Dr Richard Elliot Luby

Death 29 Jan 2013
Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 105405690 · View Source
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Mother: Miriam Cutler Luby

Dr. Luby was 68 at the time of his death.

Professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1979, Dr. Luby was a renowned violinist and master teacher for over 40 years.

Luby grew up in Detrit, Michigan, and was a young star of the famed violin teacher Mischa Mischakoff. His first recital at the age of 13 earned him accolades and propelled him to an enduring international solo and chamber music career which continued through recent days. Dr. Luby played a Michaelangelo Bergonzi violin made in Cremona, Italy in 1757. His bows were by Domonique Piccatte, Francois Tourte, and John Tubbs.
Luby earned a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Ivan Galamian. He went on to earn a Master's Degree from Julliard School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music. Dr. Luby was a Fulbright Scholar in Paris where he studied with Rene Benedetti and Nadia Boulanger as well as Joseph Szigeti in Switzerland.

Luby's distinguished career extended from Baroque and Classical music on historical instruments through the newest repertoire for moder violin. He appeared as violin soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa of Mexico, the National Radio Orchestra of Poland, the Rochester Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra, among others. In recital he performed cycles of the complete works for violin and piano of Beethoven, Ives, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Stravinsky, as well as the Sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J. S. Bach.

Richard Luby had a special interest in the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas of J. S. Bach and performed them on Baroque violin and modern violin, to widespread critical acclaim at the Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw and throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Luby was a featured artist with numerous period instrument ensembles, including Concert Royal, the Folger Consort, and the Mozartean Chamber Players. His recording credits include two sets of Haydn Trios on the Arabesque label, Bauch Cncertion Society Records, and Bach Sanatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Baroque Violin, recorded for BBC broadcast by Meridian Records. His recording of the Chopin Trio is due to be released by Albany Records later this year.

Luby performed throughout the world as a member of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century of Amsterdam, and as conductor/soloist with orchestras in Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the United States. He had been a guest clinician at universities and conservatories throughout the United States and Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China. As violin soloist with the UNC Symphony Orchestra, Professor Luby performed concerti by Barber, Berg, Brahms, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Symphonie Concertante of Mozart.

A beloved member of the UNC music faculty with brilliant and quick wit, Luby was the Music Department's Associate Chair for Performance, Composition, and Music Education for the last six years. A dedicated teacher of violin and chamber music, Dr. Luby's students came to Chapel Hill from around the world to study with him. Many have gone on to distinguished performing and teaching careers. He co-founded Ensemble Courant, and performed and commissioned many new works. Luby also maintained a private studio of young violinists. Since 2012, Luby had been Artistic Co-Director of MYCO Music, a chamber program for precollege musicians at UNC.

Before coming to Chapel Hill, Luby served as Principal Second Violinist of the Rochester Philharmonic, where he co-founded the Society for Chamber Music of Rochester and taught at the Eastman School of Music. He had also been a Visiting Professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Guest Professor at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa Mexico.

Copied from obituary appearing the The News & Observer February 18, 2013.

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