Robert Taub

Instructor, Piano

From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre to Germany’s avant-garde Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Robert Taub has performed internationally as a concert pianist and recording artist. He has performed as guest soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall (James Levine), the Boston Symphony Orchestra (James Levine), BBC Philharmonic (Sir Edward Downes), The Philadelphia Orchestra (Charles Dutoit), San Francisco Symphony (Herbert Blomstedt), and many others. Taub has also performed solo concerts on the Great Performers Series at New York’s Lincoln Center and other major series worldwide, and has been featured in international festivals, including the Saratoga Festival, the Lichfield Festival in England, San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Geneva International Summer Festival, among others. He has also initiated and led several concert series and festivals, including a highly touted series at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (where his only predecessor as artist-in-residence was TS Eliot).

After his New York series of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Taub completed a sold-out Beethoven cycle in London at Hampton Court Palace. He has done recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas and has published a book on them too—Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas.  Taub is featured in a PBS television program, Big Ideas, that highlights him playing and discussing Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Filmed during his final year at the Institute for Advanced Study, this program has been broadcast throughout the US on PBS affiliates.

Taub has also recorded the complete Sonatas of Scriabin, as well as works of Babbitt, Schumann, and Liszt, several of which have been selected as “critic’s favorites” by Gramophone, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Taub has been in the vanguard of new music, having premiered piano concertos by Milton Babbitt (MET Orchestra, James Levine) and Mel Powell (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and recorded the Persichetti Piano Concerto (Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit), and Sessions Piano Concerto (Munich Philharmonic, James Levine).

Taub is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton, and was awarded his doctoral degree at The Juilliard School as a Danforth Fellow. Taub has been visiting professor at both Princeton University and Kingston University (UK) where he taught piano, coached chamber music, and led academic courses in Beethoven, and music of the 20th and 21st centuries.