Simon Spiro

Simon Spiro has family roots right here in Poland. His father, an actor in the Yiddish theatre, was the only survivor of the illustrious Gerer Chassidic Szpiro family of Kutno.

His mother's family, also Gerer Chassidim, left Poland via Berlin and arrived in London, England, where Simon was born and raised. Recognized as one of his generation's great Cantors, Simon is often referred to as the British Jazz Singer for balancing dual careers in both Cantorial and popular music. He has worked with, among others, Elton John, Faith Hill, Sheena Easton, Ciff Richard and Shania Twain, and he has had hit singles on both Israeli and British Billboard pop charts, as well as twice representing England in the Eurovision finals. He played the lead in Cameron Mackintosh's The Phantom of the Opera, and as an entertainer, he has toured with Redd Buttons and Joan Rivers.

One of the leading recording artists for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, Simon is featured on several of their CDs,including all three of their Yiddish Theater albums. His solo album "Traditional Cantorial and Concert Favorites" is one of the top selling CDs in the Milken collection. Many of his numerous Jewish compositions have become part of the fabric of Synagogue Music throughout the world.

He currently serves as Cantor of one of the largest synagogues in North America, Congregation Beth Tzedec in Toronto, where he has developed the unique sound of the famous Beth Tzedec Singers. He is married to Aliza, an award-winning American songwriter and singer, with whom he co-writes songs of all genres.

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