Cantor Netanel Herstik sat down for a tell all interview with the popular website Kikar Shabbat about his cantorial career and answered who he thinks is the best Chazan in our generation.
When asked who he thinks is the best Chazan of this generation, he answers: My Father (Cantor Naftali Herstik)..On a serious note, every cantor or artist has his specialty. If you were to ask who is the most popular cantor, then the clear answer would be Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.
“During the Republican primaries, Jeb Bush came to our Shul (Hamptons Synagogue) on a Shabbos morning. During the singing of Adon Olam, he got so excited that he gave me a high-five…” a special moment that Herstik will not forget.
Born in 1978, Netanel’s musical talent soon became apparent through his regular appearances as a child soloist in the Jerusalem Great Synagogue with his father, Naftali Hershtik. At the age of seven, he sang with this father in Australia, and throughout America and Europe.
His musical education includes graduation from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, as well as training under Cantor Chayim Feifel, Raymond Goldstein and other renowned cantors and musicians.
His concert appearances, both in Israel and worldwide, include performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as well as with the world’s leading choirs. Netanel has performed in the world’s most acclaimed concert halls such as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, The Vienna Konzerthaus, The Sydney Opera House and Casino de Paris.
Netanel was the first cantor invited to perform a cantorial concert at the Berlin Philharmonic concert hall and Kennedy Center, Wshington DC. Netanel was also the first cantor to be invited to perform at the U.N. in a Holocaust remembrance ceremony in 2006.