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.