Paula Eisenstein Baker

 

Cellist, musicologist and amateur detective


Paula Eisenstein Baker, an American cellist and adjunct instructor of cello and chamber music at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, tracked down a nearly forgotten Jewish composer, Leo Zeitlin (1884–1930) and, in the process, greatly expanded the Jewish classical music repertoire. Dr.Baker has published articles on Leo Zeitlin in the YIVO Annual, the International Journal of Musicology and Shofar, and she is co-editor of the volume of Zeitlin’s chamber music that is published by A-R Editions, Inc. Zeitlin’s chamber works, now available in a critical edition co-edited by Eisenstein Baker and University of Houston Professor of Composition and Music Theory, Robert S. Nelson. “Leo Zeitlin: Chamber Music” (A-R Editions, Inc.), opens a window on the beginning of Jewish art music in Russia. She has spoken about Leo Zeitlin and performed works by members of the Society for Jewish Folk Music for audiences throughout the United States, as well as in St. Petersburg, Vilnius, and London.