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Steven Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin. Described by the Washington Post as “particularly impressive,” and as “extraordinary” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Greenman is also the creator of a substantial body of new traditional Jewish and klezmer music that has been performed and researched by musicians and scholars worldwide. He is the producer and lead performer of the landmark recordings Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome, which contain his original klezmer and Jewish spiritual compositions while two of his Jewish liturgical melodies have been recognized and published by the Shalshelet Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. As a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Greenman is a co-producer and lead performer of the recording, Khevrisa: European Klezmer Music. Greenman currently leads the Stempenyu’s Dream ensemble, Di Tsvey with tsimbalist Pete Rushefsky, and the Steven Greenman Klezmer Ensemble, and has performed internationally with Khevrisa, the Joel Rubin Ensemble, the R2G Klezmer Trio, the Klezmatics, Budowitz, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, and Kapelye. He has led masterclasses at KlezKamp, KlezKanada, KlezFest London, Yiddish Summer Weimar (Germany), KlezmerQuerque, and Master Class de Música Tradicional Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and has performed at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, at Toronto’s Ashkenaz – A Festival of New Yiddish Culture, and at the International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany. In addition to klezmer music, Greenman is an accomplished performer of Hungarian nota and urban East European Romani (“Gypsy”) music and is a performer and recording artist with the ensemble Harmonia. As a concert performer, he 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.  In 2013, Greenman explored classical Chinese music and was the violin soloist for the Cleveland, Ohio premiere of the famous Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, performing with the Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra.  As a local music educator, Greenman has been a “teaching-artist” with the Cleveland Orchestra’s “Learning Through Music” educational program since 2001 and has founded and directed student klezmer ensembles with several of Cleveland’s local synagogues and temples. Greenman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.


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My melody to the Friday night Shabbos tune "L'Kho Doydi," has been selected by Shalshelet’s Music Review Committee for the 5th International Festival in Miami this coming February.
"Shalshelet" celebrates and honors new Jewish liturgical music from today's composers and documents the selected works in a published collection. This is my second such honor from this organization. The first was for my melody to the Shabbos zemer "Ko Riboyn Olam" back in 2008. "L'Kho Doydi" can be heard on my recording "Stempenyu's Neshome - Jewish Spiritual Melodies by Steven Greenman."

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