Mark Eliyahu
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Mark Eliyahu
Mark Eliyahu
Background information
Born28 May 1982
OriginDagestan, Russian SSR, USSR
GenresFolk, Oriental Music
InstrumentsKamancha, baghlama
1998 – present
Habil Aliyev

Mark Eliyahu (Hebrew: ? ‎; born 28 May 1982, Dagestan, Russian SSR) is an Israeli musician. He plays the kamancheh.[1]

Early life

Eliyahu was born in 1982 in Dagestan and emigrated to Israel with his parents in 1989.[2] At age 16, he was inspired by Habil Aliyev's performance, a prominent kamancheh player, and moved to Baku, Azerbaijan to learn kamancheh under guidance of Adalat Vazirov.[2][3]

"This was the first time I heard this sound, but I felt as though I had always heard it within me, as though it were my own inner voice. I had chills, and I knew definitively that I had to quit the saz, and start playing this new instrument. When I told my father about this, he was very moved. As it turns out, my great grandfather was a kamancheh player in Dagestan."

Eliyahu on the beginning of his career[4]Interview with Boulderjewishnews

Musical career

In 1999, Eliyahu participated in The Spirit of the East - a concert and album directed and composed by his father, Peretz Eliyahu, with the participation of the Azerbaijani mugham singers Alim Qasimov and his daughter Farghana Qasimova and other artists.[2] On that year he also performed as a soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra of Ramat-Gan in an Israeli festival. In 2004, he recorded his first solo album Voices of Judea and performed with his ensemble throughout Europe and Israel.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Balada Le'aviv Habohe Himself Main Role


  1. ^ "Mark Eliyahu Ensemble profile". Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "About Mark Eliyahu". Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Shalev, Ben. "Haunting Iranian music stars in new Israeli film - but don't expect to buy the soundtrack". Haaretz. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Bernhaimer, Kathryn. "Music Stars in Film Fest's Israeli Drama". Retrieved 2014.

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