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Cantor Jonathan Angress’ musical career began at the age of 6, when he saw “Fiddler on the Roof” and knew that he wanted to play the violin. As a teenager, Cantor Angress performed for The Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Bar-Ilan University and Friends of Israel Defense Forces. He was also the assistant concertmaster of the South Florida Youth Symphony, for which he composed and conducted Jewish music, introducing and teaching a Judaic music repertoire for the first time in the organization’s 40-year history.
Throughout high school, Cantor was called upon to lead services on a regular basis. Throughout college and graduate school, Cantor Angress held cantorial and teaching positions at Beth Torah Benny Rock Campus, Sunrise Jewish Center, Temple Sha’aray Tzedek in Sunrise, Florida, Congregation Or Zarua in New York City, and Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Cantor Angress has starred in many productions since his first “dream role” as the fiddler in “Fiddler on the Roof” when he was 14. Some of his favorite performances have been Javert in “Les Miserables,” Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast,” Chief Sitting Bull in “Annie Get your Gun,” and Audrey (voice) in “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Cantor Angress studies voice and acting with Broadway actor and singer Paul Schoeffler, and has served as a private Jewish musical consultant to specific cast members in the current Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Because of his ties to the Broadway community, Cantor Angress has been called upon to serve as a Jewish spiritual and musical guide to several Broadway performers.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Paul spent his early years in Toronto before moving to England with his family where he had his schooling and subsequently lived in Belgium where he attended the University of Brussels for French. He then moved to California where he received a BA in English at UC Berkeley and began studying voice at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Moving to Pittsburgh to study voice and drama at Carnegie Mellon, he graduated with honors and headed to NYC where he has been working professionally since.
On Broadway he has been seen as Hertz in Rock of Ages (cast album), Vittorio Vidal opposite Christina Applegate in Sweet Charity (cast album), Hook in Peter Pan opposite Cathy Rigby (cast album, filmed for A&E), Cecil B. DeMille in Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Le Bret in Cyrano, Nine, Victor/Victoria and Sunday in the Park with George. Numerous Off Broadway appearances include Wintertime at Second Stage Theatre opposite Marsha Mason, the world premieres of No Way to Treat a Lady (cast album) and Lucifer in Martin Luther on Trial, The Fantasticks, Much Ado About Nothing and The Cherry Orchard. National tours include Javert in Les Miserables and Sheldrake in Promises/Promises.
His TV appearances include Blacklist, Person of Interest, Law and Order, Midnight Caller, All My Children and Guiding Light. A member of the New York Singing Teacher‘s Association (NYSTA) Paul also teaches voice and coaches privately and has done extensive concert work including Broadway by the Year and Broadway Unplugged at Town Hall in NYC, Broadway Ballyhoo at Feinstein‘s, Broadway in Bryant Park and Symphony Silicon Valley among others.
Paul has said that the best job by far though, is husband to Aixa and dad to two children Ana and Aidan.