Biography

Greek-born tenor, Alberto Mizrahi, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Jewish music, is Hazzan of the historic Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago. He has thrilled audiences worldwide in recitals, symphony concerts, and opera.   His repertoire, spanning nine languages, makes his performances unique in the field.

He is featured on PBS television in CANTORS: a faith in song, and the PBS Hanukkah Special with Craig Taubman.  He has performed and recorded with the legendary jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck and his quartet (“Gates of Justice”) for the Milken Archive on the Naxos label, and with the great Theodore Bikel (“Our Song”) for Opus Magica.  He has also performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Israel, including the Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Haifa, Jerusalem, Barcelona, NDR-Hanover, Lithuanian National, Radio Television of Spain, Krakow, Warsaw and others.

Hazzan Mizrahi recently performed in front of two U.S. Presidents; G. W. Bush, at the White House Hanukkah celebration and Barack Obama, at the U. S. Capitol for Days of Remembrance. He also premiered and recorded “Kadysz” for its composer/conductor, Krzysztof Penderecki in Poland.

The 2010/2011season found him at the Quebec Sacred Music Festival with his band, ZAHAV; as soloist in Lodz, Warsaw and Krakow Poland; as cantor for the ACDA Convention Friday night services in Chicago; and with the Saffron Caravan Ensemble in Chicago and the Kennedy Center DC; among many other concert appearances.

Highlights of his 2011/12 performances have included a debut appearance with Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra narrating the Schoenberg “Kol Nidre;” a return to Poland to perform with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Maestro Wit for two performances of Penderecki’s “Kadysz;” as well as collaborating with Roosevelt University at the Harris Theater in Thomas Beveridge’s “Yizkor Requiem” with the CCPA Orchestra and Chorus.

Hazzan Mizrahi is an officer of the Cantors Assembly, on the Board of the Zamir Choral Foundation, Advisory Board of Genesis at the Crossroads and on the faculty of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School-J.T.S., N.Y.

Mizrahi’s extensive discography numbers over 25 CDs including six for the Milken Archive on Naxos; plus FESTIVAL DELIGHTS; THE HIGH HOLY DAYS (with Schola Hebraeica); BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD Iⅈ YIZKOR with the Afro-Semitic Experience; BIKEL & MIZRAHI: our song; ALBERTO MIZRAHI: My Song; ALBERTO MIZRAHI AT MENUHIN HALL;

He lives in Chicago with his wife, Deborah. Their daughter, Belina, received her MFA from Yale and lives in Philadelphia.

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