In a 2020 documentary about Jewish culture in Germany, Volker Insel from MDR (Central German Broadcasting) described the annual concert of the Klezmerorchester Erfurt as “one of the most beautiful moments of Jewish culture in Erfurt”.
In 2015 the violinist Johannes Paul Gräßer and the accordionist Szilvia Csaranko founded the Klezmerorchester Erfurt. Both are experienced klezmer and folk musicians who have worked extensively with Yiddish music and culture and combine their wide knowledge and experience from their own musical projects. Since its formation, the Klezmerorchester Erfurt has brought together amateur and professional musicians from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland and connected people of different generations, origins and musical backgrounds. Take a look at our picture galeries to get some impressions…
The Klezmerorchester Erfurt appears for the first time in March as part of the ‘Long Night of Klezmer’ in Erfurt with 50 participants.
More than 60 musicians from Erfurt as well as guests from all over Germany create a unique program that brings traditional klezmer music to the stage in orchestral form. | Pictures
The Klezmerorchester presents its new program as part of the Kirchentag in the Lutherkirche Erfurt, supported by the singer and cantor Jalda Rebling and other guest musicians. | Pictures
In the spring the orchestra goes on tour and plays consecutive concerts in the Reglerkirche Erfurt and in the Peterskirche, Leipzig at the ‘First Night of Klezmer Leipzig’. | Pictures
Together with the singer Fabian Schnedler, the Klezmerorchester Erfurt performs yet another new and unique concert programme. | Pictures
The orchestra is working on its new program, both in live rehearsals, with distance, and for the first time digitally. The concert and trip to Moldova have been postponed. | Video
Since a real concert is still not possible, the Klezmerorchester captures its Dave Tarras program in a video recording at Zughafen Erfurt. | Pictures
The Klezmerorchester explores the historical material found in Klezmer Institute’s Kiselgof-Makonovetsky Digital Manuscript Project. | Video and Pictures
Director, Violin/Conductor, Erfurt
Artistic Director/Arranger, Accordion/Piano, Hannover
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