Mark Kovnatskiy

Violinist, composer, lecturer, yiddish dance teacher

Next activity

Teaching and performing at the festival Yiddish Summer Weimar, Germany, from 14.7 - 20.8.2022

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Dear friends!

On June 22, 8 pm, the Semer Ensemble will be filmed live in concert in Berlin for a feature-length film being made by the great German director, Christoph Weinert. Entrance is free and YOU ARE INVITED! BUT! We need to know exactly how many people will come, so you need to register in advance by sending an email to: Remember to say how many tickets you need. Please help spread the word by sharing this post on FB, Instagram and other social media, and tell other people about it when you meet them. We want a full house and we don't want to turn people away at the door, so don't forget to register in advance.

Here are is the detailed announcement: Place and time: Berliner Kriminal Theater, Palisadenstraße 48, 10243 Berlin. June 22, 2022 | Concert starts: 8:00 pm | Admission: 7:30 pm. Admission for invited guests is free; please indicate the number of accompanying persons when making a booking. By attending the concert, guests give their consent for any recordings made of them to be used in the cinema film. As this is not currently required, we ask that you refrain from wearing a mask during the concert.

Due to the limited number of seats available, we kindly ask you to send us a binding confirmation by June 10 at the latest to:

Here's a little trailer with some of our musicians ahead of the start of the full-length documentary.

Hope to see you there!



Dear friends!


On February 24 of this year, Russia, the country in which I was born, committed a terrible crime, vilely and without the slightest reason, attacking a neighboring democratic state, Ukraine.

Being (so far) a citizen of Russia, I can't and don't want to remain silent. I am against the criminal war unleashed by Vladimir Putin and Russia against Ukraine. I stand with Ukraine.


Dear friends, check out the new video of Mark Kovnatskiy: the online birthday concert with the program "Di Naye Yidishe Melodyes", consisting of Mark's own compositions! Enjoy!

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Dear friends!


Finally, Mark became the proud owner of a violin made of carbon fiber by Mezzo-Forte company (Germany). Many thanks to everyone who helped Mark in this, and especially the Accord Case company and personally Davor PentekPhoto: Shendl Copitman.