Misha Alexandrovitch Live Concert: Hateh

Cantor Misha Alexandrovitch sings Hateh (I. Schorr) at a Maariv concert with Cantor Sholom Katz.

Mikhail Alexandrovitch was born on the 23 of July 1914, in the village of BÄ“rzpils, Vitebsk Governorate (now part of Balvi Municipality, Latvia). From 1920-1926, aged six to twelve, he gained popularity as a child prodigy. He studied at and graduated from the Riga Conservatory.

In the 1930s for a long time he was a cantor at synagogues in Riga, Manchester (1934-1937) and Kaunas (1937-1940). Since the Soviet occupation of Latvia in 1940 onward he was a concert and chamber music singer in the USSR. For his concert performances he was awarded the honorary title of Meritorious Artist of the RSFSR (1947) and the Stalin Prize (1948).

However, since 1961 an official restriction was placed on his solo concerts. He emigrated to live in Israel from 1971 to 1974, then to the United States from 1975 to 1990, and from 1990 until his death he lived in Germany.


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