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Robert Taub
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Robert Taub

Robert Taub is an internationally acclaimed leader in the new generation of virtuoso pianists. His appearances at Carnegie Hall most recently included the world premiere of Milton Babbitt's Concerto No. 2 with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine. Since his debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1981 he has performed several times on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center and appeared throughout the United States, Europe, the Far East, and Latin America.

Taub has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Bonn Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Singapore Symphony. He has also participated in major festivals: the Saratoga Festival where he collaborated with Charles Dutoit, the Lichfield Festival in England with Sir Edward Downes, San Francisco's Midsummer Mozart Festival, the Geneva International Summer Festival, and others. In addition, he has given solo recitals in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Manila.

Mr. Taub was appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1994, becoming the first musician to be so recognized in the Institute's sixty-five year history. This residency was recently extended for an additional three years. (The only other artist who has been in residence at the Institute was T.S. Eliot, in 1948.) During his initial appointment Mr. Taub performed the complete cycle of Beethoven Sonatas in nine programs over three years in the Institute's Wolfensohn Hall. This transversal of the Sonatas was mirrored by performances on the Music for Galway series in Ireland and more recently at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts in East Lansing, Michigan. Sonatas from each of the Institute concerts were aired on National Public Radio's nationally syndicated arts program Performance Today, which has continued to broadcast Institute concerts featuring Robert Taub collaborating with such artists as Matt Haimowitz and the Vanbrugh String Quartet.

Robert Taub has recorded the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas for VOX. He has also recorded the Sonatas of Scriabin for Harmonia Mundi. Other recordings on this label of Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, and Babbitt have been selected as "critic's favorites" by Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gramophone, Ovation, and Fanfare.

Robert Taub's repertoire embraces music from the Baroque era to the present day, and he has been chosen by a number of prominent contemporary composers to premiere their music. In January 1990, he gave the world premiere of Mel Powell's Two Piano Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and was released on the Harmonia Mundi label. He gave the world premiere of Emblems, a major solo work by Milton Babbitt at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall with further performances in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Berlin. Between these two premieres he played the Persichetti Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, recorded by the New World label. Also for New World, Taub made the first recording of Roger Sessions' Piano Concerto (1956) with Paul Dunkel and the Westchester Philharmonic.

Among other important Babbitt premieres were Preludes, Interludes, and Postlude, in 1992; the Piano Quartet in 1996, commissioned by the Library of Congress and premiered at the Kennedy Center; and Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1998, which was commissioned for Robert Taub and James Levine by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Mr. Taub is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton where he was a University Scholar. As a Danforth Fellow he completed his doctoral degree at The Juilliard School where he also received the highest award in piano. His principal teacher was Jacob Lateiner. From 1990 to 1992 Mr. Taub served as Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, an appointment that entailed a week of performances and masterclasses four times during each academic year. In 1993 he led the chamber music program at Princeton University, and the following year he was a guest lecturer for the doctoral program at Rutgers. He has led music forums at Oxford University, Cambridge University and The Juilliard School.

In recent months, as featured soloist in the Asian Piano Festival, Robert Taub performed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, and Malaysia. He also performed solo concerts in Los Angeles and Cleveland, and with the Utah Symphony, performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3. In November 1998, he gave the premiere of Babbitt Piano Concerto No.2 in Carnegie Hall with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Highlights of the current season include Beethoven Sonata concerts in Cleveland and San Jose, as well as the Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Wharton Performing Arts Center in East Lansing. In addition to the concerts at the Institute for Advanced Study - which this season include Schubert's Winterreise (with baritone Randall Scarlata) and chamber music of Bartok and Brahms (with clarinetist Charles Neidich and violinist Curtis Macomber) - Robert Taub will also perform a solo recital at the Library of Congress. Robert Taub has just completed a series of critically acclaimed Beethoven Sonata concerts in New York's Merkin Concert Hall. In June 2000 Mr. Taub will perform again with James Levine, this time with the Munich Philharmonic (Stravinsky: Petrouchka 1947 version) - three concerts in Munich, and five on tour in Germany.

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