Ayelet Porzecanski was born in 1973 in Canada to Uruguayan emigrant parents who raised her on the coast of British Columbia. At age 17, Ayelet entered the University of Toronto where she obtained her Bachelor of Music degree. She was a recipient of a Merit Scholarship to further her education at the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Master of Music degree.
What followed was a 7-year performance career in a wide range of musical styles - from early music to opera. Ayelet has appeared in leading roles in Puccini's "Madamma Butterfly", Mozart's "le Nozze di Figaro" and "Cosi fan tutte" and Rossini's "la Cenerentola". She has sung with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur, recorded major motion picture soundtracks and performed with early music groups, among them Early Music New York, (dir. by Frederick Renz).
In 2004 Ayelet began her Cantorial studies in Israel and continued at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the H.L. Miller Cantorial School. She received her Investiture and Masters in Jewish Music in May of 2008. After graduation, she became the Cantor of West End Synagogue in Manhattan, where she continues to devote herself to the education and vibrancy of the congregation.
Ayelet uses her piano and guitar talents to enrich services and bring joy in song and prayer to the entire community. She brings Jewish music to life, performing concerts in Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Ayelet lives in New York City with her husband and is mother to four beautiful children. If she's not in the city, she's probably relaxing in her Catskills getaway home.