"splendid technique and musical sensitivity." - Chicago Tribune
American violist Matthew Lipman has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.” He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the Juilliard Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist at the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, New World Symphony, Wigmore Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Strad praised his “most impressive” 2019 Cedille Records debut album Ascent, which included world premiere recordings of Shostakovich and Clarice Assad, and his recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and Sir Neville Marriner on the Avie label topped the Billboard Classical Charts. A former artist-in-residence for the American Viola Society, he was featured on WFMT Chicago’s list “30 Under 30” of the world’s top classical musicians. Additionally, he has appeared on PBS, Now Hear This, and Live from Lincoln Center. An alum of CMS’s Bowers Program, he performs regularly at the Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and Rheingau festivals. He was the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a major prize winner in the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Competitions, and he studied at the Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman and at the Kronberg Academy with Tabea Zimmermann. Lipman is on faculty at Stony Brook University and performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola on generous loan from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation. He holds the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Chair at CMS.