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Steven Greenman - Violinist, Composer, Educator 

"Greenman is a violinist, which is a bit like saying LeBron James is a basketball player. Greenman....might even have more moves." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive,” and “extraordinary” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Steven Greenman is a multi-talented musical artist, who is equally adept at performing stunning solo violin works with symphony orchestras, soulful East European Jewish folk music (klezmer music) and passionate East European Romani (Gypsy) music.  Steven’s virtuosic performing skills are complimented with his passion for composition and education.  As a composer, Steven has produced two landmark recordings of his original Jewish and klezmer compositions, Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome, while two of his Jewish liturgical melodies have been recognized and published by the Shalshelet Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music.  With his recording Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music, Stevenis a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist.  As an educator, Steven leads klezmer music master classes internationally and has been a teaching artist with the Cleveland Orchestra’s “Learning Through Music” program since 2001.  He has performed and recorded with several of the world’s leading klezmer ensembles and is a founding member of Cleveland’s East European ensemble Harmonia.  Well-versed in performing Magyar nota and various East European folk music styles Steven has been a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Canton Symphony and the Akron Symphony, performing his own arrangements of traditional East European Romani (“Gypsy”) violin music and klezmer music.  Steven has explored classical Chinese music performing the famous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto as soloist with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra (2013) and the Firelands Symphony (2015).  His collaboration with master pipa-player Gao Hong, The Braided Candle, explores a unique blending of both traditional Jewish and Chinese folk music styles.  Steven is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Violin Performance.


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Di Tsvey-The Greenman/Rushefsky Duo Klezmer Concert

Sunday, November 15 at 7 pm 

Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Cleveland, Ohio

The Greenman-Rushefsky Violin/Tsimbl duo presents a concert of traditional and original klezmer music celebrating the historical role of the violin in East European Jewish culture. Violinist Steven Greenman and tsimblist Pete Rushefsky are internationally renowned performers of traditional klezmer music as well as leading contemporary composers of the genre.

Di Tsvey's performance will feature the baroque-inspired Jewish artistic pieces that were performed for important life-cycle events such as weddings; lively dance tunes; and meditative Hasidic spiritual melodies. The program will begin with a 30-minute lecture about the history of Klezmer music.

Free. No tickets required.



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