Sveta Kundish (IL/D)
Sveta Kundish was born in the Ukraine in 1982. She began studying music at age seven. In 1995 she settled in Israel with her family. She continued her music studies in the Ironi (Municipal) Arts High School in Tel Aviv, concentrating on voice and piano. After graduation she began intensive voice studies with Ella Akritova, singer and voice teacher who had been a professor in the Kiev Conservatory for many years before moving to Israel. In 2001, she began to study Yiddish music in the master class of Nechama Lifshitz. In 2003, she began to study musicology at Tel Aviv University, receiving her B.A. in 2007. The same year, she was invited by Prof. Yuri Kokozey to study voice at the Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, from which she graduated in 2011. In 2008, Sveta won the 1st prize of the international vocal competition “The Golden Chanukkia” in Berlin. In 2012, she began studies at the Cantorial Department of the Abraham Geiger Kolleg in Berlin, receiving a degree in 2017.
As a soloist, Sveta Kundish performs a wide variety of Jewish music throughout Europe. She also performs with Alan Bern, Patrick Farrell, Voices of Ashkenaz, the Trickster Orchestra, among other renowned ensembles.
Sveta is regularly an Artist-in-Residence and teacher at Yiddish Summer Weimar Festival.
Since March 2017 Sveta is employed as a Cantor at the Jewish Comminuty of Brauschweig.