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Robert Taub (born 1955) is an American concert pianist, recording artist, author, and entrepreneur.
Performing arts career
Robert Taub is a concert pianist renowned for his performances of Beethoven and contemporary music. He has performed as guest soloist with the world's leading orchestras, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. As winner of the first Peabody Mason Award (1983), his debut performance was at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City.
In addition to his performances with leading orchestras, Taub has performed solo concerts on the Great Performers Series at New York's Lincoln Center and other major series worldwide. He has initiated and directed several concert series and festivals - including a series at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (where his only predecessor as Artist-in-Residence was T.S. Eliot).
Taub has recorded the complete Sonatas of Beethoven and Scriabin, as well as works of Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt, several of which have been selected as "critic's favorites" by Gramophone, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. His most recently released recording is the Sessions Piano Concerto with James Levine and the Munich Philharmonic. Taub's book – Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas – has become a standard for the Beethoven literature.
A champion of new music as well as established literature, Taub has premiered piano concertos by Milton Babbitt (MET Orchestra, James Levine) and Mel Powell (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and making the first recordings of the Vincent Persichetti 'Piano Concerto (Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit) and Roger Sessions Piano Concerto. He has premiered six works of Babbitt (solo piano, chamber music, 2nd Piano Concerto). Taub also initiated collaborations with several younger composers, including Jonathan Dawe (USA), David Bessell (UK) and Ludger Brümmer (Germany), performing their 21st century works in America and Europe.
Taub was featured on the PBS television program Big Ideas, which highlighted him playing and discussing Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Filmed during his seventh and final year at the Institute for Advanced Study, this program has been broadcast throughout the US on PBS affiliates.
Education and academic career
Taub is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton, where he was a University Scholar. He completed his doctoral degree at The Juilliard School as a Danforth Fellow. Studying under principal teacher Jacob Lateiner, Taub received the school's highest award in piano. Taub has served as Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University, UC Davis, and the Institute for Advanced Study. He has led music forums and master classes at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as The Juilliard School.
Entrepreneurship & MuseAmi
Building upon his experiences and achievements in the performing arts, Taub founded MuseAmi, a music software and technology company, in May 2007. Inspired by his daughter's experiences learning violin, Taub envisioned a technology that could "see" and "hear" music the way people do, with a goal of enhancing the way individuals create, learn, collaborate upon, and share music. With MuseAmi, Taub attracted a high-powered team of machine learning experts, signal processing engineers, and creative developers. By using advanced techniques of machine learning and digital signal processing, MuseAmi now creates highly efficient software to detect, analyze, and categorize visual and audio inputs in real world contexts. Under Taub's leadership, the company has developed significant intellectual property and has been awarded several patents that the company is commercializing with several world-leading strategic partners. MuseAmi has also launched ImproVox, a "vocal instrument" app, and Hook'd, a popular social music app, that have each fostered their own energetic, creative communities of users.
- Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas. Amadeus Press, 2003
- Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, Volume 1: Nos 1-15 (Schirmer Performance Editions). Hal Leonard Publishing Company, 2010
- Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, Volume 2: Nos 16-32 (Schirmer Performance Editions). Hal Leonard Publishing Company, 2010
- "Robert Taub Piano Recital Offers a Babbitt Premiere" by John Rockwell in The New York Times
- "Robert Taub To Perform At Institute For Advanced Study" Institute for Advanced Study preview, 2002
- "Is Music the Key to Success" by Joanne Lipman in The New York Times, October 12, 2013
- “MuseAmi Announces a Commercial Software License Agreement with Qualcomm Technologies” MusicAmi Press Release, September 4, 2013
- "A Pitch-Perfect Pitch at CES" MuseAmi featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 2012
- “Top Ten iPad Music Apps” ImproVox featured in Incredible iPad Apps for Dummies, March 2011
- "So easy, anyone can sound great with it." ImproVox reviewed on MacLife, February 2011
- "For Pianist, Software is Replacing Sonatas" and "(VIDEO) ImproVox: Unzipping the DNA of Music" ImproVox in The New York Times, August 21, 2010:
- "Improve Your Singing Voice" ImproVox featured in The Independent, August 12, 2010:
- "MuseAmi Hopes to Take Music Automation to New Level" MuseAmi in The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2010: