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(b Cleveland, OH, Sep 23, 1915; d Brewster, NY, Aug 6, 2003). American flutist and teacher. Baker studied with William Kincaid before serving as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh SO (1941–3), CBS SO (1943–50), Chicago SO (1951–3), and New York PO (1964–83). He taught at the Juilliard School (1954–81) and Curtis Institute (1980–2003). Upon his retirement from the New York PO he concertized and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, conducting more than two dozen master classes. His students included Paula Robison, Jeffrey Khaner, Eugenia Zukerman, Gary Schocker, and Jeanne Baxtresser. Baker performed with the Bach Aria Group (1946–64), developing an affinity for Baroque music that resulted in a published collection of flute solos from Bach’s cantatas, oratorios, and Passions (1972). His recordings include the complete works for flute by Bach and Handel, as well as the Mozart flute concertos....