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Matthew Lipman, Viola

Matthew Lipman

American violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.” The recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Ars Viva Symphony, and Montgomery Symphony, with CMS in Alice Tully Hall, and in recital at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. His debut solo album Ascent will be released by Cedille Records, coinciding with a Lincoln Center recital debut in fall 2018. His recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields topped the Billboard charts. He was featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of “30 Under 30” of the world’s top classical musicians and has been profiled by The Strad and BBC Music magazines. He performs regularly at the Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Seattle, Cleveland, and White Nights festivals. A top prizewinner of the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Viola Competitions, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Heidi Castleman, and was further mentored by Tabea Zimmermann at the Kronberg Academy. A native of Chicago and an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Mr. Lipman is on faculty at Stony Brook University and performs on a fine 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.