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Alexander Cherner

Alexander Cherner

born in Balta , 1935

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Alexander Cherner Alexander Cherner was born in 1935 in Balta. He comes from a family of klezmer musicians, and has written some 500 klezmer tunes. He lived in Balta until 1952 and then moved to Kharkiv, where he worked as turner and locksmith at a factory. He moved to Odessa in 1961.


Current Video: Playing Fiddle with my Grandfather

Alexander Cherner remembers fondly in this clip, when he performed with his grandfather at a Jewish wedding in Balta, 1948.

Alexander comes from a long line of klezmer musicians. His grandfather led a klezmer group and taught students how to play the piano, clarinet and trumpet before the war. The musical profession was widespread in the shtetl before World War II. Jewish musicians often struggled and had to take on additional jobs to make ends meet.