the Best Yiddish Song nomination and a recipient of the Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Award.

Photo: Rüdiger Barz

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