Kaye, Cantor Brett

Australian. “Soloist, Musical Director and Choirmaster for the Melbourne Jewish Male Voice Choir Brett Kaye discovered his love for Jewish music at the age of 6, when he joined the Great Synagogue Choir in Durban South Africa. Ten years later, he succeeded his father as conductor of the choir, a position he held until his immigration to Melbourne in 1993. On arrival in Melbourne Brett took up the position of Musical Director of both the North Eastern Synagogue Choir and the Keren Or Choir. It was at this time that Brett commenced his formal training in operatic studies, which culminated in him winning the coveted “Lygon Street Festa Best New Voice of the Year” award sponsorship, by the then Victorian State Opera His prize was a ticket and scholarship to study opera in Italy and London. He subsequently appeared in various operatic appearances including the tenor solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. Brett teaches at Mount Scopus College in Melbourne, and spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, studying towards his Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. It was during this time, that he studied Chazzanut under Naftali Herstik, arguably one of the greatest Cantors of all time. Brett is currently Cantor of the Central Shule in Melbourne, and Musical Director and soloist of the Melbourne Jewish Male Voice Choir and a sought after performer.” Information from the Melbourne Jewish Male Choir website.