Robert Eisenstein

Robert Eisenstein, violin, viol, recorder, founding member and program director of the Folger Consort, with which he has toured nationally, recorded extensively and for which he has composed program notes and lectured frequently on its wide ranging repertoire from the middle ages to the baroque. In addition to his work with the Consort, he is the director of the Five College Early Music Program in western Massachusetts, where he teaches music history, performs regularly on viola da gamba, violin, and medieval fiddle, and coordinates and directs student performances of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. He is an active participant in Five College Medieval Studies and recently served as a Music Director for the Five College Opera Project production of the first opera by a woman composer, Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero. He has a particular interest in the use of computer technology in the service of music and enjoys teaching a course at Mount Holyoke College called Fun with Music and Technology. He has performed with many ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, the Newberry Consort, the National Symphony, Western Wind, and recently at Tanglewood, Amherst Early Music, and other summer festivals. He studied viola da gamba with Judith Davidoff and Richard Taruskin.