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Ora Bat-Chaim

A largely self-taught musician, Ora Bat Chaim had a thriving career as a cellist and concert manager before becoming a prolific composer in her late fifties. Bat Chaim began playing cello at age eight and performed in amateur orchestras before becoming manager of the Zavit Theater in the early 1960s and producer of various musical shows and dramas with different Israeli artists. In 1973 she became the manager of clarinetist Giora Feidman, whom she later married. Together, they helped revive world interest in Klezmer music. In 1993 Bat Chaim began composing, creating over 400 pieces in just a few years, and winning Germany’s prestigious Echo Award for both Silence and Beyond in 1997 and Love in 2003. Her work has formed the soundtracks for the Oscar-nominated Beyond Silence and plays based on the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer. Many of the pieces in Feidman’s permanent repertoire are Bat Chaim’s compositions.

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Ora Bat Chaim, who began a new phase of life as a serious composer at the age of fifty-eight, went on to create over four hundred musical compositions.

Photographer: Owen Carey; Institution: Ora Bat Chaim

Date of Birth
September 4, 1935
Place of Birth
Ramat Gan

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ora Bat-Chaim." (Viewed on October 25, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/bat-chaim-ora>.

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