According to Jacob P. Adler
in his memoirs, K. was born in Shpole, Ukraine, and was
"a madim" for singing "Yiddish shtik." A Russian
minister had at one time heard him sing, and he had him,
on his account, send him to study in a conservatory. In
the beginning he only was a chorister in the Russian
Imperial Opera, then a soloist.
Adler recalls in his memoirs
about the following in the town of Kobiliak, a small
town near Poltava:
"..Meantime there came to us a guest, a young man, a
young cantor with the name of Krastoshevsky. Old New
York residents need to remember the old singer-concertist
from the former Russian colony, Krastoshevsky... So, it
is the same Krastoshevsky who came to us from the
synagogue, where he had prayed, and to us it is said: 'I
don't want any cantor, I want to be an artist.' We have
given a pruv, a voice that is fit for an opera!
He was perfectly pleased with us, but [Israel] Rosenberg
was a thief, and he immediately shot him down, and do
you know why? Only then did he carry a top hat. 'See
again, Yankele... You and I, top hats, and he too?'
However, he said to him: 'Young man, you remain with
us." ...Krastoshevsky laughed with joy with everyone.
...And soon there was a voice, like a glow swirling
around the whole hotel, so, the street was full."
Later K. came to America,
and during the first years of Yiddish theatre in
America, and here he is participating.