Robert Eshbach

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Robert Eshbach

Robert Whitehouse Eshbach
Violinist, conductor, and historian Robert Whitehouse Eshbach is an honors graduate of Yale University (BA), where he majored in music history and minored in German literature. He studied violin at the Vienna Conservatory (now the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität) with Walter Barylli, concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic and State Opera Orchestras, and earned a Master of Music degree in violin at New England Conservatory, studying with Eric Rosenblith. He studied music history with, among others, Alejandro Planchart, Robert Bailey, Frank D’Accone, William Waite, Claude Palisca and Daniel Pinkham, and German literature with Cyrus Hamlin, Jeffrey Sammons, and Peter Demetz. His recent publications and invited papers have focused on nineteenth-century musicians: Joachim, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Reinecke, Ede Reményi, and Wilhelmine Norman-Neruda (Lady Hallé). His article, “Joachim’s Youth — Joachim’s Jewishness,” was published in the Winter 2011 issue of The Musical Quarterly. His chapter “The Joachim Quartet Concerts at the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin: Mendelssohnian Geselligkeit in Wilhelmine Germany” appeared in the volume Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall: Between Private and Public Performance, Katy Hamilton and Natasha Loges (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2014. He has presented papers in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Southampton, Meiningen, Leipzig, Weimar, New York, Boston, New Haven, Nashville and elsewhere. In June 2016, he and Valerie Goertzen of Loyola University New Orleans co-hosted the International Conference Joseph Joachim at 185 at the Goethe Institut Boston.
Eshbach is an associate professor of music at the University of New Hampshire.


  • M.M., Music, The New England Conservatory of Music
  • B.A., Yale University

Research Interests

  • 19th century music
  • Joseph Joachim
  • Violin

Courses Taught

  • MUSI 401: Introduction to Music
  • MUSI 402: Survey of Music History
  • MUSI 444: Music & Social Change
  • MUSI 501: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 502: History & Literature of Music
  • MUSI 991: Research Seminar

Selected Publications

Eshbach, R. (2019). Carl Reinecke, Joseph Joachim and the Violin Concerto, op. 141. In T. Schipperges, S. Schönknecht, & U. Schwab (Eds.), Carl Reinecke (Vol. 11, pp. 235-253). Hildesheim: Olms Verlag.

Eshbach, R. W. (2011). Joachim's Youth--Joachim's Jewishness. The Musical Quarterly, 94(4), 548-592. doi:10.1093/musqtl/gdr020

Eshbach, R. W. (n.d.). The Joachim Quartet concerts at the Berlin Singakademie: Mendelssohnian Geselligkeit in Wilhelmine Germany. In Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (pp. 22-42). Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9781107337404.003

Eshbach, R. W. (n.d.). ‘For all are born to the ideal’ Joseph Joachim and Bettina von Arnim. Music and Letters.

Most Cited Publications