Paul Heller

Paul is a baritone trained in Bel Canto, he began singing at an early age, his true calling came in officiating as a junior Hazzan in his home town Bogota, Colombia, at High school for the 500 students under the inspiration of his teacher and first mentor Rabbi Dr. Meir Gurevich זצ״ל and at the German shul his parents were members at, he is son of Holocaust survivors. Paul at early age 17 was soloist of the several choirs he sang with, and even then for a short while, directed a Youth Choir for weddings at the Sephardic Synagogue by invitation of Chief Rabbi David Sharabani זצוק״ל . His predecesor Cantor Joachim Preuss  זצ״ל , originally from Danzig showed the way of the German tradition he cherishes. Later, Chief Rabbi Alfredo Goldschmidt mentored him also in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition.

Having trained as a Dentist and obtaining a doctoral degree from the Pontifical Xavierian University, with a dissertation in Music Therapy, he combined dental work and taking over the position Cantor Preuss left after passing while also contributing as a certified translator English-Spanish-English to his father's translations office, acting as a simultaneous interpreter in dental and medical congresses.

Paul studied two years full-time at Yeshivot in Jerusalem, Talmud, Jewish Law and Philosophy together with voice lessons and private coaching, furthermore with advanced studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in N.Y.,  which convinced him a life in prayer was his primary vocation. Since 1996, he has been dedicated solely to the Cantorate, and has occupied positions as Spiritual Leader serving Synagogues in Colombia, Ecuador, the Great Synagogue of Stockholm and now the prestigious Belsize Square Synagogue in London . 

As an internationally acclaimed Cantor, Paul has sung at various events and concerts in the presence of Royalty, Nobel Prize winners, Presidents, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries, and twice at Westminster Abbey in commemoration of Holocaust Memorials, as well as having sung live on TV and given interviews at radio programs.

He has been a member of the Cantors Assembly since 1998, and the European Cantors Association since 2013. He considers himself a guardian of the Western European tradition, specialised in singing music by composers Salomon Sulzer, Samuel Naumbourg and naturally, Louis Lewandowski. He also has an immense affection for Ladino - a language close to the seven he speaks and in which he has given numerous concerts.

Paul and Antge Nisimblat, a Culturologist, Art Historian and Museum Educator and Certified Stockholm's Guide, are the proud parents of Yohel and Michelle - both graduates of Regent's University, London.