Discover Dr Robert Taub
  • @ “Taub plays with wholly extraordinary music virtuosity.” – The Times, London
  • @ “A visionary virtuoso.” – The New Yorker
  • @ “Robert Taub plays with more than professional affinity – he plays with love.” – The New York Times

From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre to Germany’s avant-garde Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Dr Robert Taub is an acclaimed international concert pianist and recording artist. 

Best known for his superlative interpretation of Beethoven, Dr Taub has recently taken up the role overseeing the music element of the University of Plymouth’s public arts programme.

Our new Music Director of The Arts Institute is promising to use all his skills and experience to make Plymouth’s music scene as ‘vibrant and as great’ as it can be.

In an impressive CV covering performance, concert programming and academia, Dr Taub 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, Robert 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.

Dr Taub 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. He is excited about building and leading a collaborative programme involving fellow performing artists and colleagues within the University to bring top tier concert performances and broad-based music educational events to communities of all ages in Devon and the South West.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement that we can build upon. I’m jumping in with everything I can bring to music in Plymouth. Music is a language not constrained by any barriers or any national or geopolitical borders.”

Big plans for music at The Arts Institute

“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 The Arts Institute has a great history too.

“If there are appropriate opportunities to perform, and to work with students and colleagues here (some of whom I’ve met and know already) I’d love to do so. My aim is to make the music scene as vibrant and great as it can be in Plymouth, to match the history of the city.”

The Artistic Director of The Arts Institute, Dr Sarah Chapman, said:

“Bob brings a wealth of talent to the University, city and region and it is great to have him on the team. Music is an important part of The Arts Institute's cultural offer, from supporting new up and coming talent to bringing the brightest names in music to Plymouth. Bob has some great ideas and I am excited to see how the music programme will grow over the next period.”

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Dr Robert Taub with the Artistic Director of The Arts Institute, Dr Sarah Chapman

Dr Robert Taub - Music Director of The Arts Institute

Acclaimed Pianist, Dr Robert Taub, performing Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 53 Waldstein

Introductory performance and talk

Join us on Friday 5 October for Dr Taub's introductory talk and performance, where he 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 Arts 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 question and answer session.

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Public arts season

Informed by research expertise and through collaborations with partners across the city, including The Box, The Arts Institute welcomes audiences of all ages and backgrounds throughout the year to experience a high quality programme of arts. Join us for:

  • exhibitions
  • films
  • music
  • performances
  • talks.

Photo credit: David Batchelor, Festival, 2006. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.