Elli Jaffe was born in Jerusalem and graduated with distinction from the Rubin Academy there, later studying conducting and winning prizes at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has conducted all of Israel’s major orchestras as well as the Royal Philharmonic, the Liège Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra, of which he holds the title honorary guest conductor. He is artistic director of the music department of Dvir Yeshiva High School for Art and of the Jerusalem School for Cantorial Art. He is also music director of the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir, as well as of the Europe-Israel Foundation for the Advancement of Jewish Liturgical Music. Jaffe has published an encyclopedic instructional set for the entire annual cycle of Hebrew liturgy, and he is preparing an analytical book on Jewish prayer modes. He is also an accomplished composer, and his liturgical settings, arrangements, and orchestrations are widely used by cantors.
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