Cantor Vadim Tunitsky
With my voice, compassion, and joy, let me touch the strings of your soul
My mom tells me that I was born a happy child with a smile that lit up the room and a joyous spirit that elated those around me. I started singing when I was two. At seven, I discovered a gift for the violin. Even as a child I knew that my musical gifts were from the Divine, a conduit for G-d to heal, to lift, to enlighten, to exalt, and to protect. These gifts became my life’s work: to make a difference in people's lives by bringing them joy at the time of celebration and healing at the time of pain. I’ve been blessed to be able to do just that, touching the lives of thousands of people with the sound of my voice and violin at hundreds of life cycle events, including weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, circumcisions, baby namings, and, funerals.
My formal musical education began when I was seven years old at a music school for children and continued through college and the conservatory. For a number of years I worked at the Light Opera House in my home city of Kharkov, Ukraine. But my best years in music began when my family and I came to the US as refugees in 1988, years prophesized (read my book “The Strings of My Soul”) for me by an old man who saw what I could never have envisioned. Hebrew Union College in New York opened for me the world of Jewish Cantorial Music - my true vocation, mission, and passion for life.
My musical career has taken me all over the world, from America to Austria to Italy to Israel to Russia to Ukraine and it has been amazing, joyous, and sometimes bittersweet. From returning to sing at Tempio Majore in Rome, Italy 25 years after singing my first Hebrew prayer there in 1988 to returning to Kharkov, Ukraine to contribute my musical gift at the Holocaust Memorial for the benefit and in the memory of the massacred Jews. I was also fortunate to spend 19 wonderful years at Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas, forming deep and meaningful friendships and bonds with this beautiful city and its wonderful community. Today, I am blessed to be able to continue my work within all these communities, near and far, and I look forward to sharing my voice, my violin music, my compassion and love for my people with you.
Cantor Vadim Tunitsky