David W. Rubin, who spent his long career as an agent and then as an exec for Baldwin and Steinway piano companies nurturing musicians and guiding their selection of instruments, died of lung cancer on Tuesday May 6 in Manhattan. He was 83.
New Jersey native had degrees from Rutgers and Princeton and aspired to be a pianist, but realized he had more mastery of musicology than technique and so became an agent, working for more than a decade, beginning in 1945 with such pianist as Grant Johannesen, Giorgio Tozzi and Ania Dorfman, but joining Baldwin Piano Co. and later Steinway & Sons, working with Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein and others, making sure the performers pianos’ were well-matched.
He was also a finalists for the deputy chairmanship of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982.
Survivor include companion Susan Zeckendorf, a daughter, two grandchildren and a sister.