The Milken Archive


The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music (Archive) creates and preserves for posterity the fullest possible context of Jewish life in America. Working with many of the world’s greatest musicians and conductors, the Archive has recorded over 600 works by more than 200 composers – a treasure available through the Archive’s virtual museum website, which is organized into 20 thematic volumes and includes important oral histories based on hundreds of hours of interviews. A catalogue of 50 Milken Archive CD’s on the Naxos American Classic label is now available worldwide. Producer David Frost won a GRAMMY© as Producer of the Year, Classical, for his work on five Milken Archive recordings; and a radio series, "American Jewish Music from the Milken Archive with Leonard Nimoy," continues to air. The Archive believes that virtuoso performances of great works of music- from symphonies to synagogue services, Yiddish theater to opera, chamber works to cantorial masterpieces - can touch people of all faiths and cultures while providing Jews with an invaluable link to their heritage.



"The Milken Archive, which began in 1990 with a dream and a vision, has grown exponentially. With the spiritual and worldly experiences of so many extraordinary and diverse talents, the project continues to provide new insights and meaning. These remarkable contributions will ensure that the Milken Archive will outlive my own generation and be very much alive for my children's children and on into the future."

-- Lowell Milken, Founder