A biography of Paul Laubin

Paul Laubin was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1932. His father, Alfred Laubin, was principal oboe in the Hartford Symphony and Professor of Oboe at Hartt School of Music, while experimenting with oboe-making in his spare time. Paul grew up working on oboes in his dad's shop after school, and after an academically outstanding high school career, he enrolled at Louisiana State University School of Music as a scholarship student of Frank Stalzer. He left LSU after two years to study instrument making with his father who, along with William Lym in Los Angeles, were the only two makers of professional quality oboes and English horns at that time in the United States. In addition, Paul Laubin studied oboe privately with Jean DeVergie, Ralph Gomberg, and Harry Shulman, and has continued to play the oboe professionally with numerous orchestras and ensembles for thirty years. When Alfred Laubin died in 1976, Paul Laubin inherited the business, which had been started as a part-time hobby in 1931. Paul Laubin now has thirty-eight years of experience in the manufacture and repair of Laubin oboes and English horns, which are played and valued by professional oboists in major orchestras throughout the world. Paul's passionate hobby is bicycling: "If my oboe business goes bust, I'll get a bicycle shop so I can ride all the new bikes that come out!"