Azi Schwartz

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Azi Schwartz (Hebrew: עזי שוורץ) is a chazzan (cantor), vocal performer, and recording artist. Born in Israel, he lives in New York City, where he serves as the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue..[1].

Education[edit]

Before his musical career, Cantor Schwartz graduated from the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva[2]. Cantor Schwartz studied at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance before getting his undergraduate degree in Teaching Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Studies from the Herzog College. He received his master's degree in Voice in Conducting from Mannes School of Music at The New School. Cantor Schwartz received his cantorial training at Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute[3], where he studied under Cantor Neftali Hershtik.

Professional Accomplishments[edit]

Cantor Azi Schwartz has performed at Madison Square Garden, the United Nations, and on Capitol Hill[4]. Cantor Schwartz was featured as a part of a trio on a PBS special titled “Cantors of New York”[5][6]. Cantor Schwartz performed a prayer for the Pope Francis's visit to Ground Zero in 2015[7]. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, including a duet with world renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee[8]. His videos are popular on Youtube, with over 13 million views[9]. During the 2020 pandemic, he led services for Park Avenue Synagogue livestream online, which attracted thousands of viewers[10]

Style[edit]

Cantor Azi Schwartz is known for mixing Jewish ritual music with contemporary melodies, with an intent of bringing new life to the tradition of Jewish liturgical music. He often will perform traditional prayers to contemporary melodies, including performing "Adon Olam" to the tune of "You'll be Back" from Hamilton[11], Ose Shalom to the tune of “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradly Cooper[12], and Adon Olam” to the tune of “For Forever” from Dear Evan Hansen[13]

Personal Life[edit]

Cantor Azi Schwartz grew up in the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut near Jerusalem and studied in the city’s Netiv Meir Yeshiva[14]. He was inspired to become a cantor through his grandfather, who was a cantor in Hungary. He enjoys riding motorcycles as a hobby. He is married with four children[15].


Discography[16][edit]

  • Be The Light
  • Siddur for Young Families
  • Havdalah: Live from Jerusalem
  • Heritage: Treasures of Jewish German Composers
  • Moments of Awe: Music of the High Holy Days
  • L’dor Vador
  • Yihyu L’ratzon
  • Mizmor Shir
  • Hadesh Yameinu: New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue
  • Shi Hadash: New Music at Park Avenue Synagogue
  • Ahavat Olam: Jewish Romantic Music
  • Ki Eshmerah Shabbat - Volume 1: Shabbat Morning
  • Mahzor for Young Families: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
  • Youth Machzor 2018
  • Siddur for Youth

References[edit]

  1. "Azi Schwartz". Park Avenue Synagogue. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  2. "Officers and Staff". Cantors Assembly. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  3. "Feeling the full dimensions of prayer". jewishchronicle.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  4. Handwerker, Haim (18 October 2021). "The Ex-settler, Harley-riding Cantor Who's Gracing Park Avenue". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  5. Press Release: "THE NEW YORK CANTORS Premieres March 2018 on PBS". PBS
  6. Leichman, Abigail Klein. "'New York Cantors'". jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  7. "The Pope and the Cantor at Ground Zero". WOSU News. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  8. Azi Schwartz and Lawrence Brownlee at Carnegie Hall, retrieved 2021-07-06
  9. "Azi Schwartz - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  10. Oleisky, Jonathan; Partner, Jmore Managing (2021-06-25). "Park Avenue Synagogue Offers Virtual Prototype for Shuls". JMORE. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  11. "Adon Olam to the tune of Hamilton song". jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  12. Ose Shalom - Shallow, retrieved 2021-07-06
  13. "Adon Olam" sung to the tune of "For Forever" from Dear Evan Hansen, retrieved 2021-07-06
  14. Handwerker, Haim (18 October 2021). "The Ex-settler, Harley-riding Cantor Who's Gracing Park Avenue". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  15. Handwerker, Haim (18 October 2021). "The Ex-settler, Harley-riding Cantor Who's Gracing Park Avenue". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  16. "Music by Cantor Azi Schwartz". Cantor Azi Schwartz. Retrieved 2021-07-06.


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