Maureen Nehedar

musician

Maureen Nehedar is an Israeli singer and composer. She has created a revival of Persian-Jewish tradition poetry (Piyutim).

In 2014 she released the highly successful and widely praised album “Asleep in the Bosom of Childhood”, which reached the top of the charts for album sales in Israel.

Maureen was born in Isfahan, Iran and moved to Israel as an infant with her family following the Islamic revolution in Iran and Khomeini’s rise to power.

Maureen, an alumna of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, received two degrees, one from the vocals department and the second from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Musical Education.

Despite her early training as a singer in the arena of classical-European music, Nehedar joined the Isfahan Ensemble the age of 17, performing classical Persian music and Persian folk songs. After a number of years, Maureen put together her own ensemble and along with performing, she began to research traditional Jewish- Persian poetry (piyutim), bringing many long forgotten poems out from oblivion.

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