Violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his
“splendid technique and musical sensitivity” and “warm, burnished, singing
tone,” and by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and
“fleet-fingered technique.” Lipman has performed throughout America and Europe,
including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He has
appeared as soloist with the Juilliard, Montgomery Symphony and Southwest
Symphony Orchestras; and the Grand Rapids and Capital City Symphonies. His
performance with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra was named “the Most Impressive
Debut” in Chicago Classical Review’s “Top 10 Performances of 2010.” Recent engagements
have included recording Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel
Barton Pine and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner and
performing Penderecki’s Cadenza for solo viola live on WQXR’s “an evening with
Krzysztof Penderecki” with the composer himself in attendance at Symphony Space
in New York City.
Lipman has won numerous awards
including First Prize at the 2012 Washington International Competition, First
Prize at the 2012 Stulberg International Competition, First Prize at the 2009
Johansen International Competition, First and Grand Prize at the 2012 WAMSO
Young Artist Competition, First Prize at the 2012 Juilliard Concerto
Competition, First Prize at the 2009 ASTA National Solo Competition, Third
Prize at the 2013 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and is a
Laureate of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition.
He has been featured on WFMT Chicago and on the
NPR and PBS show “From the Top,” through which he won a Jack Kent Cooke Young
Artist Award. A recipient of a Career Grant from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton
Foundation, Lipman is the featured performer of both Volumes 1 and 2 of Carl
Fischer’s edition of the Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies for Viola.
Lipman has been featured as a chamber
musician at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, and the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center. Collaborators have included Itzhak
Perlman, Atar Arad, David Finckel, Miriam Fried, Paul Katz, Ani and Ida
Kavafian, and Rachel Barton Pine.
Born in Chicago in 1992, Lipman is Principal Viola and the
recipient of the Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award and the Jerome
L. Greene Fellowship at the Juilliard School, where he teaches violists as
Teaching Assistant for his studio.
His teachers include Heidi Castleman,
Misha Amory, Roland Vamos and Matthew Mantell. Lipman performs on a fine viola by Matteo Goffriller, 1700, on generous loan from the REB