Famous Israeli Musicians

Find out more about the greatest Israeli Musicians, including Ishtar, Gene Simmons, Itzhak Perlman, Daniel Barenboim and Ofra Haza.

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 1 Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel

Co-founder of the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons is also known by his stage persona, The Demon.  With his band, he has over 25 gold-certified albums. A devoted philanthropist, he has donated to charities related to underprivileged children. He created an animated series and owns a magazine and a label.

 2 Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
A bout of polio at age 4 left Itzhak Perlman’s legs paralyzed but could not deter his spirit. The Juilliard alumnus has won 16 Grammys and the coveted Leventritt Prize for his phenomenal compositions. He has also served as a conductor for Detroit Symphony and orchestras. 

 3 Hillel Slovak

Hillel Slovak
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel
Died: June 25, 1988
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 4 Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim
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Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Music director
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.

 5 Keren Peles

Keren Peles
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Famous As: Singer
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.  

 6 Haim Saban

Haim Saban
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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: October 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Haim Saban is an Israeli-American investor, media proprietor, and film producer. He is credited with founding Saban Entertainment which produces children's television programs like Power Rangers. For his achievements in the TV industry, Saban was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also a philanthropist, Haim Saban donated $14 million for the completion of a children's hospital.

 7 Evgeny Kissin

Evgeny Kissin
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow
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 8 Ofra Haza

Ofra Haza
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Famous As: Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist, Pianist, Songwriter
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.

 9 Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman
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Famous As: Conductor, Music educator, Violinist
Birthdate: July 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 10 Lyor Cohen

Lyor Cohen
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 11 Dana International

Dana International
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Israel

 12 Safed

Safed
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 13 Ivry Gitlis

Ivry Gitlis
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Famous As: violinist
Birthdate: August 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa

 14 Tzachi Halevy

Tzachi Halevy
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Famous As: TV Actor, Singer
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.

 15 Asaf Avidan

Asaf Avidan
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Animator, Guitarist, Dub actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 16 Yael Naim

Yael Naim
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 17 Ninet Tayeb

Ninet Tayeb
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Stage actor
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.

 18 Inon Zur

Inon Zur
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Famous As: Composer, Film score composer
Birthdate: July 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Israel

 19 Idan Raichel

Idan Raichel
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 20 Mike Brant

Mike Brant
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: February 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Famagusta, Cyprus
Died: April 25, 1975

 21 Max Brod

Max Brod
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Famous As: Former prolific writer best remembered as the friend and biographer of writer Franz Kafka
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. 

 22 Mischa Maisky

Mischa Maisky
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 23 Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon
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Famous As: Writer, Jazz musician, Saxophonist
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?

 24 Omer Adam

Omer Adam
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 25 Esther Ofarim

Esther Ofarim
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
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. 

 26 Yasmin Levy

Yasmin Levy
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 27 Nasrin Kadri

Nasrin Kadri
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

 28 Tal

Tal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hadera, Israel

Tal is an Israeli-French dancer, singer, and songwriter. Apart from coming up with hit singles, Tal also takes an active part in charity; since 2013 she has been one of the most prominent members of the Les Enfoirés. In 2013, 2014, and 2016, Tal was honored at the NRJ Music Awards with the Francophone Female Artist of the Year award.

 29 Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen
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Famous As: composer, jazz musician, singer
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 30 Eyal Golan

Eyal Golan
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 31 Rim Banna

Rim Banna
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
Died: March 24, 2018

 32 Ari Folman

Ari Folman
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Composer
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. 

 33 Aviv Geffen

Aviv Geffen
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Record producer, Singer, Poet, Songwriter
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.

 34 Keren Ann

Keren Ann
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter known for her song
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.

 35 Offer Nissim

Offer Nissim
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 36 Armand Amar

Armand Amar
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Famous As: composer, film score composer
Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem

 37 Rita

Rita
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Famous As: singer, actor, musician, dub actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran

 38 Naomi Shemer

Naomi Shemer
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 39 Arik Einstein

Arik Einstein
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 40 Harel Skaat

Harel Skaat
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter who represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Milim"
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kfar Saba, Israel

 41 Shiri Maimon

Shiri Maimon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 42 Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: April 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 43 Ivri Lider

Ivri Lider
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 44 Skazi

Skazi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD

 45 Sharon Kam

Sharon Kam
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Famous As: Clarinetist
Birthdate: August 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haifa, Israel

 46 Yoel Levi

Yoel Levi
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Romania

 47 Ofra Harnoy

Ofra Harnoy
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Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: January 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: adera, Israel

 48 Bashar Murad

Bashar Murad
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Jerusalem, Jerusalem

 49 Avi Benedi

Avi Benedi
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Famous As: Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: April 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Israel

 50 David Refael ben Ami

David Refael ben Ami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nahalal, Israel
Died: October 9, 2020