Pola Baytelman has performed extensively as a recitalist, with chamber music groups and as a soloist with orchestras in Chile, Europe and throughout the United States. She has toured and played several times in the People's Republic of China, including Hong Kong. Baytelman’s performances have been broadcast on radio and television in Chile, Australia, the Czech Republic, the United States and China. Ms. Baytelman, a Steinway artist, made her debut with the Chilean Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17 and has since played with the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Pops, as well as numerous other orchestras.
Baytelman has released two compact discs with solo performances of piano music by Albéniz and Ginastera (1998, Élan Recordings) and by Robert Schumann (2002, Centaur Records). Both CDs have been very well received by the critics. Bell Young writes in Clavier that “...few pianists have recorded the exquisite music of Albéniz as persuasively and with such finesse as Pola Baytelman.” (October 2001, p. 38). Alexander Morin writes about the Schumann CD in American Record Guide, “…there are other excellent recordings of these pieces, but Baytelman’s stand up pretty well in any comparison” (July/August 2003, p. 147). In a recent overview of Schumann’s piano works, the panel of reviewers of the same publication chose her Humoreske as one of the three top performances of the piece together with the recordings of Sviatoslav Richter (1956) and Paolo Giacometti (2001)(“she understands Schumann’s wildness as few pianists do…” September/October 2004, p. 56). She can also be heard in works by Anthony Holland and Hilary Tann, on the Albany Records and Capstone labels, respectively. Her CDs have also been broadcast throughout the U.S. as well as in Chile, Australia, and China (mainland and Hong Kong). Pola Baytelman is Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs where she was just awarded the Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture award, which is the highest honor the Skidmore faculty confers upon a colleague.