Paul Lamkoff trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and played violin with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. In the 1920s he and his wife Eva Tisen emigrated, passing via Romania where in 1920 a daughter was born. They settled in Los Angeles where Lamkoff worked as a synagogue cantor and film composer. He also coached Al Jolson.
^Beautiful Monsters: Imagining the Classic in Musical Media - Page 277 Michael Long - 2008 "Personal style notwithstanding, Jolson had been coached by the cantor Paul Lamkoff, who was interviewed on the subject in Downbeat magazine (December 17, 1952, 22)."