Cantor Samuel Cohen
Born in London, England, Cantor Cohen grew up in a family where Chazzanut is in the blood; both of his grandfathers were Chazzanim, as well as his father and two older brothers. From a very young age, he was singing for family and friends. This progressed to leading weekly services at age 13 at various synagogues in the East End of London. Continuing to sing all the way through his high school years, he then took up High Holy Day positions around the world.
At age 22, he received rabbinic ordination in Melbourne, Australia, and was subsequently appointed as cantor of the Pretoria Hebrew Congregation (PHC) in Pretoria, South Africa. While in South Africa, Cohen also attended the Vocal Art School at Tshwane University, where he performed in several operas, including Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2006. Throughout his career, Cohen has performed in a variety of public and private concerts around the world, including, England, Australia, Canada and Israel, blending Chazzanut, opera, Israeli, and contemporary Jewish music. Cantor Cohen is the founder of the Hollywoodcantors. Cantor Cohen is one of the four members of “Guys and Meidels,” a group of Los Angeles-based Cantors with diverse backgrounds and pulpits, joined in song by bonds of friendship and a shared love of music.