Louis Danto

Cantor Louis Danto’s voice has amazed audiences around the world. A child prodigy and a Holocaust survivor, he thrilled audiences from the age of 6 as a soloist in Sulwalki, Poland. After a performance at Carnegie Hall, Alan Rich of the New York Times wrote, “a voice of great beauty, clear and true — breathtaking, radiant, as though from another world.”

Louis Danto studied voice and cello in the conservatory of Minsk and later of Lodz. While still a child he won first prize in the all-Russia voice competition. Danto combined the best of his artistic background with his Jewish soul and made Hazzanut his chosen career. In Italy he studied voice with L. Samoshi.

In New York he studied voice with Dr. Puegell. He studied Hazzanut with Leo Low and Herman Zalis. He also expanded his knowledge of Jewish sources at the Yeshiva of Mirr where he studied from 1950 to 1954. Danto soon became internationally recognized for the rare beauty and purity of his voice. He was praised for the mastery, power and control of his voice, and for his extraordinary emotional expressivity.

By the time Louis Danto arrived in the United States in 1950 audiences in Russia and Italy were already enthusiastic about his singing prowess. In the following years his repertoire expanded to include Italian, French and Russian Opera, and Yiddish art and folk songs.

In September 1984 he sang at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens before millions of television viewers and a live audience of 16,000 which included Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth who personally congratulated and thanked him.

He served at the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach, New York, and at the Park Synagogue in Cleveland, Ohio, retiring in 1998 after over 30 years as cantor at Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda in Toronto.

In February 1998, Cantor Louis Danto received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.


Music of Cantor Louis Danto courtesy of Rouhama Danto.


Total: 49

A Life of Music - Disc 1
A Life of Music - Disc 2
A Life of Music - Disc 3
A Sabbath Service Park Synagogue Cleveland, Ohio M...
Annual Concert: May 21, 1967
Arias and Songs of Love
Cantor Louis Danto "In Concert at Park"
Cantor Zvee Aroni - Newly rediscovered recordings ...
Come Back to Sorrento
Erev Shabbat Service
Favorite Jewish Songs
Gems of the Jewish Operetta
High Holidays Music Mix
I Heard a Voice From Heaven
Israeli Composers
Kosher Style
Live at the Amud
Louis Danto in a Joint Recital
Louis Danto in Recital
Louis Danto in Recital, New York and Vienna
Louis Danto Salutes Israel
Louis Danto Sings Jewish Melodies from Russia
Louis Danto Sings Jewish Melodies from Russia
Louis Danto Sings Russian Folk Songs
Louis Danto Sings Russian Folk Songs
Masters of the Jewish Art Song
Music from the Soul of a People
Musical moments with Cantor Louis Danto - 50 Years...
Musical moments with Cantor Louis Danto - 50 Years...
Musical moments with Cantor Louis Danto - 50 Years...
Musical moments with Cantor Louis Danto - 50 Years...
None But the Lonely Heart
Prayers of My People
Psalms of Israel: A Hillel Oratorio
Russian Art & Folk Songs
Russian Romantic Songs
Shabbat Musaf Service
Songs of Holocaust and Heroism
Songs of My People
Songs of the Ghettos
The Art of Cantor Louis Danto
The Best of Louis Danto
The Cantors Assembly of America twenty-fifth anniv...
This Golden Land - 80 Years In American Jewish Lif...
This Golden Land - 80 Years of American Jewish Lif...
Traditional Jewish Melodies
Ukrainian and Yiddish Songs
Zing Un Tantz (Cante Y Baile)