Igor Lipinski earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance, Literature and Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester where he studied piano under the tutelage of Prof. Douglas Humpherys. As a teaching assistant of Prof. Vincent Lenti and Prof. Tony Caramia, Lipinski received Eastman’s TA Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In Fall of 2012, Lipinski started his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at Northwestern University with Prof. Alan Chow.
Lipinski made his American orchestra debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Paderewski Piano Concerto under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The performance was broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. As a soloist, Lipinski performed with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Butterman, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Matthew Kraemer and he made a special New Year’s Day appearance with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in Hyannis, Massachusetts under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak. Lipinski’s acclaimed performance at Caroline’s on Broadway, produced by the NYC’s premier classical music station WQXR was broadcast on PBS Channel Thirteen. He was recently featured on 98.7 WFMT, Chicago’s only classical music station, playing the music of Chopin and Paderewski in a live broadcast from the Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio.
Lipinski has made numerous appearances in Poland, Czech Republic, France, United Arab Emirates and United States including recitals in New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. His recent appearances include sold-out recitals at Steinway Concert Series at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College Concert Series, Paso Robles Paderewski Festival in California, Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University, Summer Concert Hall at the Paderewski’s Manor House in Poland, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Kosciuszko Foundation Series as a recipient of the prestigious Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship and his Chicago theatrical debut as a featured pianist in “33 Variations” – a theatre play based on Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations – produced by the TimeLine Theatre Company.
Originally from Poland, Lipinski received the Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Competition for Young Pianists in Kasna Dolna, Poland at the age of 12. Lipinski first visited the United States in 2004 at the invitation of Dr. Kazimierz Braun, Professor of Theatre at the University at Buffalo, to play a featured role of a young pianist in a world premiere of “Paderewski’s Children” – a theatre play based on the life of the piano virtuoso and the prime minister of Poland, Ignace Jan Paderewski – where he received the Grand Prix Award in Piano Category. In 2005, he graduated from the Paderewski High School in Tarnow, Poland in the piano class of Prof. Jaroslaw Iwaneczko.