Efim Chorny is a singer, composer and teacher. Efim Chorny, a native of his hometown of Kishinev, is an important figure in the revival of Jewish culture in Eastern Europe. His charismatic stage presence, exceptional voice, great humor and temperament make him a successor to the great tradition of Yiddish Song; a tradition he lives and personifies. Chorny’s songs have appeared on more than 30 CDs of Yiddish music, and have become standard repertoire for many internationally renowned performers, including Adrienne Cooper, Shura Lipovsky and many others.
The Chorny-Ghergus Duo is one of the most renowed groups in Yiddish music in Europe and beyond. They are laureates of the prestigious Moscow International Solomon Mikhoels’ Art Festival (1st Prize). They have been teaching faculty in many festivals of KLEZMER music, including Yiddish Summer Weimar, KLEZ FEST London, Petersburg KLEZ Paris,KLEZKANADA,YIDDISH -FEST MOSKOW. They have performed in many of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Vienna Conservatory, Munich Philarmonic “Carl-Orff”, Concert-Hall “Russia” (Moscow), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Lincoln Center (New York) and the Council of Europe (Strasburg).
Chorny & Ghergus created the background music for a production of “God of Vengeance” (by S. Asch), that was performed during the International Festival “A. Goldfaden” (France-Romania-Lithuania-Hungary). They’ve also participated in the projects “Megille Reloaded”(by I.Manger) Musical Culture of the Jewish People of Eastern Europe” (Austin University, USA) and in the animated film project “Lullabies of the World” (the Jewish Lullaby), and they represented Moldova in the cultural program of the Moscow International Jewish Book Festival. Efim Chorny and Susan Ghergus are leaders of the “Theatre of Jewish Song” (Kishinev) and soloists with the “Klezmer Alliance” (Germany-Moldova-England).