Pic: Courtesy of the Leo Beck Institute, New York
Eduard Birnbaum (born 1855 in Krakow, died 1920 in Königsberg) was cantor, composer, choral conductor and one of the first explorers of Jewish music. After studying singing with Salomon Sulzer in Vienna, he was appointed principal cantor at the Königsberg Synagogue in 1879, where he worked very successfully until his death. His extensive collection of Jewish music can be found today as the Birnbaum Collection at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati.
Video 5 min presentation of the collectiion