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

(The Chicago Tribune)

“Lipman was exceptional, with a velvety sound, filling each phrase with meaning. This was a masterly performance.”

(Financial Times)


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.

Lipman has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Rheingau Music Festival. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and the American Symphony Orchestra. Lipman has worked with conductors including Edward Gardner, the late Sir Neville Marriner, Osmo Vänskä, and Nicholas McGegan. Lipman was a featured soloist with fellow violist Tabea Zimmermann at Michael Tilson Thomas’s 2019 Viola Visions Festival of the New World Symphony in Miami. His recently performed recitals at the Aspen Music Festival, Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall, Wigmore Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and in recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Ascent, his 2019 release by Cedille Records, was celebrated by The Strad as a “most impressive” debut album while 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 Lipman commissioned for the recording. He 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 Billboard’s Classical Chart and has received praise by both the press and public. He was featured on the 2022 release by Sony Classical of the Moritzburg Festival’s Dvorak Album alongside fellow soloists Jan Vogler, Chad Hoopes, Kevin Zhu, and Juho Pohjonen.

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 was featured on the second season of PBS’s ‘Now Hear This’ performing Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata with pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen.  He performs regularly on tour and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at music festivals including the Morizburg Festival, St. Petersburg’s White Nights, Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Seattle, Saratoga, and Kissinger Sommer festivals. His regular chamber music partners include Martin Helmchen, Tabea Zimmermann, Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, Sir András Schiff, Jeremy Denk, and Pinchas Zukerman. Dedicated to expanding the repertoire for the viola, Lipman has also performed the premieres of works for viola by composers Helen Grime, Clarice Assad, David Ludwig and the American premiere of Monochromer GartenVI by Malika Kishino.

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. As an alum of the Bowers Program, Lipman occupies the Wallach Chair at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He performs on a 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the Pine Foundation and on a 2021 Samuel Zygmuntowicz, Brooklyn.


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January 2023


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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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