Vlad (Zeev) Shulman

Vlad (Zeev) Shulman.

Opera and concert singer, cantor, vocal teacher, public figure.

Chairman of the Board (Max Goldin Society Jewish Culture Heritage), Member of the Board (I.Kozakevich Latvian Association of the National Cultural Societies).

Vlad Shulman was born in Riga in 1962.

Vocal education: in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) – Mikhail Glinka Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatoire, in Moscow – Maimonid State Classical Academy, Moscow Academy of Cantorial Arts.

In 2002 Vlad Shulman was invited by the Board of Riga Jewish Religious Community to the position of a cantor of Riga synagogue. Subsequently he actively cooperates with Latvian Council of Jewish Communities as a coordinator of cultural projects.

Since 2002 up to the present Vlad Shulman has organized several dozens of Jewish and classical music concerts in Riga. Supported by: Latvian Council of Jewish Communities, Riga City Council’s Education, Culture and Sports Committee, Israel Embassy for Latvia and Lithuania, Embassies of Estonia, Germany and Russia, Latvian Association of the National Cultural Societies, Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund.

The Artistic Director of three Riga Festivals: First Misha Alexandrovich International Jewish Music Festival – in 2007,   Remembering the Hand of a Conductor Festival, dedicated to the memory of professor of Latvian State Conservatoire Ludmila Pismennaya – in 2012, and Second Misha Alexandrovich International Jewish Music Festival – in 2013.

Chairman of the organizing Committee and Artistic Director of Misha Alexandrovich Young Vocalists Competition – 2014-2015.

General Director of I.Kozakevich Latvian Association of National Cultural Societies – 2015-2016.

In 2003 Vlad Shulman organized RIGA KLEZMER BAND, which included well-known Riga musicians: Yury Savkin (violin), Gidons Grinbergs (violin), Eduards Raubishko (clarinet), Yuris Mutuls (clarinet) and Yury Kasper (piano). In 2006 he organized Riga synagogue boys’ choir.

As an expert in the field of Jewish tradition and culture, Vlad Shulman was a consultant to several theatrical and film productions: the stage play of Riga OSA theatre by Sholom Aleichem’s Motl, Peysi the Cantor’s Son ( the stage manager – S.Losev) – in 2006, The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler – the film production of Hallmark Hall of Fame, USA (the film Director – John Kent Harrison) – in 2008, theatrical performance The secrets of Kabbalah in the New Riga Theatre (the stage manager – A.Hermanis) – in 2012. 

Vlad Shulman actively represents Latvian Jewish culture and music in Latvia and abroad. He is the author of several Latvian Jewish music programs. Latvian Jewish liturgical music program – with Youth choir BALSIS male ensemble (conductor – Ints Teterovskis) was presented on 2009 September 10 in the concert at the Latvian National Opera.

On 2013 December 1 in the framework of Second Misha Alexandrovich International Jewish Music Festival the oratorio In Memory of Riga Ghetto by Mendel Bash was performed (State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony orchestra, conductor – Arkady Leytush (USA), soloists – Inessa Galante and Vlad Shulman).

Vlad Shulman recorded two CDs: Riga Ghetto Songs – in 2001 and Melodies of Burned Synagogues with BALSIS male ensemble and organ  – in 2009.

As a singer and a cantor Vlad Shulman has toured in Estonia, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Israel and Russia. He participated in three international competitions of vocalists: in Warsaw (1994) and in Kaliningrad (1992 and 1994).

Recital in Bialystok (Poland) in the framework of International Jewish Culture Festival “Zachor” – in 2015.

“Riga ghetto songs” concert in Trieste (Italy) in the framework of International Festival Victor Ullman – in 2016.   

His repertoire includes about 300 arias, romances and songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Italian, Latvian, Russian, German, English, Polish, Ukrainian.

In 2008 Vlad Shulman was awarded a honorary diploma of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia – for his contribution to the creation of a harmonious multicultural society in Latvia.

His hobby is chess, FIDE Master, four times champion of Riga, as well as champion of Kirov and Nizhny Novgorod region and the city of Perm – in Russia.  

1. The Blackheads House

2-3. The presentation of Max Goldin Society

4. with Inessa Galante and Arkady Leytush

5. M.Bash. The oratorio In Memory of Riga Ghetto

6. The concert at Latvian National Opera

7. A concert-dedication To The Righteous Among the Nations

8. with Inessa Galante, Vestards Shimkus and Ramon Jaffe

9. with Riga Piano Duo, Yury Kasper and the students of R.Kharajanian and N.Novik

10. with Balsis male ensemble at Latvian National Opera

11. with Ints Teterovskis and Balsis male ensemble

12. A Concert-Dedication To The Righteous Among The Nations

13. First Alexandrovich Jewish Music Festival

14. with Rabbi Menachem Barkahan, Joseph Tsisser, David Kagan, Rahmiel Freidman, Raffi Kharajanian, Eduards Raubishko, Ints Teterovskis, Leo Birmanis, Yury Savkin and Yury Kasper

15. with Shofar choir

16-18. with RIGA KLEZMER BAND

19. with President of Latvia Mrs. Vaira Viķe-Freiberga and Chief Rabbi of Latvia Nathan Barkan

20. with Chief Rabbi of Latvia Nathan Barkan

21. with Chief Rabbi of Latvia Nathan Barkan, Archbishop of Latvia Janis Vanags, Chairman of Latvian Council of Jewish Communities Arkady Sukharenko

22. with President of Israel Mr. Moshe Katsav and President of Latvia Mrs. Vaira Viķe-Freiberga

23. with Israel Knesset Speaker Mr. Reuven Rivlin, Chairman of Saeima of Latvia Mrs. Ingrida Udre, Deputy Chairman of Riga Jewish Community Beniamin Kaiem

24. with Chairman of World Jewish Congress Rabbi Israel Singer, President of Euro-Asian Jewish Congress Alexander Mashkevich, Chief Rabbi of Moscow Pinchas Goldschmidt and Rabbies

25. Gogol-shul Memorial

26. with President of Latvia Mrs. Vaira Viķe-Freiberga, Mayor of Riga Gundars Bojars, Chairman of Latvian Council of Jewish Communities Arkady Sukharenko, Chairman of Riga Jewish Religious Community Zalman Joffe

27.  with rabbi of Riga synagogue Mordechai Glazman and Sol Bukingolts

28. with President of Latvia Mrs. Vaira Viķe-Freiberga

29. with Holocaust Survivor Valentina Freimane

30. with Ruta Shatz-Maryash and Raffi Kharajanian

31. with Ambassador of Israel Mr. Gary Koren

32. with Ambassador of Israel Mr. Hen Ivri

33. Hen Ivri plays piano – with Rahmiel Freidman, Zelik Antokol, David Kagan

34. with Ambassador of Israel Mr. Hen Ivri

35. with David Levy (Embassy of Israel)

36. with Head of Jewish Agency for Israel in Baltis States Efraim Meidan

37. Riga synagogue boys’ choir with President of Latvia

38. with Riga synagogue boys’ choir and conductor Joseph Tsisser

39. The autograph of President

40. with Balsis ensemble – the opening ceremony of Riga synagogue after the renovation

41. the opening ceremony of Riga synagogue after the renovation

42. with Ints Teterovskis and Balsis male ensemble

43-45. with Chief Cantor of Jerusalem Great synagogue Naftali Hershtik

46. with Chairman of Latvian Association of National Cultural Societies Raffi Kharajanian

47. Chairman of Saeima of Latvia Mrs. Solvita Aboltiņa with Board of Latvian Association of National Cultural Societies

48. with professor Raffi Kharajanian

49. with Ambassador of USA Mrs. Judith Garber, Arthur Nevitsky (Moscow House), Chairman of Latvian center of Uzbek culture Alim Abdusaidov

50. with famous science fiction writer Harry Harrison

51. with Chairman of Latvian Tatar-Bashkir Cultural society Zufar Zainullin

52. during the shooting of the film The Courageouse Heart of Irene Sendler (USA) – with Meier Meller and German Levin

53. with the film’s Director John Kent Harrison (The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler)

54. during the shooting of the film The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler (USA)

55. with the elders of Riga synagogue – cantor Levi Firkser and Rahmiel Freidman

56. with composer Mendel Bash and Deputy Chairman of Max Goldin Society Mark Joffe

57. with one of the oldest parishioners of Riga synagogue Zelik Antokol

58. with the daughter of Misha Alexandrovich – Ilona Makhlis and Leonid Makhlis

59. with nieces of Misha Alexandrovich Stella and Rina

60. with the son of poet Grigory Beilin – Bob Beilin and Mark Joffe

61. with a collegue Mark Joffe at the presentation of Max Goldin Society

62. with Don Jaffe, Ramon Jaffe, Arkady Leytush and Mark Joffe

63. Alexandrovich Fest

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