Deborah Strauss (USA; violin, voice)

Deborah Strauss is an internationally acclaimed klezmer violinist and educator who has been active in the klezmer and Yiddish music scene for over 30 years. She is a member of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and has performed with the Klezmatics. She has appeared on numerous recordings and was featured in the Emmy Award-winning film Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House. Deborah has performed and taught at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Yiddish Summer Weimar and KlezKanada. She is also an award-winning children’s educator and a highly regarded Yiddish dance leader.

Deborah studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago. She has a deep knowledge of Jewish culture that stems from her upbringing in a traditional Jewish home, and from extensive formal education in Jewish studies, including Hebrew and Yiddish language.

Deborah is co-director of the instrumental music program at Yiddish New York and, with Alan Bern, the author of Klezmer Duets for Violin and Accordion, published in 2017 by Universal Edition, Vienna.

Photo: Avia Moore