Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
P. was born on 16 March 1897
in Zhivatov, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.
His father was a [likhttsier].
At the age of thirteen he
became an orphan and went away with his grandfather to
Kiev, where he learned in a Beit HaMedrash, on Vadianka
and Bakumt "Lektsiys" on piano with the children of his
He [Shabtim davnt] as the
cantor's children in the Beit HaMedrash.
At the age of seventeen he
became a pianist in a cinema and for two years studied
in a music school.
After giving his first
concert in the school, he was engaged as a chorus singer in
the Russian "Intimen teater", where he sang for six
months there and was invited by the conductor Vinokur to
the Yiddish theatre.
There he performed for two
seasons as a soloist in the chorus and was also in
episodic roles. So that he could .... his mother, he
became a chorus singer in a school.
He was excluded [oysgeshlosen
derfar] from singer-unions, and he left for Kiev,
were he went around as a singer of Yiddish folk
songs and [davnt] after three years as the chief
in the school chorus in Peterburg. Invited to a
Chicago concert office, P. came in 1928 to the
United States, where he traveled around as a cantor and concert
singer, visiting over time Europe, Eretz Yisrael,
and also Central and South America.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 3, page 1760.
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