Svika Pick

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Svika Pick
צביקה פיק
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Native name צביקה פיק
Born (1949-10-03) 3 October 1949 (age 68)
Wrocław, Poland
Citizenship Israeli
Alma mater The Conservatory of Ramat Gan
Occupation Pop singer and composer
Spouse(s) Shira Manor; 5 children

Svika Pick (born 3 October 1949[citation needed] or 1951[1] (Hebrew: צביקה פיק‬) is an Israeli pop singer and composer.


Henrik Zvi ("Svika") Pick was born in Wrocław, Poland. He studied music at the Conservatoire of Ramat Gan and started to perform at age 15. Pick was married to Israeli songwriter Mirit Shem-Or. Shem-Or wrote the lyrics for many of Pick's hits, including Mary Lou, which was about herself. They are divorced but continue to collaborate artistically. They have three children. Two of Pick's daughters have performed duos as the Pick Sisters.[2] One of Pick's daughters, Daniella Pick, is engaged to director Quentin Tarantino.[3]

Music career[edit]

Pick was one of Israel's leading pop singers in the 1970s, during which he was voted "Israeli male singer of the Year." He played a lead part in the Hebrew version of the musical Hair in the early 1970s.[4]

In 1998 Pick wrote the song Diva with lyricist Yoav Ginai and performed by Dana International, which won the Eurovision Song Contest. He also wrote songs for several other Eurovision contestants. In 2002 he reunited with Ginai to write the Light a Candle for Sarit Hadad, who represented Israel in Eurovision 2002. That year, Habima Theater staged a musical called Mary Lou based on Pick's old hits.[5] In 2009 this musical was made into the television series Tamid oto halom or Mary Lou, directed by Eytan Fox.

Pick as a judge on Kokhav Nolad

In 2003 he composed the song Hasta la vista with Shem-Or, to whom he was married at the time, for Oleksandr Ponomaryov, Ukrainian entrant in Eurovision 2003. He also wrote a song for the Belarusian contestant of Eurovision 2005 Angelica Agurbash, but she later decided on a different one, acknowledging Pick for his effort. He competed seven times in the Israeli preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, he composed an entry for Harel Skaat for Israel, and for Sopho Nizharadze for Georgia. He was one of the judges of the TV talent show, Kokhav Nolad ("A Star is Born").[6]

Eurovision Song Contest entries[edit]

Entries in national Eurovision pre-selections[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  • Svika Pick maintains an official webpage on several popular social networking websites
Preceded by
Kimberley Rew
Eurovision Song Contest winning composers
Succeeded by
Lars Diedricson