Music lovers in Devon are to be treated to a free talk and performance by a leading international concert pianist and expert on Beethoven.
Dr Robert Taub has performed the complete cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas – a Mount Everest for pianists – in New York, at Hampton Court Palace near London, and elsewhere, as well as recording them. He will perform in public for the first time since moving to Devon to take up the role of Music Director in the University of Plymouth’s Arts Institute.
In his presentation, Dr Taub will share thoughts on a range of music through the ages and offer fascinating insights into the life and work of Beethoven and other composers. He will also look ahead to some of the concerts coming up in the Institute’s public programme of music for spring 2019, and the ideas behind them, before giving a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 53 ‘Waldstein’. Afterwards, the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A session.
The event, Music – a Multidimensional Continuum takes place on Friday 5 October at 7.30pm in the University’s Sherwell Centre.
A passionate and eloquent speaker on the importance and power of music from any period, Dr Taub has performed as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, LA Philharmonic and others.
A graduate of Princeton University and The Juilliard School, he was the first musician Artist-in-Residence at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He has also held positions at Harvard and University of California in the United States, and Kingston University in the UK, and written a book, Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas, that has become a standard for musicians and performers.