Cantor Robbie Solomon is internationally known as a composer of Jewish choral works and synagogue repertoire. His stirring anthem “Leaving Mother Russia”, written in 1979, became the rallying cry of the Soviet Jewry movement and established him as a musical interpreter of Jewish conscience. He has since authored dozens of songs of Jewish content, including “World of Our Fathers”, “Falasha Nevermore”, Peace by Piece,” and is well known as a performer/song writer with the popular Jewish music group SAFAM. In addition to over ten original CD’s with SAFAM, Cantor Solomon’s works have been performed and recorded by numerous cantors and choirs throughout the world.
His many published and recorded works include a Choral Series published by Transcontinental Music Publications, Zimrat Shalom a Friday night service written for Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR in1989; a Havdalah service, for Temple Emanuel, Worcester, MA in 1993; a Torah Service, for Temple Beth-El, Northbrook, IL in 1999 and a Friday night service written for Temple Emanu-El of Atlanta, GA in 2008. A collection of his pieces for synagogue, The Robbie Solomon Collection vol. 1, was published along with an accompanying CD in 2008.
Solomon’s synagogue works are characterized by their melodic lyricism and accessibility. As a cantor, Robbie fashions his compositions for use in the services. His music strives to bring the voice of the congregation into the prayers, mixing the familiar with the new.
A major accomplishment in recent years was the production of Cantor Robbie Solomon’s full-length original musical, “The Orphan Queen--the story of Esther”, which has been produced in several locations since it’s first run in 1997 including a four week engagement in the Spring of 1999 at the Jewish Theatre of New England.
Along with an Orthodox upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland, and rabbinical study at the Hebrew Union College, Cantor Solomon received conservatory training at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. He is certified with both the Reform and Conservative movements, the ACC and CA respectively.
Cantor Solomon -- presently the cantor at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation -- and his wife, Helen, live in Baltimore, MD; they have two sons, Byron and Sam.