Famous Israeli Musicians

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Keren Peles
(Singer)
Keren Peles
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Birthdate: March 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yavne'el, Israel

Keren Peles is an Israeli pianist, singer-songwriter, and poet. Over the course of her songwriting career, Peles has contributed immensely to the success of other popular singers like Shiri Maimon and Miri Mesika by writing the lyrics of some of their hit songs. She has also found success as a singer as many of her albums have been certified gold.  

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Hillel Slovak
(Musician)
Hillel Slovak
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Birthdate: April 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Died: June 25, 1988
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Daniel Barenboim
(Pianist, Conductor, Music director)
Daniel Barenboim
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Birthdate: November 15, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires

Daniel Barenboim is a pianist and conductor currently serving as the general music director of the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin. He has previously been the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and La Scala in Milan. He is a recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Award among others.

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 4 
Ofra Haza
(Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter)
Ofra Haza
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Birthdate: November 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
Died: February 23, 2000

Ofra Haza was an Israeli actress and singer who achieved great popularity in the Western world where she came to be known as the Madonna of the East. An influential cultural figure in Israel, Ofra Haza played a major role in popularizing the Mizrahi culture. During her illustrious singing career, Haza earned several gold and platinum discs.

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Evgeny Kissin
(Pianist)
Evgeny Kissin
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Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow
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Pinchas Zukerman
(Conductor, Music educator, Violinist)
Pinchas Zukerman
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Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv
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Lyor Cohen
(Businessperson)
Lyor Cohen
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Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.
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Dana International
(Singer, Songwriter)
Dana International
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Birthdate: February 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Israel
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Safed
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Ivry Gitlis
(violinist)
Ivry Gitlis
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Birthdate: August 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa
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Tzachi Halevy
(TV Actor, Singer)
Tzachi Halevy
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Birthdate: March 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Petah Tikva, Israel

Tzachi Halevy is an Israeli actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Ephraim in the 2018 biblical drama film, Mary Magdalene. He has also played important roles in popular TV series, such as Fauda and Mossad 101. As a singer, Halevy is known for his association with Mayumana troupe, a dance troupe that combines song, percussion, and dance.

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Asaf Avidan
(Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Animator, Guitarist, Dub actor, Songwriter)
Asaf Avidan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem
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Yael Naim
(Singer-songwriter)
Yael Naim
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Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Ninet Tayeb
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Stage actor)
Ninet Tayeb
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Birthdate: October 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kiryat Gat

Ninet Tayeb is an Israeli musician, composer, singer-songwriter, DJ, actress, and model. Regarded as one of the most famous people in the entertainment industry in Israel, Tayeb is also renowned for her International collaborations; in 2015, she was named among the hottest new artists to enter the American entertainment industry. She has won a couple of MTV Europe Music Awards.

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Inon Zur
(Composer, Film score composer)
Inon Zur
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Birthdate: July 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Israel
Idan Raichel
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Mike Brant
(Singer, Composer)
Mike Brant
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Birthdate: February 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Famagusta, Cyprus
Died: April 25, 1975
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Max Brod
(Former prolific writer best remembered as the friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka)
Max Brod
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Birthdate: May 27, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 20, 1968

Max Brod was a Czech German-speaking Jewish author, composer, and journalist. He studied law at the German Charles-Ferdinand University and proceeded to pursue a career as a journalist and composer. He worked as an editor and literary adviser for the Israeli national theatre for three decades. He was a close friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka. 

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Mischa Maisky
(Cellist)
Mischa Maisky
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Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
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Omer Adam
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Gilad Atzmon
(Writer, Jazz musician, Saxophonist)
Gilad Atzmon
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Birthdate: June 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

Israeli-born British Gilad Atzmon has established himself as one of the best jazz saxophonists of his time. His collaborations include tracks with stars such as Robbie Williams and Pink Floyd. He has also been in the news for his articles condemning Zionism and for his books, such as The Wandering Who?

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Yasmin Levy
(Singer)
Yasmin Levy
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Birthdate: December 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jerusalem
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Esther Ofarim
(Actor, Singer)
Esther Ofarim
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Birthdate: June 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Safed

Esther Ofarim is an Israeli singer. She began performing folk songs as a child. As a young woman, she married Abi Ofarim, a guitarist and dancer. The couple performed together as the folk duo Esther & Abi Ofarim in the 1960s. After they divorced, she focused on building a solo career. She is the recipient of an Edison Award. 

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Avishai Cohen
(composer, jazz musician, singer)
Avishai Cohen
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Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem
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Nasrin Kadri
(Singer)
Nasrin Kadri
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Birthdate: September 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Eyal Golan
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Rim Banna
(Singer)
Rim Banna
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Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: March 24, 2018
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Ari Folman
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Composer)
Ari Folman
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Birthdate: December 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Haifa

Ari Folman is an Israeli film director, animator, and screenwriter. He was born to Holocaust survivors in Israel. He studied at Tel Aviv University's department of film and television and began his career producing documentaries. He directed the documentary film Waltz with Bashir, based on the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre. 

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Aviv Geffen
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer, Singer, Poet, Songwriter)
Aviv Geffen
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Birthdate: May 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ramat Gan

Aviv Geffen is an Israeli singer, songwriter, rock musician, keyboardist, guitarist, and record producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular band Blackfield. One of the most popular Israeli artists of his generation, Geffen remains a youth icon although his popularity was at its peak during the 1990s. His music deals with themes like love, peace, politics, suicide, and death.

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Keren Ann
(Israeli Pop Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Record Producer)
Keren Ann
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Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

Offer Nissim
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Rita
(singer, actor, musician, dub actor)
Rita
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Birthdate: March 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran
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Armand Amar
(composer, film score composer)
Armand Amar
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Arik Einstein
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Harel Skaat
(Singer-songwriter who represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Milim")
Harel Skaat
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Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kfar Saba, Israel
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Naomi Shemer
(Israeli Musician and Songwriter)
Naomi Shemer
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Birthdate: July 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kibbutz Kinneret, Israel
Died: June 26, 2004

Naomi Shemer was an Israeli songwriter and musician. One of the most popular figures of her generation, Shemer was referred to as the first lady of Israeli poetry and song. Her song Jerusalem of Gold became an unofficial anthem when Israel won the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1983, she was honored with the Israel Prize for a Hebrew song.

Shiri Maimon
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Yefim Bronfman
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Birthdate: April 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Ivri Lider
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Skazi
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Sharon Kam
(Clarinetist)
Sharon Kam
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Birthdate: August 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
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Bashar Murad
(Singer)
Bashar Murad
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Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Jerusalem, Jerusalem
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Yoel Levi
(Musician)
Yoel Levi
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Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Romania
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Ofra Harnoy
(Cellist)
Ofra Harnoy
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Birthdate: January 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: adera, Israel
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Avi Benedi
(Songwriter, Musician)
Avi Benedi
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Birthdate: April 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Israel
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David Refael ben Ami
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Birthdate: October 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nahalal, Israel
Died: October 9, 2020