American violist Matthew Lipman has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing,” and has come to be relied on as one of the leading soloists and chamber musicians of his generation. 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, among others, 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, Lipman was 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. Additionally, he has appeared multiple times on PBS, on the second season of ‘Now Hear This’, and ‘Live from Lincoln Center’. An alum of the Bowers Program, Lipman performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and 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.