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Mimi Sheffer, soprano, was raised in Israel. Following an education in Jewish studies, she completed her studies as a flutist at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. She then proceeded to study classical singing at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv under Tamar Rachum. She won the Young Artist competition – Kol Israel prize (National Israeli Radio), won two awards from the
Rubin Academy of Tel-Aviv and was a four-time winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant. As a participant of the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, she was invited to New York to pursue
her studies at Joan Caplan’s studio. She underwent further training in theatrics and interpretation and took part in master-classes under Renato Capecchi, Nico Castel, Rita Loving, Alfredo Kraus, Vera Rozsa and Hilde Zadek.
Among her operatic roles were Mimi, Contessa, Micaela, Fiordiligi and Desdemona.
Mimi Sheffer’s cantorial career began at the Reconstructionist West-End Synagogue in New York City, where she was employed as a full-time cantor, and grew rapidly until she officiated at the renownedTemple Emanuel in West Hartford. In Berlin she served as cantor and spiritual leader at theOranienburger Strasse Synagogue. Along with her congregational duties she dedicates herself to interreligious activities, leading workshops and performing extensively.
As a female cantor and classical singer, she specializes in the dialog between Jewish liturgy and classical music and in reviving cantorial orchestral music in Europe. She offers a wide range of original and highly virtuoso programs. Mimi Sheffer has performed at the Berliner Philharmonie, where she sang the Sacred Service by Ernest Bloch and the 42nd Psalm by Felix Mendelssohn
with the Berliner Symphoniker and the Singakademie, as well as at the Konzerthaus Berlin where she presented her program “aus Oper und Synagoge”.
She opened the Berlin Jewish Culture Days at the Rykestrasse Synagogue with the Yehezkel Braun “Arvit LeShabbat”, with the Resonanz Orchestra and the Ernst-Senf Choir. She took part in the Ruhr 2010 events, where she sang the Herbert Fromm Kol Nidrei with the orchestra and choir of the Essen opera house.
As of 2014, she is the artistic director of KOL - Jüdische Musik beleben und erleben e.V. , an association dedicated to reviving music of Jewish composers in concert series, festivals, radio recording and workshops.
In 2017 she founded and directed the NEW LIFE FESTIVAL in Berlin where she premiered PAN for Soprano and Orchestra by Paul Ben-Haim under Lior Shambadal with the Berliner Symphoniker. She performed the program "Feeling Manuscripts"as well.
The program has been recorded and broadcast by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.