The Klezmer Shpil Orchestra by Berl Portnoy (Israel) was founded in 1991 in Petrozavodsk (Russia). Between 1992 and 1995 the orchestra traveled intensely, appearing at numerous festivals and concerts in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway.In 1993 the Klezmer Shpil's first solo CD was produced and marketed in Finland.
The orchestra's second recording was produced in Sweden in 1995.
In 1996 the orchestra re-located to Petach Tiqva (Israel), where it soon became a well-recognized feature of the local klezmer scene. Today the Klezmer Shpil Orchestra is known
not only in Israel but also around the world. It boasts multiple appearances at concerts, events, and other Jewish music venues. The Klezmer Shpil Orchestra promotes traditional Klezmer music, Yiddish folksongs and the songs of the Yiddish theater.
Cantor Pavel Roytman is a native of Nikolaev, Ukraine. At the age of seven he was accepted as a piano student to a specialized music school for gifted children. He continued his studies in piano and conducting at the Kaliningrad Music College (Russia) and later at Petrozavodsk State Conservatory.
While in Petrozavodsk, Pavel joined the Klezmer Shpil Orchestra as a soloist. Between 1991 and 1994, Pavel and the Klezmer Shpil Orchestra performed extensively throughout Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden. In 1993, the orchestra made its first recording: “Yiddish Songs” by Klezmer Shpil.
In 1994, Cantor Roytman immigrated to the United States where he obtained his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from DePaul University and Master of Music in Musicology from Northwestern University. Throughout this time he also studied chazzanut with such well- known masters of cantorial art as Hazzan Shlomo Shuster, Hazzan Henry Rosenbloom, Hazzan Cory Winter, and Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi. In 2006 Cantor Roytman was certified as a cantor through Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.
In Chicago, Cantor Roytman has performed as a conductor and a soloist with Kol Zimrah Jewish Community Singers and Queen of All Saints Basilica Choir. He has served as a conductor for Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale and as an executive director and conductor for Zemer Am, the Chicago’s Annual Festival of Jewish Choral Music. In 2004, Cantor Roytman received a 1st prize in the category of Voice/Cantorial Singing in the 2nd Annual Golden Hanukkiah Competition of Jewry Arts, sponsored by the World Congress of Russian Jewry held in Berlin.
He also made multiple appearances at the Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival, Chicago YIVO Society, Illinois State Fair, the International Klezmer Gala in Stockholm, and the International Jewish Music Festival in Tsfat, Israel.
Cantor Roytman currently serves as cantor for Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, a Conservative synagogue located in in Wilmette, Illinois.
Pavel Roitman - Vocal
Berl Portnoy - Violin ,Composer,Arranger
Yakov Zilberman - Clarinet
Igor Okun - Trombone
Konstantin Eidelkind - Double Bass
Samuel Fanuk- Piano
Oleg Sosnov - Drums