Elke Baker
1995 U.S. National 
Scottish Fiddle Champion

"Some of the greatest Scottish music to be heard anywhere"


U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker has played all over North America and in places as far-flung as Japan, West Africa, and Scotland, as well at The Birchmere (with Ken Kolodner) and the Kennedy Center in her hometown of Washington, D.C.  Elke is a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music, where she teaches history and performance of Celtic music.  She brings a scholar's depth of knowledge and an extremely engaging manner to her performances, as well as an intimate knowledge of just what makes people want to dance.  Elke’s new CD, Caledonian Muse (with her Scottish band Terpsichore) features favorite dances married to beautifully crafted medleys to create a feast for the ears as well as the feet.  Elke has released two concert recordings to an enthusiastic reception.  The Washington Post praised Glenelg for " the rhythmic energy and deep emotions that Baker generates with her bow….Baker's fiddle nearly throws off sparks," while  Celtic Beat called Over the Border "a CD of rare delight, precise technical skill, and fulness of soul,"  and it was featured in the soundtrack of The Boyhood of John Muir, nationally broadcast on PBS television.  In addition, Elke's first recording Terpsichore: Scottish Dance Music, with pianist Liz Donaldson, is a classic of the genre and is popular with dancers and listeners around the world.

Bookings, Orders, and Information

Elke Baker—Scottish Fiddle Music
PO Box 236
Glenelg, MD 21737
(301) 854-9161

updated: 11/09/06