20-year old violist Matthew Lipman, who has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his “splendid technique and musical sensitivity” and “warm, burnished, singing tone”, is fast emerging as one of America’s most exciting young violists.
His professional debut with the Ars Viva Symphony was named “the Most Impressive Debut” in Chicago Classical Review’s “Top 10 Performances of 2010”. He has performed extensively in halls across America and Europe, including solo and chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and has appeared as soloist with the Ars Viva Symphony, the Capital City Symphony, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and more.
Matthew began his music studies on the viola at age ten in a public school string program and has since won numerous awards and honors. Recently, Matthew won
at the 2012 Washington International Competition, First Prize and the Bach Prize at the 2012 Stulberg International String Competition and First and Grand Prize at the 2012 WAMSO Young Artist Competition. He will subsequently make his Grand Rapids Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra subscription debuts in upcoming seasons. He has previously garnered an honorable mention at the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition and has won First Prize at the Johansen International String Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition, the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, the Music Institute of Chicago Concerto Competition, and the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, among others. He has been featured often on the acclaimed National Public Radio show From the Top, along with its PBS television counterpart, through which he won a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Matthew is also the current recipient of a Career Grant from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.
An avid chamber musician, Matthew was a member of Quartet Polaris, which was awarded the Gold Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He has performed at the Music@Menlo Summer and Winter Festivals and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Matthew has collaborated with prominent artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Finckel, Paul Katz, and Rachel Barton Pine, and has performed in masterclasses for violists Pinchas Zukerman, Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Thomas Riebl, Roberto Diaz, Paul Coletti, Lawrence Dutton, and Helen Callus. Matthew has attended the Perlman Music Program, Bad-Leonfelden Summer Academy, London Master Classes, and NFAA YoungARTS Week and previously studied with Roland Vamos and Matthew Mantell.
Born in Chicago, Matthew Lipman is currently an undergraduate student of Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory at the Juilliard School, where he serves as Principal Viola of the Juilliard Orchestra.
He performs on a fine viola by Matteo Goffriller, 1700, on generous loan from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation.