E. was born on 28 April 1875 in Kishinev, Bessarabia.
His father was a bagel maker, very pious (he used to on
Shabbat read only sacred texts). He learned in a cheder
and in the old yeshiva of Kishinev.
A. had such a vocal
instrument and he used to sing songs for the society of
his brother's tailor's workshop.
A. fled from the yeshiva to
Odessa and found there a yeshiva friend, a musician,
Leibl Naz, and both together went around to weddings and
brises, then they began to sing in the wine cellars.
From there A. traveled back to Kishinev and entered into
Tsipkus' itinerant troupe, acting at first in
"Shulamit". Later A. already acted in character roles
for two years with Sharavner, two years with Sabsey,
some single seasons with Silbert in Rumania, with
Gabriel Finkelstein across Rumania, and with Axelrad in
Austria, again in Rumania, several months with Jacob
Glickman in Austria, from 1900 with Sabsey in Russia.
In 1902 A. became a folk
singer in Bessarabia, where he has performed until today
under the name "Leibele Zinger".