Mark “Stempenyuk” Kovnatskiy (D, violin)
Mark Kovnatskiy is a widely traveled and highly acclaimed violinist, composer, lecturer and expert in Yiddish dances based in Hamburg, Germany. He is at the head of a generation that has saved the sensitive playing style of the old klezmorim for the present and developed it further. He has performed and taught at many music festivals around the world from USA and Canada to Japan.
In addition to his projects such as the „Di Yiddish Neshome“,“Semer Ensemble“, „Engel Ensemble", „Torah Images“, „Hamburg Klezmer Band“, "Joel Rubin Ensemble“ and „Silja“ Mark has performed as a guest musician with „Socalled“, „Dobranotch“, „Efim Chorny“, „Painted Bird" and „Forshpil", among others. Mark has worked with orchestras such as the Musica Viva (RU), Augsburger Philharmoniker (GER), Aurora Orchestra (UK), INSO Lviv (UA), Weimar Staatskapelle (GER) and Kölner Akademie (GER), as well as the choir „Schola Cantorum Weimar" (GER).
His own compositions are performed by various musical projects (both klezmer and classical) around the world, including musicians of the San Francisco Symphony (USA).
Photo: Shendl Copitman
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