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Conductor, Pianist David Golub Dies

October 20, 2000

MILAN, Italy (AP) _ The renowned American pianist and chamber music conductor David Golub has died of lung cancer at the age of 50.

Golub died Monday at his Milan home and was buried Thursday, said a spokeswoman for the Padua Chamber Orchestra, Alessandra Canella. His funeral was held at the Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan.

An acclaimed chamber ensemble performer _ most notably with the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio _ Golub led the Padua Chamber Orchestra during the 1994-95 season and took it on tour in the United States in 1999.

Born in Chicago, Golub grew up in Dallas, where he began learning the piano. In 1969 he moved to New York and spent his student years honing his technique at New York’s Juillard School of Music. He also began conducting during summer breaks at Vermont’s Marlboro festival.

In 1979, he accompanied violinist Isaac Stern on a tour of China. A film about the tour, ``From Mao to Mozart,″ won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

As a performer, Golub was perhaps best known for his work with violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Colin Carr in the trio they formed in 1982.

In the late 1990s, Golub began cultivating his interest in opera. Under his leadership, the Padua Chamber Orchestra recorded some of Haydn’s least-known work for opera.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Majno.

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