The new Musical Director of Peninsula Arts, acclaimed concert pianist Dr Robert Taub, is promising to use all his skills and experience to make Plymouth’s music scene as ‘vibrant and as great’ as it can be.
Dr Taub, a world-renowned performer best known for his superlative interpretation of Beethoven, has this month taken up the role overseeing the music element of the University of Plymouth’s public art programme.
In an impressive CV covering performance, concert programming and academia, he has played as guest soloist with some of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.
A graduate of Princeton University, he also held the position of Artist-in-Residence at its Institute for Advanced Study, where his only predecessor in the role was T S Eliot.
During his time as Visiting Professor at Kingston University in the UK, Dr Taub organised and performed a sold-out series of concerts at London’s Hampton Court Palace in which he played the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven.
He is a passionate and eloquent speaker on the importance and power of music from any period, and plans to use all his varied talents in support of music in Plymouth and the region.
Dr Taub said:
“Part of the decision to come here is that everyone I’ve met is enthusiastic, and everyone has an extremely positive attitude. Plymouth has a great history, and Peninsula Arts has a great history too.