As it does each year, the Harvard Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society conferred honorary memberships on college alumni from the fiftieth-reunion class. Purchase College Professor Steven Lubin, who graduated from Harvard College in 1963, was among the ten distinguished honorees. Lubin, an accomplished and world-renowned pianist and fortepianist, has also taught at Cornell, Vassar, and the Juilliard School.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is considered to be the most prestigious academic honor society in the United States. Founded at the College of Wiliam and Mary, it is the first collegiate Greek-letter fraternity and is the oldest existing American academic honor society. Invitation to membership is a reflection of outstanding achievement.
In the past few seasons, Lubin has performed as concerto soloist or recitalist in England, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Ukraine, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, and all across North America. He has appeared as soloist in many of the world's great concert halls (Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, Barbican Center, Kennedy Center, Davies, Herbst, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Wigmore, Queen Elizabeth, St. John's Smith Square, Myerson, Ambassador, Ordway, Severance, El Auditorio de Zaragoza, etc.), and in major international festivals (Lufthansa, South Bank, Regensburg, Colmar, Utrecht, La Roque d'Anthéron, Aranjuez, Ravinia, Espoo, Mostly Mozart, Mainly Mozart, etc.). He has performed with the National Symphony, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the St. Paul and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music of London, the Wiener Akademie, Il Fondamento, and many others. He has recorded twenty CDs, mostly for major labels, and has received critical approbation worldwide for his artistry, musical originality and technical excellence.
Lubin holds graduate degrees from the Juilliard School (Masters, Piano); and New York University (Ph.D., Musicology). He has been teaching in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College since 1975.
Photo: Professor Lubin flanked by two Harvard undregradates dressed in colonial costumes, about to lead a fife-and-drum procession of Phi Beta inductees to the ceremony site.