Giora Feidman (Saxophone)|
Giora Feidman (born March 26, 1936) is a noted Argentinian klezmer music folklorist, clarinetist and saxophonist.
Feidman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where his Bessarabian parents immigrated to escape persecution. Feidman comes from a family of klezmer musicians. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather made music for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and holiday celebrations in the shtetls of Eastern Europe.
He began his career in Buenos Aires as a member of the prestigious Teatro Colón Symphony Orchestra. After two years he migrated to Israel to become the youngest clarinetist ever to play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. In the early 1970s he migrated to the USA, settling in New York where he began his solo career.
He has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, the Polish Chamber Philarmonic, the Munich Chamber Philarmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Having been invited by director Steven Spielberg, he played the clarinet solos for the soundtrack of the film Schindler's List, which won seven Academy Awards.
An accomplished and versatile musician, besides Kletzmer Feidman plays Tango, Jazz, and Classical music and often blends the four currents together into unique pieces. Feidman has collaborated and recorded with many musicians, including Ariel Ramirez, poet/composer Ora Bat Chaim, organist Matthias Eisenberg, and the Moroccan Ali Hafid.
Feidman also plays the bass clarinet.