Regina Yantian began her training as an organist and choir director at the age of ten. She studied Jewish Studies and Comparative Musicology in Heidelberg, Jerusalem and Berlin, dealing with various forms of Jewish music in depth in the course of her studies. She completed her master’s degree with a thesis on Israeli popular music.

Since 1998 she has been working as organist and choir director at Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue in Berlin. In this function she conducts the professional choir of the synagogue, which accompanies all religious services.

In addition, Regina Yantian is also an experienced director of lay choirs. From 2004 to 2011 she was musical director of Schalom-Chor Berlin, founded by Estrongo Nachama.

Her current lay choirs include the Youth Choir of the Pestalozzistrasse Synagogue and Re´utchor Berlin.

In 2002 she founded the professional Synagogal Ensemble Berlin, with which she frequently

performs in Germany and abroad. Recently, for instance, she conducted the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Belgrade, the Czernowitz Symphony Orchestra and the Neue Rheinische Chamber Orchestra Cologne in joint concerts with the Berliner Synagogal Ensemble.

Regina Yantian played the organ symphony by Saens-Sans in the “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach” concert hall in Frankfurt/Oder and accompanies cantor Isaac Sheffer in his solo concerts.

Together with Cantor Isaac Sheffer and the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin she released four  CDs with Jewish liturgical music from different periods

Regina has been musical director of the Louis Lewandowski Festival since its inception in 2011.

Choirs from all over the world are invited to each festival to perform choral music on various themes.

Contact: reginayantian@gmail.com

Regina Yantian