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Azi Schwartz

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Azi Schwartz is a world-renowned cantor and recording artist of Jewish liturgical music and secular and interfaith Hebrew Music. Since 2009, he has served as a cantor at Park Avenue Synagogue, the largest Conservative community in New York City, and is currently the Senior Cantor.[1]. Schwartz has debuted over nine studio albums, three of which are solo recordings, and include classical and contemporary, Hebrew and non-Hebrew music[2].

Early life and Education[edit]

Schwartz was born and raised in a traditional community in Israel. He was inspired from an early age to pursue singing by his grandfather, himself also a cantor. He later studied classical music at The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance and the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, from which he graduated with his bachelors [3]. He then earned his masters in Classical Singing and Conducting from the Mannes School of Music. [4].

Schwartz is also a graduate of the Har Etzion Hesder Yeshiva where he completed his military service as a soloist in the Israeli Defense Forces Rabbinical Troupe [5].

Career[edit]

Before arriving at the Park Avenue Synagogue, Schwartz served as the Cantor of the Palm Beach Synagogue in Florida, Cantor of Heichal Meir Synagogue in Tel Aviv and Assistant Cantor of the Great Synagogue (Jerusalem) [6].

Schwartz has performed in front of both Jewish and interfaith audiences at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Madison Square Garden, and the United States Capitol rotunda [7].

His musical work also has a large following on youtube where he has amassed almost 3 million views on his channel.

In addition to performing in concerts and interfaith missions across the globe, Schwartz serves on faculty of all major cantorial schools, including Hebrew Union College and The Jewish Theological Seminary. Schwartz also serves as the treasurer for the Cantors Assembly, the largest professional organization for cantors [8].

Israeli Knesset[edit]

Schwartz was the first cantor in history to perform in an Israeli Knesset proceeding when the legislative body commemorated the sixty years since the liberation of Auschwitz [9].

Performance for Pope Francis’s US Visit[edit]

In October 2015, Schwartz represented the Jewish people at a multi-religious service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. At the service and in front of Pope Francis, who was there for his visit to the US, Schwartz performed “El Malei Rachamim” and “Oseh Shalom” in honor of first responders who perished in the 9/11 attacks. In attendance as well were other New York religious leaders of Islamic, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox and Sikh background [10][11].

Prayer For Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting[edit]

In October of 2018, the [Tree of Life - L'Simcha Congregation], was the target of the [Pittsburgh synagogue shooting]. The following Friday Lester Holt, host of NBC's Nightly News, invited Cantor Azi Schwartz to recite the [Kaddish]. TI was unusual for the broadcast, which occured only hours after the last of the 11 victims had been put to rest, but it had been inspired by the [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]'s Jewish Mourner's prayer front page headline, which had been printed in the [Hebrew language]. [12]

The New York Cantors PBS Special[edit]

In 2008 and ten years later in 2018, Schwartz performed along with fellow renowned cantors, Netanel Herstik and Yaakov Lemmer, for a PBS Special tilted “The New York Cantors.” Both specials alone were broadcasted to millions of people in the US and Europe [13][14].

Norman[edit]

In 2016, Schwartz starred in Richard Gere's movie Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer where he played the cantor [15][16]

Personal Life[edit]

Schwartz is married to Dr. Noa Schwartz and together they have four children.

Discography[edit]

  • Yihyu L'ratzon (2011)
  • Ahavat Olam - Jewish Romantic Music (2012)
  • Ki Eshmerah Shabbat- A Family Siddur (2012)
  • Shir Hadash (2013)
  • Hadesh Yameinu, New Music At Park Avenue Synagogue (2014)
  • Mizmor Shir: New Music At Park Avenue Synagogue (2015)
  • L'dor Vador (2016)
  • Moments of Awe | Music of the High Holidays (2017)
  • Heritage, Treasures of Jewish-German Composers (2018)

References[edit]

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  2. ""Azi Schwartz." 15 Countries Improving Religious Freedom". parliamentofreligions.org. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
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  4. Park Avenue Synagogue. (2018). Cantors - Azi Schwartz. Retrieved July 6, 2018
  5. Central Synagogue. (2013). Shabbat: Cantor Azi Schwartz. Retrieved July 6, 2018,
  6. CD Baby Music Store. (2018). Cantor Azi Schwartz - Biography. Retrieved July 6, 2018
  7. Park Avenue Synagogue. [1]. Retrieved March 4, 2019
  8. Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. (2018). [2]. Retrieved March 4, 2019
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  10. Mort, J. (2015, September 26) At interfaith ceremony in NYC, pope shows religion's power to unite. Retrieved July 6, 2018
  11. "New York, NY - Local Chazan Shares Thoughts Of 9/11 Memorial Service With Pope Francis". www.vosizneias.com. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  12. Jewish Telegraphic Agency. (2018). [3]. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  13. Schwartz, A. (2018). About - Cantor Azi Schwartz. Retrieved July 6, 2018
  14. goldenland. "The New York Cantors | goldenland". goldenland.com. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  15. IMDB (2018). Norman (2016). Retrieved July 6, 2018
  16. "Join Cantor Schwartz to See his Movie Debut! | Park Avenue Synagogue". pasyn.org. Retrieved 2018-09-24.

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