"splendid technique and musical sensitivity." - Chicago Tribune
The recipient of a prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, American violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing.” In demand as a soloist, he has recently performed concertos with the Minnesota, Illinois Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber, Juilliard, Ars Viva Symphony, Montgomery Symphony, and Innsbrook and Eggenfelden Festival orchestras and recitals at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Highlights this season include a debut solo album on Cedille Records and performances of the Telemann Viola Concerto in Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Lipman's recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner reached No. 2 on the Billboard classical charts. He was the only violist featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of 30 Under 30 top classical musicians and has been profiled by The Strad and BBC Music magazines. He performs internationally as a member of Chamber Music Society Two, at the Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Bad Kissingen, Malaga, and Ravinia festivals. A top prizewinner of the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continues to serve as teaching assistant to Heidi Castleman, and is mentored by Tabea Zimmermann in Kronberg, Germany. A native of Chicago, Mr. Lipman performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.