COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 7— The violinist David Rubinoff, a Russian immigrant whose concert music lifted the nation’s spirits during the Depression, has died at the age of 89.

Mr. Rubinoff, who was a regular from 1931 to 1935 with Eddie Cantor on the ”Chase & Sanborn Hour” on NBC radio, died at a hospital Monday.

Mr. Rubinoff was born Sept. 3, 1897, at Grodno, Russia, one of five children of a tobacco factory worker and a laundress. When he was 5 years old he persuaded his parents to buy him a violin.

He was studying music at the Royal Conservatory of Warsaw in 1911 when he met the composer Victor Herbert, who was so impressed he took the entire Rubinoff family to Pittsburgh.

He attended Forbes School in Pittsburgh and became the leader of its orchestra. He worked part-time in a cafe, where he played the violin, and also sold newspapers on the streets.

Mr. Rubinoff eventually became a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and began to conduct. He went on to become guest conductor with orchestras in the United States and abroad.

He eventually became a regular conductor and soloist at the Paramount in New York City. Rudy Vallee saw him, and he signed a contract with the Cantor show.

During his career, Mr. Rubinoff performed at the White House for Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy.

Mr. Rubinoff is survived by his wife, Darlene, a son, and seven grandchildren.

 Rubinoff was almost blind  at the time of the concert. When he picks up his bow, magic happens. He talks about his colorful life. It includes personal stories of people you only read about in history books.