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Born in Israel where he received extensive training as a cellist and as a flutist, Arie Lipsky was just nine when he won the first of many prestigious musical competitions allowing him to solo with his towns orchestra. After this impressive success, he began to appear in concerts throughout Israel and Europe. Mr. Lipsky subsequently began serious study of composition and conducting. His mentors include Semyon Bychkov, Yoel Levi and Kurt Mazur in conducting and Pablo Casals and Leonard Rose on cello. He holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Music which he received before serving in the Israeli Army.

After moving to the United States, Mr. Lipsky served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio Opera. He moved to Buffalo in 1984 to become the Buffalo Philharmonics principal cellist and in 1990, he became the Resident Conductor. In early 1995, on short notice, Arie replaced the late Eduardo Mata conducting the Israel Chamber Orchestra, where his success resulted in return engagements with many of Israels orchestras. Lipsky previously served as Music Director of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Ashland Symphony (Ohio) and has conducted major orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe.

An elegant and expressive conductor, Lipsky garners high praise from some of the worlds best conductors. Semyon Bychkov, Music Director of LOrchestre de Paris, calls Mr. Lipsky ". . . a born conductor," and Yoel Levi, former Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, says that "As a musician Arie is first class; his technique is excellent, his memory outstanding . . . he knows how to communicate and is well deserving of respect and admiration."

Lipsky grew a tremendous and loyal audience in Southeastern Michigan with concerts where both discerning and casual listeners alike praised what was known as “an Ann Arbor Symphony sound" of confidence and clarity. As one reviewer said, "under the baton of Music Director Lipsky, the Orchestra played with finesse and polish that experience brings to bear."

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra released its first CD under the direction of Maestro Lipsky on the NAXOS label in December 2009. Mr. Lipsky also has recorded on the Fleur de Son Classics label. His most recent CD, New Arts Trio in Recital at Chautauqua was reviewed in July/August 2003 by Fanfare Magazine: "I'll affirm that this is one of the most interesting and exciting discs of piano trios, or any chamber music, or any classical music I have ever heard." Other critically acclaimed CD recordings include Schubert Overtures and Concertos by Sierra and Bruch, Guitar Concerti with the Castellani-Andriaccio Duo and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Arie is also a member of the New Arts Trio in residence at the Chautauqua Institute, where he serves as Director of Chamber Music.

Arie enjoys an active family life with his wife Rachel and two children Gilad and Inbal.

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a2so - 30 Aug 2019
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