The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin

The Synagogal Ensemble Berlin (SEB) was founded in 2002 by Regina Yantian as a concert ensemble. It consists of eight to sixteen professional singers who work in international opera houses and as freelance concert singers, including in the choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue in Berlin.

The ensemble works with various cantors and is complemented by international soloists, choirs and orchestras depending on the concert programme.

In the course of its 20 years of existence, it has developed a large repertoire: it includes Baroque synagogal music, 19th century works from Western and Eastern Europe, choral works from Israel, the USA and modern works.

Numerous concerts in synagogues, churches and concert halls – a cappella, with organ accompaniment or with orchestra – have taken the SEB under the direction of its conductor Regina Yantian from Germany to Israel, Poland, Sweden, England, Italy, Serbia and South Africa. The SEB has already released 5 CDs with Jewish liturgical music from different eras.

Since 2011, the SEB has been the host ensemble of the annual Louis Lewandowski Festival in Berlin, whose founder, Nils Busch- Petersen, is also a member of the board of the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the SEB.
Under the direction of its artistic director Regina Yantian, the festival creates programs each year featuring the treasures of synagogal music from different eras and regions, inviting choirs from around the world to Berlin.
In 2022, the twelfth Louis Lewandowski Festival dedicated over five centuries of Italian Jewish music to the theme “Viva L ́Italia – from Rossi to Rossini”.
Live recordings of the festival concerts with the SEB and many domestic and foreign guests have been released on 8 DVDs to date.


Over the years, Regina Yantian and her SEB have worked with various cantors and international choirs, ensembles and orchestras. Guest cantors include Joseph Malovany, Isaac Sheffer, Nikola David, Yoed Sorek, Ron Silberstein or Gabriel Loewenheim.

They regularly perform with international choirs, ensembles and orchestras such as Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir, Zamir Chorale of Boston, Le Chant Sacre/Strasbourg, The Moscow Male Jewish Choir, Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir, Berliner Symphoniker, Louis Lewandowski Streich Ensemble, Jewish Orchestra Belgrade, to name but a few.


The singers

Das Synagogal Ensemble Berlin ist das einzige sein Art, das aus 8 – 16 professionellen Sängern, die an internationalen Opernhäusern arbeiten und als freischaffende Konzertsänger tätig sind, besteht.