In 2000, Spielman retired his performing groups in order to study Chazzanut. He studied at and graduated from the Cantorial Institute of Tel Aviv, administered by Cantor Naftali Hershtik, the Chief Cantor of the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem. Afterwards, Hershtik referred Spielman to another teacher, who put him in touch with the greatest cantorial pianist, Raymond Goldstein. Chaim Feifel also added much to Udi’s education as well. Besides his Cantorial services as a Hazzan, Udi has also performed in Cantorial concerts with the most highly regarded Hazzanim of our time. He also serves as Senior Cantor and Artistic Director for the Concert Series of B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida, one of the largest Conservative Synagogues in the SE United States. Since beginning his cantorial career, Spielman has launched one solo Cantorial CD (Seven – Voice and Spirit) and two liturgical music CDs (A still Small Voice and Set Me as a Seal) as well as a concert DVD in 2012 with his wife, Varda Noga Spielman, former singer with the Northern Command and the popular 80’s girl’s band Sexsta. Spielman’s a capella rendition of Kol Nidre is the most-viewed version of this liturgy on YouTube.
Varda Noga Spielman’s formal musical career started when she joined the IDF “Northern Command Musical Troupe” as a singer for two years. Her solo “Geshem Aharon” (Last Rain) was listed as one of the most broadcasted songs ever in Israel. In the early eighties she was part of a very famous Israeli Female pop group “Sexta” for five years. One of their number one hits was “Noladeti la Shalom” (I was Born for Peace) which was especially written for the visit of the Egyptian president Anuar Sadat to Israel and the peace agreement with Egypt. Later, Varda joined the “Udi Spielman Band” as one of the lead singers. After a short time, she became Mrs. Spielman … and a mother of three strapping boys. Today, she is Dr. Varda Spielman, a clinical social worker who recently completed her PhD.
FAU Judaic Sound Archives: http://faujsa.fau.edu/spielman