Svika Pick

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Zvika Pick
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Pick in 2009
Henryk Pick

(1949-10-03) 3 October 1949 (age 72)[1]
Wrocław, Poland
Other namesThe Maestro
EducationConservatory of Ramat Gan
  • Pop singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • television personality
Years active1966–present
Mirit Shem-Or
(m. 1970; div. 1995)
Partner(s)Shira Manor (2004–2021)
Children5, including Daniella Pick
RelativesQuentin Tarantino (son-in-law)

Zvika Pick (born Henryk Pick, Hebrew: צביקה פיק; born 3 October 1949)[1][2] is a Israeli pop singer, songwriter, composer, and television personality.

Early life[edit]

Pick was born in Wrocław, Poland, to a Jewish family, his parents being Paulina (1930-2010) and Borys Pick. His grandfather was the head of a music school, and his uncle was a music professor. At the age of five, Pick studied classical music. In 1957, his family immigrated to Israel. Pick studied music at the Conservatory of Ramat Gan, and started to perform in local Israeli rock bands at the age of 15.



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.[3]

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.[4] In 2009, this musical was made into the television series Tamid Oto Chalom (or Mary Lou), directed by Eytan Fox.

Pick as a judge on Kokhav Nolad in 2008

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.


From 2005–2009, Pick was one of the judges for the singing reality show Kokhav Nolad (the Israeli version of Pop Idol) that aired on Channel 2.[5]

In 2005, Pick starred in the docu-reality series HaMaestro that aired on Bip and followed the daily lives of him and his family.

In 2009, the musical drama series Tamid Oto Chalom aired on HOT 3. Pick's songs were used for its title and soundtrack, and he guest starred in one of the episodes.

Personal life[edit]

In 1970, Pick married Israeli songwriter Mirit Shem-Or. Shem-Or wrote the lyrics for many of Pick's hits, including "Mary Lou", which was about her. In 1995 they divorced, yet continue to collaborate artistically. They have a son and two daughters. The daughters, Sharona (born 1980) and Daniella Pick (born 1983), have performed duets as The Pick Sisters.[6] Sharona is married to Israeli hotelier Daniel Federmann, son of businessman Michael Federmann. Daniella is married to American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.[7]

Since 2004, Pick has been in a relationship with Israeli fashion designer Shira Manor, and together they have had two sons, Tim and Neal.[8]

Eurovision entries[edit]

Eurivision Song Contest[edit]

National pre-selections[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "צביקה פיק". Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  2. ^ קוטנר, יואב. "צביקה פיק". (in Hebrew). Archived from the original on 2017-11-10.
  3. ^ CD Baby: ORIGINAL ISRAELI CAST: Hair – In Hebrew Archived 2009-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Fantastic Mr. Fox - Arts & Culture - Jerusalem Post". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "The Pick Sisters lyrics". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ Michallon, Clemence (November 29, 2018). "Quentin Tarantino marries Daniella Pick in Los Angeles". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-25. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  8. ^ ""נולדתי להיות אמא"". 7 June 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest winning composers
Succeeded by