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Instrumental Focus

  • viola

Matthew Lipman, viola, is recognized as one of the world’s leading young instrumentalists and has been hailed by the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune for his performances. He received a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and has performed with many U.S. orchestras. This season, Mr. Lipman released the world-premiere recording of the newly discovered Impromptu by Dmitri Shostakovich, debuted in recital at Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio with pianist Henry Kramer, headlined a tour of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and performed Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante at the Royal Northern College in Manchester, UK. He was commended by The Strad magazine on his debut solo album, Ascent, released in February 2019 by Cedille Records. He was the only violist featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of "30 Under 30" of the world’s top classical musicians and has had featured articles published by The Strad, Strings, and BBC Music magazines. Mr. Lipman performs internationally as a chamber musician with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and regularly at many prominent festivals. A top prizewinner of the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Competitions, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees as an inaugural Kovner fellow 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, Illinois, Mr. Lipman was recently appointed viola faculty at Stony Brook University and performs on a fine 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation. 

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO