Die Drei Kantoren are Tal Koch (tenor), Amnon Seelig (baritone) and Assaf Levitin (bass).
The three are Israel originated members of the Cantorial School of the Abraham Geiger College at the University of Potsdam, Germany. They gave their debut in front of 1500 spectators at the yearly reception of the Israeli Embassy in Berlin in May, 2013. The enthusiastic reactions rapidly brought further invitations to sing in many public events, such as the opening of the Faculty of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam; the official ceremony commemorating Rwandan Genocide 20th Anniversary in Berlin; a concert at the Klezmer Festival in Fürth, Germany, and many others. Throughout the year 2014, The Three Cantors have perormed all over Germany in Jewish Communities, as part of the Cultural Program of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Assaf Levitin and Amnon Seelig arrange most of Die Drei Kantoren's repertoire, which covers both classical Chazzanut and Israeli folk music, as well as Sepharadic and Ashkenazi compositions of Jewish poetry from the Middle Ages (Piyutim) and Yiddish songs.
A considerable part of the program is performed a-capella, whereas the rest is accompanied by the Israeli pianist Naaman Wagner. Being professional concert and opera singers, each one of The Three Cantors also performs solo pieces out of a broad repertoire of Chazzanut, music by Jewish composers, and Yiddish songs.
"They showed that music for the Synagogue can also have an entertaining character, and managed to present this variety of expressions, streching from the late romantic to the music of our time without any patronizing claim."
- Fürther Nachrichten, March 2014.
Assaf was born in Israel, played the clarinet, drums and saxophone before he discovered singing. He graduated from the Music Academy of the Saarland (Germany) before launching a career as concert - and opera singer. Assaf's wide repertoire includes most of the great oratorios, many song cycles, operatic roles such as Mozart's Figaro, Colline (La Bohéme) and Gremin (Eugene Onegin).
Assaf is also a specialist for contemporary music, and has been performing world premiers of both concert and stage pieces throughout Europe and Israel. Since 2011, Assaf has been a member of the Cantors Seminary at the Abrarhm-Geiger-College (Potsdam, Germany), and has served as a cantor in Basel, Paris, Warsaw, Berlin and many other places.
Amnon Seelig, Baritone
Amnon Seelig (Baritone) was born in Munich, Germany. He graduated The Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance with two Bachelor's degrees, in Music Theory and Voice (with Mrs Agnes Massini), and the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with
a Master's degree in Voice (with Prof. Donald Litaker). He currently studies privately with Sir Donald McIntyre.
He's a last year student and the Jewish Institute of Cantorial Arts of the Abraham-Geiger-Kolleg at the Potsdam University.
In Israel Amnon sang in renowned choirs and ensembles, such as The Israeli Vocal Singers, The Philharmonia Singers Israel,
Jerusalem Music Academy Chamber Choir and The FourPlay Quartet, which he also founded. In Germany he sang in Kammerchor Stuttgart, Berliner Rundfunkchor, Vocalconsort Berlin, Vocalensemble Rastatt and other choirs and ensembles. He is a founding member and the bass singer of Vokalquintett Berlin. Amnon served as Cantor in Jewish communities in Berlin, Munich, Warsaw, Augsburg and more, and sang in many cantorial and classical concerts all over Europe,
North America and Israel.
Assaf Levitin, Bass
Tal Koch, Tenor
Born in Israel, Tal is a graduate of the Rimon School of Music and the Israeli Kibbutz Seminary.
Tal has been a member of the Israeli Vocal Ensemble ans soloist in various productions and concert, collaborating with many orchestras such as the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. His wide solo repertoire includes Bach, Mozart, Puccini, Remirez and others. Among other conducturs, he sang as soloist under the baton of Andrew Parrot and Frieder Bernius.
For many years, Tal has been singing with the Israeli Liturgical Synagogal Ensemble, singing both in Israel and in the USA for major holidays. He also performs his own material as singer-songwriter.
Naaman Wagner, Piano
Naaman Wagner was born in Jerusalem in 1984. Since 1998, he has been playing as soloist as well as with chamber music ensembles in Europe and in Israel. He performed as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and as an improvisor with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2000, he takes part in the Kfar Blum Festival every year. He also gave performances during the Israel Festival in 2005 and the Abu Gosh Festivals in 2005 and 2008.
Naaman studied Conducting and Piano with Professor Evgeny Zirlin and with Professor Eitan Globerson in his hometown, graduating from the Jerusalem Music Academy with a degree in Conducting in 2006 and a B.A. in Music in 2008. While at the Academy, he won several prizes and scholarships. In 2009 he moved to Germany where he worked with Professor Arie Vardi at the the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, graduating in June 2011.
He has taken master-classes at the Goslar Festival in Germany (2006 und 2007) and in Perugia (Italy), where he performed as a soloist with the Perugia Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, he took a master-class with Dimitri Bashkirov in Tel Hai (Israel).
Naaman Wagner was awarded a scholarship for Composition by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation every year between 2001 and 2009 and has been awarded a scolarship for Piano every year since 2002.
Now based in Berlin, he plays as a soloist and as a member of various chamber ensembles in Europe and in Israel. Since 2011, he has been part of the Calaf Trio with Karoline Schulze and Constance Ricard. He also plays regularly with the Israel Contemporary Players, which has just been on tour in Hong-Kong and Korea under the direction of Zsolt Nagy.