Mark well Matthew Lipman’s name: You’ll be hearing a lot more of him in the years to come.

(The Chicago Tribune)

American violist Matthew Lipman has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and by the Chicago Tribune for a “splendid technique and musical sensitivity.” Lipman has come to be relied on as one of the leading players of his generation, frequently appearing as both a soloist and chamber music performer.

Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Juilliard Orchestra. Lipman has worked with conductors including Edward Gardner, the late Sir Neville Marriner, Osmo Vänskä, and Nicholas McGegan. His recent solo debuts include appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This season, Lipman makes his debut at Carnegie Hall with the Soloists of the Kronberg Academy, and with Michael Tilson Thomas’s Viola Visions Festival of the New World Symphony in Miami.

Ascent, his 2019 release by Cedille Records, was celebrated by The Strad as a “most impressive” debut album where Lipman is praised for his “authoritative phrasing and attractive sound.” The album marks the first ever recording of the recently discovered work by Shostakovich, Impromptu for viola and piano and of Clarice Assad’s Metamorfose for viola and piano, which was commissioned for the recording. Lipman has also been featured on the recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by the late Sir Neville Marriner. The album topped the Billboard Classical Charts and has received praise by both the press and public.

Named the 2019 Artist-in-Residence for the American Viola Society, Lipman has additionally been featured on WFMT Chicago’s list 30 Under 30 of the world’s top classical musicians, and is a published contributor to The Strad, Strings and BBC Music magazines. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at music festivals including St. Petersburg’s White Nights, Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Seattle, Saratoga, and Kissinger Sommer festivals. His frequent chamber music partners include Martin Helmchen, Tabea Zimmermann, Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, Sir András Schiff, Henry Kramer, and Pinchas Zukerman. Dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the viola, Lipman has also performed the premieres of works by composers such as Helen Grime and David Ludwig.

Lipman is the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Kovner Fellowship, and the Jack Kent Cooke Award, and is also a major prize winner in the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Viola Competitions. He studied at The Juilliard School with 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), Lipman is on the faculty of Stony Brook University. He performs on a fine 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.

Matthew Lipman is represented worldwide by Dorn Music.

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October 2019


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Title: Ascent
Composer: Shostakovich, Clarice Assad
Other Artists: Henry Kramer, piano
Released: 2019
Label: Cedille

Title: Mozart, Complete Violin Concertos and Sinfonia Concertante
Composer: W.A. Mozart
Other Artists: Sir Neville Marriner, Rachel Barton Pine, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Released: 2015
Label: Avie

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Matthew Lipman | 2017 Artist in Residence at chamber music festival “Eggenfelden klassisch”

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra | Minnesota Orchestra

Telemann: Viola Concerto (IV: Presto) | with CMS members at Alice Tully Hall, 2017

Waxman: Carmen Fantasie for Viola and Piano | with Henry Kramer at Rose Studio in New York City, 2018


Georg Philipp Telemann
(1682 – 1761)
Fantasia No. 1 for viola without Bass TW 40:14
Robert Schumann
(1810 – 1856)
Märchenbilder (Fairytale Pictures) for Viola and Piano, op. 113 
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) / arr. William Primrose (1904 – 1982) Litanei auf das Fest Aller Seelen, D. 343
Clarice Assad
Metamorfose (2017)
~ Intermission ~
Garth Knox
Fuga libre (2017)
York Bowen
(1884 – 1961)
Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54
Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875) / arr. Franz Waxman (1906 – 1967) Carmen Fantasy


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Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)
Notturno for Viola and Piano, Op. 42
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
(1778 – 1837)
Sonata for Viola and Piano in Eb Major, Op. 5 No. 3
~ Intermission ~
Franz Schubert
(1797 – 1828)
Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

/ arr. by York Bowen (1884 – 1961)

“Moonlight” Sonata with Viola Obligato, Op. 27 No. 2
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