He played the cello in the String Quartet of the Warsaw Conservatoire. In a competition of String Quartets, which took place in Warsaw, his Jewish quartet won the first prize. He also played in the Chamber Orchestra conducted by the young master Ber Bagon.
During the war he fled to Russia where he perished.
Szymon Bakman appeared in concerts in capital towns of Europe and finally settled in Zurich' where he was the leading player in the Philharmonic Orchestra. From time to time he used to arrive to Warsaw and played there in the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chaim was the only survivor of the Beigelman family. After ghetto Lodz he was in various German Concentration Camps and in the end was liberated in the small town of Kamm in Bavaria, where he founded an orchestra name The Happy Boys, who served the American Forces in Germany. With this orchestra he also played before the Displaces Persons Camps in Germany. Later on he immigrated to the United States and he settled there.
He perished during the Nazi German occupation in one of the Actions (Akcja).
Edited by Ada Holtzman Zimra Zeligfeld (? 1942) folk singer, interpreter of Yiddish songs. She was born in the little town of Staszow and was the oldest daughter of a poor heder teacher ("melamed"). Since childhood has she shown a musical gift and was blessed with a beautiful soprano voice.
When the family moved to Warsaw, new opportunities were open for the young Zimra. She joined the M. Shneur's folk choir. The conductor took interest in the gifted singer and promoted her to a soloist. And when Menachem Kipnis left the Opera, he found in Zimra a partner who joined him in popularizing Yiddish folksongs in Poland.
Zimra Zeligfeld sang with ease, and her lyric soprano resonated pleasantly. She never sang out of her register, and various melismatas and embellishments she did softly and calmly. Her interpretation was thought through and well prepared and she has never acted on her whim. After Zimra married M. Kipnis, the couple Kipnis-Zeligfeld became the most popular singing duet in the Yiddish artistic and musical world. With their numerous concerts in little towns and cities they revealed to the Amcha" (the common folk) Jew the sounding world of the musical creativity and for the sophisticated intellectual listener the originality of the Yiddish melodies.
Even in Warsaw ghetto Zimra Zeligfeld took part in concerts ventured by the Jewish Organization. In one of the actions she was captured by the Nazis and sent to Treblinka, where she was murdered.
Back in the US, Berta and Nahum with the help of YIVO found memoirs about Menachem and his own books and articles, published in Haynt, and were able to enjoy his wit and knowledge of Yiddish music.
A violinist, theater conductor. He was born on 1902 in the town of Łódź. He was a descendent of a musician family. In his childhood he studiedto play the violin and started also to play in an orchestra. He was connected to the Yiddish theater in Łódź. For many years later he became the conductor of various Jewish theaters' ensembles. In the last years before WWII he lived in Baranavichy where he conducted the municipal orchestra. He also managed schools orchestras. He was murdered by the Nazis.
A cellist. He was born and grew up in Łódź. In his childhood he excelled by his musical talents. In the age of 15 he graduated the Warsaw Conservatoire playing the cello. He was the pupil of Prof. Zink.
Professor Zink was playing in the Opera's orchestra. Once when he was sick, he sent instead of him his pupil Mieczysław Messing. Messing played then the role of a solo viola. It was in the opera Straszny dwór (The Haunted Manor) written by Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872). The conductor Jakob Hirszfeld was deeply impressed by Messing music and became his closest friend. Zdzisław Birnbaum, the conductor of the Warsaw Philharmonic, was interested in the young musician and directed him to continue his studies in Berlin, where he lived in the house of Birenbaum's mother.
From the year of 1925 and on he lived in Berlin from where he used to go on tours to various European countries, including cities in Poland. He used to travel with his brother, the violinist Henryk and his sister Felicja, to play chamber music. In the Thirties he moved to Argentina, where he managed very rich musical activity. He died young.
A pianist. She was born and grew up in Łódź. She was the young sister of Henryk. She studied to play the piano in the Warsaw Conservatoire by Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński. She worked in the Polish Broadcast Orchestra as a violinist and an accompanist. In the years when Arnold Szyfman was the theatre director, she was responsible on the music part of the Polski Theatre.
During the German occupation she was very active in the ghetto artistic life. She was murdered in one of the Actions.
A violinist and conductor of jazz orchestra. He was born and grew up in Warsaw. Already as a child he used to sing, while the family trio Henryk, Felicja and Mieczysław was playing. He accompanied them with his beautiful alt voice.
He studied in the Warsaw Conservatoire; His professor for violin was Prof. Józef Jarzembski and Prof. Grzegorz Fitelberg for conducting the orchestra. He completed his studies being the pupil of Prof. Walerian Bierdiajew.
He started his career as a player in the Yiddish Theatre of Warsaw, under the conductors: Icchak Szlosberg, Szmuel Wajnberg and Wyciek Rotsztajn. Finally he left the theatre and turned to Jazz music.
Roman Messing is considered one of the pioneer musicians of Jazz music in Poland. He was very dynamic person, entrepreneur, full of resourcefulness. In Warsaw he directed a very popular group and was in charge of the radio orchestra in Katowice.
By the outburst of World War II he escaped to Białystok and during a few years he was active in various groups. Fore sometime he worked in Russia with Adi Rozner.
Roman Messing arrived to Eretz Israel with the Andres Army. He worked in the I.D.F. radio Galei Tzahal and edited the broadcasting of light music. In the past years he is the director of the cultural committee of ZOA, Beit Zionei America in Tel Aviv.
In the tears of 1913-1914 he played in the opera of Kalisz and while the philharmonic orchestra of Łódż was established, he was among its first members. For a certain period he played with the philharmonic orchestra of Warsaw but in the year of 1922 he returned to Łódż and played with the philharmonic orchestra there until 1938. He arrived to Eretz Israel, following the invitation of Bronislaw Huberman, and was among the first players of the Israeli philharmonic orchestra, where he played until 1961.
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