LEIB GLANTZ (1898 - 1964)
Born in Kiev into a family of cantorial traditions, Leib Glant served as a synagogue
cantor in Kiev, studied there with Glière, and then served in Moldova,
where he was a pupil of Abraham Berkowitsch, an expert on cantorial recitatives.
In 1926 he moved to the United States, where he won a reputation among Ashkenazi
congregations, and in 1954 settled in Israel, teaching at the Tel-Aviv Institute
for Religious Jewish Music and endeavouring to establish a reformed cantorial
tradition of a more optimistic tinge. He was one of the great cantors, distinguished
for his performances and recordings.