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Violinist and University of North Carolina teacher Richard Luby dies

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

US violin professor Richard Luby has died at the age of 68. For more than three decades he taught at the University of North Carolina (UNC), serving as assistant chairman of the music department, associate chair for performance, and co-artistic director of the pre-professional orchestra MYCO, based at the university’s Chapel Hill campus.

Luby studied at the Yale School of Music and held a master’s in music from the Juilliard School, as well as a BM from the Curtis Institute of Music. He taught at the Eastman School of Music before joining UNC in 1979. He had also been a visiting professor at the New England Conservatory, and a guest professor at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico.

As a Baroque specialist, Luby co-founded UNC’s Society for Performance on Original Instruments in the mid-1980s. He performed as a member of the Orchestra of the 18th Century and as a conductor–soloist with orchestras in Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and the US. His violin was a 1757 Michelangelo Bergonzi.

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