Ruth Yaakov Ensemble


Ruth Yaakov Ensemble
  • country:Israel
  • region:Jewish
  • style(s):
    • Balkan
    • Sephardic
  • label:Piranha Arts AG
  • type: Band
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal

Songs about mothers-in-law, sad and joyful love, marriage, hardships and great tragedies. Music that draws from Arabic, Jewish, Balkan, north African and eastern Mediterranean sources. Ruth Yaakov presents a musical microcosm of Jewish story-telling accompanied by her brilliant international ensemble.

Ruth Yaakov was born in Israel and received her musical education at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. With a repertoire drawing from opera, folk-song and Sephardic chamber-music she has performed on many famous stages all over the world.

Violinist and accordionist Shkelzen Doli was born in Albania, later moved to Kosovo and went on to study music in Novi Sad, Sarajevo and finally Vienna where, since 1995 he has been a member of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Saz, Oud and Bouzouki player Juan Carlos Sungurlian was born in Uruguay. His family originally came from Turkey. He studied music in Uruguay and Argentina, where he also played Armenian, Greek, Turkish and Arabian music.

Percussionist Levent Tarhan was born in Turkey. He plays with a wide variety of musical projects and is a composer of music for the theatre.

Press Quotes

"An exquisite, warm evening in June, a wonderful voice. The Ruth Yaakov Ensemble needs just an amplifier, no stage required, very simple and basic, enough for a virtuoso yet moving presentation of Sephardic Jewish music".Joerg Krakolinig . June 2005

Management & Booking

Ruth Yaakov
Derech ein Karem 78
Beit Zayit 90815, Israel
phone 00972 775496093
fax 00972 528936212
e mail:

Line up

  • Juan Carlos Sungurlian (Bouzouki, Saz)
  • Levent Tarhan (Percussion)
  • Ruth Yaakov (Singer)
  • Shkelzen Doli (Violin, Accordeon)

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