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Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue with Pianist Colin Fowler

 Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue with Pianist Colin Fowler

Cantor Azi Schwartz is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches both Jewish and interfaith audiences. His craft of Jewish liturgical music has been described as moving, uplifting and dynamic.

Azi grew up in a traditional community in Israel. His grandfather, also a cantor, inspired Azi to pursue his passion for singing and music. After graduating from the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and studying under the top cantors in the world, Azi earned a master's in Classical Singing and Conducting from Mannes School of Music in New York.

Since 2009, Azi has served as cantor at Park Avenue Synagogue, the largest conservative community in New York City and the flagship of Jewish liturgical music in North America. He creates, records and publishes new liturgical music and hosts world-class guest artists for concerts and worship.

Azi was featured in "The New York Cantors," a PBS special which brought cantorial music to millions of viewers across the US and Europe. He played a cantor in Richard Gere's movie "Norman" and has an astounding online following. He has released nine studio albums containing traditional and newly commissioned Jewish liturgical music.

Colin Fowler became Music Director of Park Avenue Synagogue in 2016, after serving as organist since 2012. A seasoned church musician, he previously led choirs and services at several churches as well as Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. A versatile musician and conductor, Colin has performed in numerous Broadway shows. He performed and recorded with many world-renowned musicians and ensembles, and is the Music Director for the Mark Morris Dance Group. Colin received his diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued his education at The Juilliard School, where he received his bachelor's and master's of music.

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