Cantor Herstik, the chief cantor of the magnificent Jerusalem
Great Synagogue is descended from a long line of Rabbanim and
cantors. His talents manifested themselves very early, for at
the tender age of six he had already gained a remarkable reputation
as a prodigy, able to interpret highly complicated cantorial
recitatives with phenomenal skill and purity of voice. His musical
education has been wide and varied, and he owes much to his
first teacher, his late father, himself a fine cantor, and to,
among others, cantors Leib Glantz, Shlomo Ravitz and Moshe Kossevitzky.
He later graduated from the Royal College of Music in London.
Naftali Herstik, currently the director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial
Institute, has a worldwide reputation as a superb concert artist
with rare elegance and style. He has sung with the London Festival
Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Jerusalem Symphony
Orchestra, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic
Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently
with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, as well as with some of the
finest choirs in the world. Among them, the Jerusalem Great
Synagogue Choir, under the direction of Maestro Elli Jaffe.
Some of these distinguished groups can be heard on numerous
recordings of Naftali Herstik.