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    Richard Luby


      We mourn the passing of Professor Richard Luby, who died on January 29, 2013  at the age of 68. A professor of violin and chamber music at UNC since 1979, Prof. Luby had taught hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students and touched countless others through his music. This was nowhere more clear than at the  memorial gathering for Prof. Luby in Hill Hall Auditorium on February 1, 2013. You can view a video of that gathering in its entirety below.

      Gifts in Prof. Luby's memory may be directed to the Richard Luby Memorial Fund, which will perpetuate its namesake's good work by providing financial support to music students. For information on how to give, select the "Make a Gift" link at the top of this page.

      Richard Luby (Professor) holds a D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music, an M.M. from the Juilliard School of Music, and a B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music. His career extends from Baroque and Classical music on historical instruments through the newest repertoire for modern violin.  He has been on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, a Visiting Professor at the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Guest Professor at the Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa Mexico.

      Mr. Luby has appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa of Mexico, National Radio Orchestra of Poland, the Rochester Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony, among others. In recital he has 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.

      Mr. Luby has a special interest in the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach and has performed them, on Baroque violin and modern, 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.

      Mr. Luby has been 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, Bach Concerti on Society Records, and Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Baroque Violin, recorded for BBC broadcast by Meridian Records.

      Mr. Luby has 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 has been a guest clinician at universities and conservatories throughout the United States and Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China.  As soloist with the UNC Symphony Orchestra Luby has performed concerti by Barber, Berg, Brahms, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Symphonie Concertante of Mozart.

      Luby is Associate Chair for Performance in the UNC Music Department and Co- Artistic Director of MYCO Music, a chamber program for pre-college student musicians at UNC.

      Mr. Luby plays a Michelangelo Bergonzi made in Cremona in 1757. His bows are by Domonique Piccatte, Francois Tourte, and John Tubbs.

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