Chicago violinist Elliott Golub, who served as concertmaster of Music of the Baroque from its founding in 1972 until 2006, died last week at the age of 85.
"He was an outstanding musician, leader, and orchestral contractor who was largely responsible for building the orchestra as we know it today," said MOB executive director Declan McGovern in a statement. "Although he retired in 2006, he remained very close to MOB. He loved our organization and attended rehearsals and concerts right up to the end of last season. He was kind, talented and generous. We will miss him greatly."
Born in Chicago, Golub started violin at age 10. He earned his bachelor's degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1956, after which he joined the Army and played as concertmaster with the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, touring throughout Europe. In 1961 he earned his master’s degree in music from Chicago Musical College, part of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
During his early career he played with the Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Robert Shaw Chorale, Joffrey Ballet, Grant Park Orchestra and Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago. He earned a number of awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Otto Wirth Award for Lifetime Achievement from Roosevelt University.
During the 90s and early 2000's Golub's group, Trio Chicago & Friends, toured the world with the mission of cultural diplomacy. Golub also was a trustee for the Music Institute of Chicago and a governing member of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"To know Elliott was to know an artistic soul, a sharp mind, and a true gentleman," said violin maker Gregg Alf in Golub's Legacy guest book. "He loved music and his generosity is still felt by all of us here in Cremona, Italy, where an exhibition of his cherished violin had recently been inaugurated."
Golub played on the 1734 "Spagnoletti" Guarneri 'del Gesù' violin.Tweet
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