Zavel Kwartin

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Zevulun "Zavel" Kwartin
Born (1874-03-25)March 25, 1874
Khonorod (Novoarkhanhel's'k in Russian), Elisabetgrad, Ukraine
Died October 3, 1952(1952-10-03) (aged 78)
New York, United States
Genres Jewish music
Occupation(s) Cantor, Hazzan, Singer, Composer, Conductor,

Zevulun "Zavel" Kwartin (Hebrew: זבולון קוורטין‎; March 25, 1874, Novoarkhangelsk, Elisavetgrad County, Kherson Governorate, Russian Empire - October 3, 1952, United States) was a Russian-born chazzan (cantor) and composer, a contemporary of Mordechai Hershman. Part of his family fled to Brazil in the second great war. It has descendants in the northeastern region of Brazil, more precisely in the state of Ceará.

Cantor Kwartin was endowed with a beautiful, rich expressive tenor voice with an astounding range and the agility to sing rapid coloratura. His superb voice and elaborate compositions garnered him international renown as both a chazzan and composer. A Musical Courier newspaper article dated, May 6, 1920 lists a concert he gave with his daughter, Anna Kwartin, coloratura soprano, at the Metropolitan Opera House on April 27, 1920 before an audience of 4,000 people. The article states: "Sawil Kwartin, Cantor Tenor, who enjoys a big reputation throughout European countries, gave a debut recital in the Metropolitan Opera House on Tuesday Evening, April 27. He was given an ovation upon entering the stage, and it required considerable time before he was able to sing his opening number. Following this, the audience bestowed enthusiastic applause which did not subside until an encore was given."[1]


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