Dr. Diana Matut (Jewish studies, voice)
is lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University Halle-Wittenberg. In 1999 she earned her Diploma in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, followed by the MA in Yiddish Studies, 2001 at SOAS, London. The same year brought her to New York, where she took part in the Advanced Seminar for Yiddish Studies at JTS – being only taught in Yiddish.
She teaches and lectures regularly at universities in Germany and abroad, e.g. Rom, Genova, Olomouc, Graz and 2016 in Israel, too, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Beside her academic career, Diana is singer and leader of the band simkhat hanefesh (Joy of the Soul) which performs Jewish Music of the Renaissance and Baroque period.
She taught the children's song workshop in Weimar for five years and produced a CD with Yiddish songs for children (Far dem nayem dor - For the New Generation). Diana is also the translator of children's poems by Kadia Molodowsky.
Photo: Sonja Pachonik