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Meir Finkelstein

Meir FinkelsteinMEIR FINKELSTEIN (1951 – ), born in Israel, emigrated with his family to England when he was 4 years old, after his father, Cantor Zvi Finkelstein, accepted a position at one of London’s premier congregations. At 14, Finkelstein became the youngest cantor in Europe, taking his first professional post at the synagogue in Glasgow, Scotland. Five years later he moved back to London, where he assumed the cantor’s post of the prestigious Golders Green Synagogue. While there, he studied at the Royal College of Music and graduated with honors, receiving his ARCM diploma in singing, piano and composition.

In 1974 he emigrated to the United States, and in 1978 he moved to Los Angeles, where he served as cantor at Sinai Temple in Westwood for 18 years. During this time, he composed more than 100 works for the synagogue and also composed for television. In 1995, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, he premiered his symphonic/choral work Liberation, composed to commemorate the liberation of the concentration camps during the Holocaust. Finkelstein also is known for his musical score to Steven Spielberg’s television documentary Survivors of the Shoah.

He currently serves as cantor of Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, Texas.


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