KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Dmitry Polonsky, a Ukrainian Jewish composer, cellist and poet, has died.
Polonsky, a founder and leader of the Ancient Kiev musical salon, died last week in the Ukrainian capital. He was 71.
He initiated the Ancient Kiev musical salon in 1988 and wrote numerous musical compositions, many with Jewish themes. He was a laureate of a number of international contests.
Polonsky, a graduate of the Belarussian Conservatory, worked as a soloist at the Bolshoi Belorussian Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Later he moved with his family to Kiev and worked as a teacher in music schools and gave concerts.
He also was the author of acrostics and fables.