Igor Lipinski joins the piano faculty at the University of Oklahoma

Dr. Igor Lipinski joins the piano faculty at The University of Oklahoma as the Assistant Professor of Piano starting Fall 2017. Lipinski will teach a studio of undergraduate and graduate piano majors and will collaborate with the piano faculty on many exciting artistic initiatives.

The University of Oklahoma is a major public research university with the main campus located in the suburban Norman, OK, twenty five minutes outside of Oklahoma City.  An institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, the OU School of Music is the most comprehensive music program in Oklahoma.

The OU Piano Department offers several degrees in piano performance and piano pedagogy including B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. The piano faculty at OU is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading center for performance and pedagogy:

Barbara Fast
Edward Gates
Jeongwon Ham
Jane Magrath
Stephanie Shames

For audition information, please visit the OU Piano Performance and OU Piano Pedagogy websites.

Igor Lipinski named KMTA Teacher of the Year

The members of the Knoxville Music Teachers Association selected Dr. Igor Lipinski for the 2016-17 KMTA Teacher of the Year award, recognizing Lipinski’s “outstanding contributions to the community and students.” Founded in 1958, the Knoxville Music Teachers Association is a local affiliate of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association (TMTA) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Igor Lipinski performs Chopin on Hong Kong TV

Listen to Lipinski’s rendition of Chopin’s Nocturne op. 9 no. 2 in E-flat Major featuring the composer’s original ornamentations recorded live at RTHK—Radio and Television Hong Kong. Featured on RTHK’s The Works, a weekly program on music and culture in Hong Kong, January 4, 2017.

Igor Lipinski performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

On July 24, 2016, Igor Lipinski joined the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat Major under the baton of the music director JoAnn Falletta. It was Lipinski’s third appearance with the orchestra, having previously played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Matthew Kraemer and Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta. The concert took place at Artpark’s Mainstage Theatre in Lewiston, NY.

Igor Lipinski debuts Paderewski Piano Concerto at Symphony Center in Chicago

Igor Lipinski joins the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in performance of Paderewski’s Piano Concerto in A Minor at the Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The gala concert celebrates the 155th anniversary of Ignace Jan Paderewski’s birth, honoring the legacy of one of the greatest pianists from the Golden Age of Piano, composer extraordinaire, philanthropist, political leader, diplomat, and the first Prime Minister of Poland. You can preview the music by listening to Lipinski’s NPR broadcast with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra back in 2008.

Paderewski took part in twenty concert tours in the United States. He performed 1500 concerts, 65 of which took place in Chicago. In 1892, he performed in the inaugural season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Theodore Thomas, and in 1931 he played his own Piano Concerto in A Minor under the baton of Frederick Stock at Northwestern University. At the November concert in Symphony Center, Lipinski will be presenting the concerto on the same stage where Paderewski himself performed on numerous occasions.

The gala concert will also feature excerpts from Paderewski’s Symphony in B Minor, Elgar’s “Polonia” Overture, Chopin’s Grand Polonaise, and a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming opera production of Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor at the Lyric Opera.

The concert is Sunday, November 8 at 3pm at the Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. For tickets, please visit cso.org or pasochicago.org

Igor Lipinski gives a lecture-recital at Northwestern University

On May 29, 2015, Igor Lipinski presented his doctoral lecture-recital at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois entitled: From Liszt to Victor Borge: A Legacy of Unique Piano Performances. The lecture was part of Lipinski’s doctoral thesis which investigates the performance practice behind some of the most remarkable piano recitals of the past. Since completing his doctoral residency in June of 2014, Lipinski works at Northwestern as an Instructor teaching courses in music appreciation and piano literature. Balancing his performance career with an academic lifestyle, Lipinski passed a series of comprehensive examination and achieved his doctoral candidacy status (all but dissertation) on June 5, 2015.

Igor Lipinski performs at South Dakota State University

On Sunday, October 19, Igor Lipinski gave a guest-artist recital at the Larson Memorial Concert Hall of the South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. The recital was part of the Brookings Chamber Music Society Series. Lipinski performed in South Dakota several times in the past including his appearances at the 2010 and 2011 Dakota Sky International Piano Festival at the Belbas Theatre of the Washington Pavillion of Arts & Science in Sioux Falls.

Igor Lipinski performs with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra at the Oyster Harbors Club

After the sold out concert with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra on New Year’s Day in 2013, Igor Lipinski once again joined the ensemble under the direction of the brilliant Jung-Ho Pak to perform his unique presentation of piano, symphony orchestra and interactive magic. The concert, also featuring Broadway actress and singer Sarah Uriarte Berry, took place at the elite Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, Massachusets on September 12, 2014. Lipinski’s performance was enthusiastically received with two standing ovations. To read more about the Cape Cod Symphony’s innovative programming, please visit capesymphony.org

Igor Lipinski performs with the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra

In early August, Igor Lipinski was a soloist with the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra. Lipinski joined the chamber orchestra conducted by Istvan Jaray to perform Mozart’s keyboard masterpiece: Piano Concerto no. 20 in D-minor K. 466. The two performances took place at the legendary Woodstock Opera House – the sight of the great dramatic debut of Orson Welles and Paul Newman.

Igor Lipinski performs during the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City

Igor Lipinski performed his unique concert “An Evening of Music & Magic” at the 2014 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. The performance took place at the Black Box Theatre of the Rosa Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lipinski’s performance was a special one-night only event that was presented the day before the Gina Bachauer’s finals with the Utah Symphony.

Igor Lipinski performs during the National Independence Day celebrations at the Polish Consulate General in Chicago

Igor Lipinski gave a piano recital featuring compositions by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski during the National Independence Day celebrations at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. Lipinski performed at the Consulate on several occasions; among other celebrations, he was a part of the fundraising committee who assisted in renovating the vintage 1911 Steinway Grand Piano.

Igor Lipinski performs in South Florida

The Tampa Bay Times: Igor Lipinski has two recitals that promise to be different, because along with playing music, he does magic tricks. The pianist from Poland is studying for a doctorate at Northwestern University. Lipinski, who announces his selections from the stage and likes to get the audience involved, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Petersburg College’s Music Center. On Sunday, he plays at 4 p.m. at Barness Recital Hall on the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

Igor Lipinski wins the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway

On November 11, 2011 in New York City, Igor Lipinski was announced the winner of the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway. The contest was a partnership between the legendary comedy club and the nation’s most listened-to classical radio station aiming to find the next Victor Borge of classical music. Finalists were chosen from 79 applicants from around the world to perform live in front of the world-class line-up of judges: Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voight, HBO Comedian Robert Klein, Peter Schickele of PDQ Bach fame and Charles Hamlen of IMG Artists. The contest was presented as part of the New York Comedy Festival.

Press releases at BroadwayWorld.com and WQXR.org