Klezmerorchester 2022

The Klezmerorchester Erfurt presented newfound klezmer melodies.

A chance encounter in Tokyo a few years ago led to the unlikely release of thousands of unique musical manuscripts from a Kyiv archive previously unavailable to contemporary klezmer musicians and scholars. This music has now been performed by an orchestra for the very first time in more than 100 years!

October 2, 2022, 7 pm, Domplatz Erfurt – open air
The Klezmerorchester played a selection of its latest programme within the festivities for the Day of German Unity

>>> Watch the video here on YouTube!

October 3, 2022, 3.30 pm, Zughafen Erfurt
The Klezmerorchester presented its entire new programme exclusively at Zughafen in Erfurt


The Klezmerorchester Erfurt explores the newfound historical material found in Klezmer Institute’s Kiselgof-Makonovetsky Digital Manuscript Project.

In 2017, photographs were made of 850 pages of handwritten klezmer music manuscripts held at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. The 1400 tunes in this corpus represent a five-fold increase in the easily accessible repertoire of European klezmer music, the vast majority of which were completely unknown to today’s musicians. It’s like discovering five completely unknown Beethoven symphonies…

Our very own Szilvia Csaranko and Hannah Ochner are part of an international initiative of the Klezmer Institute, to digitally notate the music and translate the text annotations on the manuscripts, making this invaluable treasure of Jewish musical heritage freely available to everyone. We are delighted to collaborate with the Klezmer Institute to bring this music to the concert stage, and to share the joy of reimagining the klezmer music of the past for the twenty first century!

Learn more about the project here:

So this was probably a world premiere. KlezWeCan!