Soprano Svetlana Kundish was born in Ukraine in 1982. She began studying music when she was seven. In 1995 Svetlana and her family settled in Israel, and she continued her music studies in the Ironi (Municipal) Arts High School in Tel Aviv, concentrating on voice and piano. After graduation she began intensive voice training with Ella Akritova, a distinguished singer who was also a professor in the Kiev Conservatory for many years before moving to Israel. In 2001 Svetlana began to study Yiddish music in the master class of Nehama Lifshitz. From 2003 to 2007 she studied musicology at Tel Aviv University, where she was awarded a BA diploma.
Svetlana was a member of The Group for New Music in Israel which is devoted to music from Terezín and pre-war works by composers who were active in the ghetto.
In 2007 she decided to continue her vocal studies in a professional institution abroad. She was invited by Professor Yuri Kokozey to study singing at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, from which she graduated in 2011.
In December 2008 Svetlana won the first prize at the international vocal competition The Golden Hanukkah in Berlin.
In 2012 she began studying at the Cantorial Department of the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Berlin.
Svetlana Kundish performs all over Europe in solo concerts dedicated to a variety of Jewish Music styles as well as with her projects The Voices of Ashkenaz, Kol Ishe, Wien-Erfurt Klezmerbrücke, Duo with Patrick Farrell, European World Music Ensemble and other projects and bands. She is a recurring artist in residence and teacher at Yiddish Summer Weimar Festival.
In August 2013 Svetlana sang at the Diwan der Kontinente Project, as a part of The Nights Of Ramadan Festival. In the same month she was invited to Klez Canada Festival. In September 2013 she performed at the Festival of New Yiddish Song in New York. In November 2013 Svetlana was invited to perform at the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize ceremony in Osnabrück.
Photo: Max Moser
1. "Tsum Mazl" (music: Vanessa Vromans / text: Avrom Reyzen)
2. "Vint Foygl" (music: Vanessa Vromans, Sveta Kundish & Krzysztof Dobrek / text: Khayke Bruria Wiegand)